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09.05.2022 • 22.05.2022
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.
48 hours in Coimbra
One of the most important cities in Portugal, Coimbra, beautifully embraced by the Mondego River, was once the capital of the Portuguese kingdom. It 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.
Heavenly sleep in Coimbra
Coimbra offers its visitors many high-quality hotels that suit all tastes and demands. There are business and MICE oriented hotels, along with the most exquisite charming boutique hotels with the most amazing settings. Sleeping heavenly at the heart of the city of knowledge !
We have never understood why the famous fado of Coimbra says that the beauty of Coimbra strikes the most as we leave the city. It’s the other way round. As we approach this charming city knelt upon Mondego river, we can feel History in all its speechless splendour.
Historical cafes & writers
Coimbra has always been one of the most culturally relevant cities in Portugal. Its historical cafes were the stage of many enlightening discussions between prominent Portuguese writers, where they shared their visions for the future of the country. The University of Coimbra has formed several generations of distinguished intellectuals within the Portuguese-speaking world.
To plant a garden is a task that takes commitment, love and the ability to wait. For a garden to completely grow, 20 to 25 years are necessary. The Botanical Garden of the University of Coimbra is definitely one of the most iconic gardens in Portugal. The tropical greenhouse, dating back to 1859, has recently reopened its doors. A magical place within this true paradise at the heart of the historical city of Coimbra.
Casa das Caldeiras
A rare example of industrial architecture, Casa das Caldeiras (The Boiler House), located at the heart of Coimbra, dates back to 1934, when a new thermal power station was included in the General Distribution Plan of the Hospitals of the University of Coimbra. This iconic building is now a cultural centre and a welcoming restaurant and bar, deeply intertwined with the University of Coimbra.
Opened in 2021, Doce Meu is a brand new tea salon and patisserie of Coimbra, benefiting from a stunning location in front of the central square Praça 8 de Maio, at the heart of the city. A true paradise for travellers with a sweet tooth.