One of the most important cities in Portugal, Coimbra, beautifully embraced by the Mondego River, was once the capital of the Portuguese kingdom and continues to be a deeply fascinating city, owner of a glorious History, magnificent monuments and historical landmarks. The ancient University of Coimbra, classified as UNESCO World Heritage site, is a lighthouse of knowledge, as well as an enduring symbol of the Portuguese-speaking world.
This tour focuses on the historical and cultural grandeur of Coimbra, a city that has always played a major political role along the centuries, especially the academic fights during the period of the dictatorship. Coimbra is a symbol of the fight for democracy, a place of enlightenment and quest for new horizons.
Coimbra truly has it all: one of the most prestigious universities in the world, the University of Coimbra; lavish gardens, such as the iconic Botanical Garden of the University of Coimbra or the romantic gardens of Quinta das Lágrimas, where the immortal love of King Dom Pedro and Inês de Castro took place; imposing monuments and churches; fascinating museums; historical cafés where some of Portugal's most prestigious writers met to discuss the most challenging questions and the inescapable academic traditions that so evidently define city's own identity.
There are also several charming boutique hotels, inviting restaurants, the one-of-a-kind Portugal dos Pequenitos, a theme park for kids that recreates Portugal in a miniature scale and so many other enchanting spots that tell endless stories.
Coimbra has that magical spell of an historical city with eyes on the future! This spell lasts forever.
If fado is considered the song of the Portuguese soul, Coimbra Fado is surely the music which marks the rhythm of the heart of the students’ city.
Discover the appeal of hot springs in Center of Portugal. A tranquil atmosphere, contemporary facilities, and restful scenery are available to soothe your mind and body.
The Carmelite Route connects Coimbra to Fátima along a 100 km long trail at the heart of a peaceful and dazzling natural landscape.