Coimbra

The University is the oldest in the country and one of the oldest in Europe and it is what converted Coimbra to the "Students' Town". However, in historical terms, the city is home to one of the most beautiful and tragic love stories of our monarchy. The romantic encounters between king D. Pedro and D. Inês are part of the Portuguese history and are linked to sights such as the Quinta das Lágrimas or the Sé Velha (old cathedral). The Mondego river is the town's companion, which reveals medieval streets and historical corners, as the Arco de Almedina arch - a very well preserved structure of the ancient wall. The Queima das Fitas (Burning of the Faculty Ribbons) is one of the most emblematic feasts of the city, in which students come out into the street in celebration, parading and followed by floats that satirize current themes. The student spirit can be discovered and felt in every corner where they meet, wearing dark clothes, and perform serenades. It is also very typical and common to hear fado coimbrão in the most typical cafés and restaurants or even on the streets of the city. A visit to the historic center reveals Baixinha, where the traditional trade is located. Pastéis de Santa Clara (sweets with egg and almond filling) and capelos (doctoral cap-shaped sweets with egg and fruit filling) are the most traditional sweets and they can be tasted in the citys' pastry shops. In addition to the Sé Nova and the Sé Velha, there are many more monuments that Coimbra hosts, such as the convents of Santa Clara-a-Nova and Santa Clara-a-Velha. Recently awarded as one of the best European museums, it is in this town that the Museu da Ciência da Universidade de Coimbra (Museum of Science of the University of Coimbra) has been built. One of the unavoidable sites, and especially for those travelling with children, is the Portugal dos Pequenitos.

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Quinta das Lágrimas Palace
Quinta das Lágrimas Palace

4 star

The hotel Quinta das Lágrimas in Coimbra, offers three distinct environments: the rooms of the Palace, the garden and the SPA. Elegance and comfort are reflect…

Vila Galé Coimbra
Vila Galé Coimbra

4 star

Opened in April 2010, this modern hotel is located in the historic centre of Coimbra and 229 offers well-equipped rooms, having as base concept "Leasure & Conf…

Sapientia Boutique Hotel - Books & Wine
Sapientia Boutique Hotel - Books & Wine

4 star

Numa harmonia entre passado e presente, o atual Sapientia Boutique Hotel recupera edifícios antigos da cidade para neles albergar novas funções. Com vista pano…

Travel Guide

Up to date tourist information about the city's top attractions

Visit Coimbra, the students' city

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The Best Regional Sweets of Portugal

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Near Coimbra

Pampilhosa da Serra

Pampilhosa da Serra


Between the Serra da Estrela and the Serra do Açor and da Lousã, in Beira Baixa, is hidden the Pampilhosa da Serra and its ten parishes. Your name, a…

Figueira da Foz

Figueira da Foz


Figueira da Foz, located on the Atlantic coast, along the mouth of the Mondego river, is known as the "Queen of Costa da Prata", thanks to its beauti…

Penacova

Penacova


The toponym of the municipality derives from the term "pen" and "grave", the first of which gave rise to the potuguese word "penha" (lot or rock) and…

Penela

Penela


Located in the Centre of the country, Penela is the southernmost municipality of the Coimbra district, bordering Ansião, Figueiró dos Vinhos, Condeix…