Coimbra

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Have you ever been to Coimbra?

Described as the most historical city in the region, Coimbra hosts some of the most venerated customs and monuments in the district. Several years after Roman occupation and medieval domination, the remains of the early years of Coimbra are scattered throughout the district and can be seen in the coastal town of Figueira da Foz, in the imposing 9th century castle of Montemor-o-Velho and in the old ruins of Conímbriga.

Best Things To Do in Coimbra

1 - University of Coimbra

Founded in 1290 by D. Dinis, the University of Coimbra is one of the oldest universities in the world. The Joanina library, the Tower of the University, the Chapel of São Miguel and the Capelo's Room are mandatory stops.

2 - New Cathedral of Coimbra

The New Cathedral of Coimbra is a baroque style Temple, constructed in 1698 and it is the head of the Diocese of Coimbra. Its inside is filled with golden altars, a beautiful church.

3 - Old Cathedral of Coimbra

The Sé Velha is the old cathedral of the city, planned in the XII century. The central gate has islamic influences and the lateral gate has an elegant renaissance style. You can also visit the church's interior and the gothic cloister of 1218.

4 - Roman Ruins of Conímbriga

Populated since the prehistoric period, Conímbriga was occupied by the roman troops in 139 a.C. being the capital of the Lusitanian country. After the barbaric invasions, a lot of the population on the town moved and made what today we call Coimbra.

5 - Santa Cruz's Monastery

Church that calls attention by its architecture: gothic style and an entrance that reminds of the "fados de Coimbra", charcterized by the "morena" stones. Dom Afonso Henriques, the first king of Portugal, is buried here.

6 - Penedo da Saudade

Penedo da Saudade is a park and viewpoint in Coimbra, constructed in 1849, from where you have a great view of the oriental Coimbra and the Rouxo and Lousã mountains. Here you can find a lot of commemorative plaques of events linked to the academic life, also some poetry of some students.

7 - Botanical Garden of Coimbra

Planned by Marquês de Pombal to help studies in Biology and Botany, the Botanical Garden is a place with a natural beauty and one of the main places of the city of Coimbra.

What People Are Saying

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"Es un tour que vale mucho la pena! Tuvimos de guía a George y siempre fue muy amable y preparado en el tema! La biblioteca de la Universidad en Coimbra es algo increíble que no te puedes perder! "
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"On September 6, 2018, we went on a private tour to Coimbra and Aveiro. Our guide was Tiago and at 9 AM he was waiting for us in front of our hotel. Our first stop was the beautiful Coimbra which followed by exquisite lunch at Rei Dos Lei Toes. During lunch, Tiago introduced us to traditional Portuguese food and traditions. After lunch, we went to Aveiro and enjoyed a boat ride on the Canal. Tiago was an excellent guide, lovely, personable. He answered all our questions about the various places we visited and make us feel very comfortable. At the end of the tour, we were dropped at our hotel."
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"Our tour guide Miguel was a true gentleman and a professional. Miguel is very knowledgeable, accommodating and attentive. Our tour began with our journey to Portugal’s first capital of Coimbra. It is also a university town. Beautiful campus, library, and chapel. Great town to explore. We stopped at a beautiful restaurant, Metas dos Leitoes, for traditional regional lunch of a succulent pig, potatoes, salad, wine and dessert. It was delectable! Then off to Aveiro for a traditional boat ride and brief tour of the town. Miguel got us one the most delicious treats ever called “Ovos Moles”, absolutely delicious! All in all it was a wonderful day. Again, so glad Miguel was our guide."
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"Fizemos o tour de um dia para Coimbra e Aveiro. (Eu e minha mãe). O guia MIGUEL nos buscou no hotel na hora combinada e durante todo o passeio demonstrou boa vontade e conhecimento de toda a região através de diversas explicações. Em Coimbra além das visitas programadas, caminhamos pelas ruas típicas também. Depois tivemos a indicação de um restaurante excelente entre uma cidade e outra onde comemos um saboroso leitão, típico da região. Em Aveiro fizemos um passeio para avistar a parte mais charmosa da cidade através de um moliceiro. Ficamos encantadas com ambas as cidades. Recomendamos tanto o passeio como o guia, com certeza!"
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"Fiz bate e volta para Aveiro e Coimbra a partir de Porto e descobrir como Portugal consegue sempre ser surpreendente. Me apaixonei por cada detalhe. Eu indico."
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"Tiago took us on this lovely tour of Aveiro and Coimbra. He was very punctual and accommodating and the car was very comfortable. We were "tiny bit" hungover and it was so great to have someone manage all the details and be able to just wander around beautiful spaces and sights all day."

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