Welcome 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.

Top 7 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.

Top Tours & Activities in Coimbra

Historical & Monumental Coimbra

If there is a place you can't miss in your trip to Portugal is Coimbra! With histories to tell in every corner, Coimbra is the home town of the oldest portuguese University and is waiting for you to visit and fall in love with this beautiful city.

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Transfer Mealhada (Hotel/apartment From/to Lisbon Airport)

Our transfer service allows you to arrange your arrival to Portugal or your return to home and it's exclusive!We will support you in the hotel check-in / check-out and airport check-in.Zones: Mealhada, Cantanhede

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Aveiro And Coimbra Tour From Porto

Visit Aveiro, known as the Portuguese Venice and discover it's typical Moliceiro boats, the natural sights and the typical local tiles. Get to know the fishermen's houses and taste the sweet Ovos Moles. Continue on to the Coimbra, the "City of Knowledge," and explore its university and old town while you learn about the Portuguese history from your expert tour guide.

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From Porto: Full Day Excursion To Aveiro And Coimbra

Enjoy a full day tour departing from Porto in two of the most important historical cities in Portugal: Coimbra and Aveiro. You will visit their highlights, learn the Portuguese history and taste the typical cuisine in a delicious lunch in Aveiro. At the end of the day, you'll be dropped off back in your accommodation in Porto.

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Coimbra Private Tour

Visit coimbra heritage, breathtaking views and have great food in a full day experience!

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From Porto: Full-Day Private Tour To Coimbra And Aveiro

Visit the Center of Portugal, get to know Coimbra, the city known as the city of students of Portugal, followed by Aveiro, also called the Portuguese Venice, on a full-day guided tour. The tour starts in Porto, where your guide will pick you up and drop you off in your accommodation on a air-conditioned vehicle.

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Coimbra, City Of Knowledge (10 Hours)

Coimbra, city of knowledge. Former capital of the country, Coimbra extends along the charming river Mondego. It was birthplace of six kings of the First Dynasty, as well as the first University of the Country.Replete with history, it has long been considered the cultural and intellectual center of Portugal.

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Canoeing On The River Mondego

The most requested tourism activity in Portugal

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Good To Know

Language
Portuguese
Currency
Euro (EUR)
Time Zone
GMT
Country Phone Code
+351
Best Time To Visit
The best time to visit Portugal is spring season which starts in February to find hills bedecked in seasonal flowers and almond groves awash with pretty pink blossom. Of course, autumn is another best time to visit Portugal, especially for walkers and cyclists, as temperatures are still warm but crowds are a lot less.

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