A Walking Tour of the Historic Centre
In one corner, there is a statue of the poet Rodrigues Lobo (1579-1621) pointing in the direction of Tomar.
Head down Miguel Bombarda street to the Church of Misericórdia, built on the site of a synagogue.
Right by, on Barão de Viamonte, formerly known as Rua Direita (Straight Street), was the limit of a prosperous Jewish community through to the 15th century.
Nearby, on Travessa da Tipografia, the writer Eça de Queirós lived for some time. A marker stone commemorates this fact.
Then, head down to the Largo da Sé. Take a break in this impressive place of worship before moving on. While in the Square, take a look at the façade of the former Paiva Pharmacy, a fine example of 19th century tile panelling.
Take the left uphill to the Cathedral Bell Tower and then onto the Church of São Pedro. Close by, a steep street rises up to the Castle where the views from the veranda are the best in the city and a just reward for all the effort spent getting up there.