Within medieval walls, the picturesque Cidade Velha consists of winding, peaceful cobbled streets and squares, reconstructed in a...
Facing the cathedral is the 18th-century Paço Episcopal (no longer open to visitors), with a pointy roof and an exterior finished in...
Taverna da Sé
This small in-crowd taverna in the old town comes alive at night. There are some outdoor tables in its very quaint square.
Lonely Planet review
Housed within the walls of the Cidade Velha, the sé was completed in 1251, on what was probably the site of a Roman temple, then a Visigoth cathedral and then a Moorish mosque. Only the tower gate and several chapels remain of the original Romanesque-Gothic exterior – the rest was destroyed in 1755. It was rebuilt in a polygamy of Gothic, Renaissance and baroque styles, with intense gilded carving alongside elaborate tilework inside. The baroque organ is worth noting. Climb up to the rooftop miradouro (lookout) for views across the pretty walled town to the sea. If you’re lucky, you might see storks nesting in the bell towers. The cathedral buildings also house the Museu Capitular , with an assortment of sacred artwork (vestments, chalices, saint statues in glass boxes) and a small 18th-century shrine built of bones to remind you of your mortality.