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.
Where to eat in Coimbra
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The flavors of the region are the main gastronomic inspiration, which includes the aromatic herbs p…
House with a friendly service, where the delicious and well served food is made in a wood oven.
Own linen houses restaurant moved, pots and baggage, the small mountain village that housed, to the…
The Loggia is the restaurant of the Machado de Castro Museum. Located in upper Coimbra, the restaur…
Traditional restaurant serving mostly fish and shellfish dishes.
What to do in Coimbra
Claustro da Manga / Jardim da Manga
This beautiful renaissant monument, by João de Ruão, was ordered by D. João III. It presents a central fountain with a dome and, around it, 4 cylindrical chapels. All the structure is built on a tank.
Mosteiro de Santa Cruz
Monastic set with an emblematic portal. Inside are worthy of notice the manueline arched roof, the main-chapel, the sacristy, the Sala do Capítulo, the S. Teotónio Chapel and the cloister of Silence.
Portugal dos Pequenitos
This space features miniatures of typical houses, monuments and traditional and colonial architectural examples. The space also comprises the Clothes Museum, the Navy Museum and the Furniture Museum. A special note to the Pavilion of Brazil, with several temporary exhibitions, as well.
Edifício da Universidade de Coimbra
From the set stand out: the Porta Férrea, the Via Latina, the building of the former S. Pedro College, The Joanina Library, The S. Miguel Chapel, The Sala dos Capelos, the Sala de Exame Privado, the tower, the Gerais, and the Religious Art Museum.
Mosteiro de Santa Clara-a-Velha
The monastic set (church, cloister, and bowery) has great cultural and architectonic value. The church is an exemplar of the mendicant Gothic. Worthy of notice are the notable Hispanic Arabian glazed tiles panels, the rose-window at the occidental front and the magnificent renaissance arch that comes into view under the arch of the epistle nave.
Sé Velha de Coimbra
It is one of the most beautiful Romanic Portuguese monuments, with the exterior look of a church-fortress. The Cloister, from the XIII century, was the first gothic style work done in Portugal, after the Mosteiro de Alcobaça. Worthy of notice are the Especiosa Doorway, the Sacramento Chapel, both by João de Ruão, not forgetting the gothic tombs nucleus and the …
Mosteiro de Santa Clara-a-Nova
Work done between the second half of the XVII century and the first half of the XVIII century. The church has a choir and a main chapel. The primitive tomb of the Rainha Santa, made by Mestre Pêro, is one single carved limestone block
Casa-Museu Bissaya Barreto
Palacelike house richly decorated, with several historic collections. Here you may see Portuguese glazed tiles, china from the Companhia das Índias, statues and faience.
Porta de Barbacã
This arch is the best kept structure of the ancient Coimbra’s wall, which corresponded to the main entrance in the city during the Islamic period. On the arch is the sculpture of our Lady, the national arms and the symbol of the city foundation.
Aqueduto de São Sebastião / Arcos do Jardim
Work dated from the late XVI century, with 21 arches and a 1km length. It was constructed to bring water to the high part of the city. The building plan was made by Filipe Terzi.
Quinta das Lágrimas
The importance of this place is mainly connected to the history of Pedro and Inês. The Quinta has a romantic beauty, with some botanic exemplars, the gothic window and the fountain (pointed out as being the “Fonte dos Amores” sang by Camões.
Igreja de Santa Justa
The Santa Justa Church presents a sober, traditional front. Inside, stand out the magnificent king John carving retables.
Instituto de História da Ciência e da Técnica / Museu Nacional da Ciência e da Técnica
Place dedicated not only to the exhibition of species important to the knowledge of the science and technique history, but also to the promotion of scientific research in that area.
Sé Nova de Coimbra
Magnificent Jesuit temple begun in 1598. The main front, austere but elegant has two bodies from two distinct styles: classic and baroque. Inside are worthy of note the several baroque golden woodcarving altars, the organs placed on the lateral walls of the main chapel and a manueline baptistery brought from the Old See.
Edifício do Colégio de São Pedro dos Religiosos Terceiros
The church with one single nave, presents a front with 3 arches, three lateral chapels, main-chapel and high-choir over the atrium. Worthy of notice are the staircase of the collegial building and its glazed tiles, the XVIII century cloister and …
Torre do Prior do Ameal / Torre de Anto
This tower was part of the old medieval wall. After being adapted to residence, it was the famous poet António Nobre, who obtained inspiration for writing some of the poems in his most famous work.
Igreja de Nossa Senhora da Graça
Church with a single nave and lateral chapels. At the simple front the classic portal stands out and, inside, the mannerist wood retable of the main chapel and the baroque lateral retable are worthy of note.
Igreja do Palácio de São Marcos
Church that results form the cinquentist reform, presenting a manueline main door. Inside are worthy of notice the renassaint retable, and important tumular art set from the XV and XVI centuries, the Magi chapel, the sacristy, the chapter’s house, the …
Antigo Colégio de Jesus / Igreja Das Onze Mil Virgens / Sé Nova de Coimbra / Museu de História Natural
Building constructed in the 16th century, initially working as a College of the society of Jesus. Had a rectangular structure, with a church in the Center and four courtyards around. The various reforms over the years provided the features of …
Paço de Sobre-Ribas / Instituto de Arqueologia da Universidade de Coimbra
Cinquentist palace sited at the Coimbra wall, between the Almedina Arch and the Anto Tower. It includes the Casa de Baixo (Institute) and the Casa de Cima (private). Adapted from a medieval tower, it has an interior organization close to …
Jardim Botânico da Universidade de Coimbra
The Bottanical Gardens were created by the Marquis of Pombal in Coimbra. It is rather lovely and has thousand of scientifically interesting species, bothe local and exotic, besides decorative elements such as tanks and fountains. The guided tours include a …
Percurso pela Mata do Choupal
The Mata do Choupal (wood) it’s one of the most beautiful places of the city, owning a flora and fauna herd to find in any other part of the country. It has few exemplars of the trees it was named …
Percurso pela Zona Antiga da Cidade
The old area of Coimbra is characterized by narrow and steep streets that lead to the top of the hill, where the city was born. This tour begins at the Ferreira Borges Street, where the Almedina arch draws the boundaries …
Percurso pelo Parque Verde do Mondego / Parque Doutor Manuel Braga
Ample green space, with leafy trees, several gardens, some statues, a lovely bandstand (from the architect Silva Pinto), benches and a half-pipe. At the time of the Queima das Fitas (a students’ party) it welcomes the Noites do Parque (Park …
Where to sleep in Coimbra
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…
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…
Numa harmonia entre passado e presente, o atual Sapientia Boutique Hotel recupera edifícios antigos da cidade para neles albergar novas funções. Com vista pano…
Miranda do Corvo
Located in the center of the country, the municipality of Miranda do Corvo is bordered to northeast by Vila Nova de Poiares, to the east by the Lousã…
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…
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…
The historical references to the municipality of Arganil come from far beyond. According to archaeological remains found up to now, the past of this …