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Gardens in Coimbra

Jardim Botânico da Universidade de Coimbra

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Calçada Martim de Freitas
3000-456, Coimbra

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 part of the woods, the cold hothouse, the topical hothouses and the garden's central square.

Parque de Santa Cruz ou Jardim da Sereia

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Praça da República
3000, Coimbra

Coimbra

Also known as Jardim da Sereia, was once part of the fence of the monastery of Santa Cruz and dates back to the 18th century. The entrance to the Garden is through a triumphal arch, surmounted by three statues representing faith, hope and charity. The arch is still flanked by two turrets of Baroque decoration. The terrace of "The game" continues with its scenic waterfall in the background. The source of the Nogueira with a statue representing a Merman (popularly confused with a mermaid) by opening the mouth to a dolphin.

Miradouro do Penedo da Saudade

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Avenida Doutor Marnoco e Sousa
3000, Coimbra

Coimbra

A belvedere filled with commemorative plaques in marble with parts of poems by famous Portuguese authors who studied in Coimbra. There is also an area, named "Retiro dos Poetas" (Poets' Corner) with effigies of authors such as Eça de Queiroz, António Nobre and João de Deus. The belvedere has magnificent town views.

Mata Nacional de Vale de Canas

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Rua Relva de Água
3030, Coimbra

Coimbra

A space with around 16 hectares, mostly with eucaliptus trees. In the summer of 2005 there was a raging fire and it is currently being reforested.

Jardim da Manga

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Praça 8 de Maio
3000-300, Coimbra

Coimbra

A nice Renaissance monument, by João de Ruão, whose contruction was ordered by Dom João III. There is a central fountain topped by a dome and, around it, four cylinder shaped hermitages. The entire structure stands on a tank. This magnificent artistic set is classed as a national monument.

Jardins da Quinta das Lágrimas

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Estrada das Lágrimas
3040, Coimbra

Coimbra

A garden with many trees, some quite old and curiously shaped, strenuous paths and a wide variety of plants. Its importance is mostly related to the legend of Inês de Castro. The Farm's fountain is supposedly the "Fonte dos Amores" (Fountain of Love), mentioned by the poet Luís de Camões.

Jardim da Avenida Sá da Bandeira

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Avenida Sá da Bandeira
3000, Coimbra

Coimbra

This lovely garden spreads along the Avenue Sá da Bandeira, between the two road tracks, with lakes, trees, flowerbeds and a monument to the Great War.

Parque do Choupalinho

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Parque do Choupalinho
3040-247, Coimbra

Coimbra

The Choupalinho Park is a wide green space on the banks of the Mondego river, ideal for resting, walking or for doing sports. It is also a river port for nautical sports and, in the summer, it welcomes the Popular Fair (a kind of luna park) of Coimbra.

Parque Verde do Mondego / Parque Doutor Manuel Braga

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Avenida Emídio Navarro - Parque Verde do Mondego
3000, Coimbra

Coimbra

One of the loveliest city parks in Portugal, filled with gardens and luxurious trees. Located by the Mondego river, there are some statues and a nice bandstand by the architect Silva Pinto.

Parque Infantil de São José

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Rua Dom João III
3030-329, Coimbra

Coimbra

Synthetic floor space and some equipment of children's entertainment.

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