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Coimbra

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The university town of Coimbra exudes modern flair while embracing its roots as the medieval capital of Portugal. Developed over several centuries, the city has several historical buildings with impressive architecture on the east bank of Rio Mondeg. The cafe and bar scene make Coimbra lively, and the city also supports intellectual and political influences. The presence of both forces creates a special bohemian atmosphere in the historical center. Live music often fills the streets, especially during the Queima das Fitas, a festival in early May. Take a peek at our online itinerary creator: Coimbra and its charms laid bare and easily scheduled.
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World heritage site
University of Coimbra
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Duration: 2h 30 min
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Garden
Jardim Botanico
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Duration: 1h 30 min
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Historic Site
Portugal dos Pequenitos
3.9
Duration: 2 hours
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Landmark
Praca do Comercio
3.8
Duration: 2 hours

Side trips from Coimbra

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Obidos Village Obidos
4.6
Duration: 2 hours
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World heritage site
Convento de Cristo Tomar
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Duration: 1h 30 min
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Beach
Praia da Nazare Nazare
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Hidden gems in Coimbra

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Religious Site
Old Cathedral of Coimbra (Se Velha de Coimbra)
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Duration: 2 hours
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Historic Site
Igreja e Mosteiro da Santa Cruz
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Duration: 1 hour
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Specialty Museum
Museu Nacional de Machado de Castro
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Duration: 2 hours
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Food Tour
Food Tours
4.9
Duration: 3 hours

Historic Sites in Coimbra

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Chapel of St Michael
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Duration: 2 hours
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Quinta das Lagrimas
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Duration: 2 hours
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Historic Site
Sala dos Capelos
4.5
Duration: 2 hours
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Church
Igreja de Santo Antonio dos Olivais
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Duration: 2 hours

Shopping in Coimbra

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Gift & Specialty Shop
Coisas e Sabores
4.5
Duration: 2 hours
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Gift & Specialty Shop
Forum Coimbra
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Duration: 2 hours
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Gift & Specialty Shop
Comur-Conserveira de Portugal
4.5
Duration: 30 minutes
Gift & Specialty Shop
Alma Lusitana
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Duration: 30 minutes

Museums in Coimbra

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Specialty Museum
Museu da Ciencia
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Duration: 2 hours
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Specialty Museum
Museu Academico / Academic Museum
3.9
Duration: 2 hours
Specialty Museum
Prisao Academica
3.4
Duration: 2 hours
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Kayaking / Canoeing
O Pioneiro do Mondego
4.7
Duration: 6 hours
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Castle
Castelo de Óbidos Obidos
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Duration: 2h 30 min
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Landmark
Universidade de Coimbra Alta & Sofia
4.6
Duration: 2 hours
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Architectural Building
Old Monestary of Santa Clara
4.4
Duration: 2 hours

Where to stay in Coimbra

Indulge in the medieval splendor of Coimbra by booking a hotel in the city's historical hilltop and hillside central area, which is home to the majority of its hotels and guesthouses. By staying right in the middle of the Old Town, you'll have medieval monasteries, Renaissance homes, and Baroque halls right at your doorstep. You'll also be within walking distance of the city's famed university complex. Alternatively, try staying in one of the center's youth hostels, which offer shared rooms, lockers, breakfast, and a comfortable bed at a fraction of the cost of an upscale hotel. These accommodations also give you a good base from which you can experience the city's student-fueled nightlife. To get away from the mainstream tourist center a bit, opt for a hotel or bed and breakfast in the quieter residential neighborhoods east of the university.
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