Jardim Botanico, Coimbra

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Fueled by the rise of Portugal's seafaring empire, Jardim Botanico features a wealth of plant species from exotic reaches of the globe. Pay a visit to the garden, operated by the University of Coimbra, and explore the 13 hectares (32 acres) of green space via its network of pathways, trails, and courtyards. You'll pass through different themed areas ranging from ordinary woods to the lime grove, tropical section, greenhouses, and more. Admire the riotous array of flora that began to arrive in Portugal from distant lands during overseas exploration in the 15th century, culminating in the garden's foundation in 1772. You can take a guided tour to learn more about the history and varieties of plants in the garden, but you must make arrangements in advance. Use our Coimbra holiday planner to add Jardim Botanico and other attractions to your Coimbra vacation plans.
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  • August 19, 2017
    Greenhouses abandoned much of the property was closed to the public and to have beside the Faculty of Botany I expected more. As urban park is beautiful ...
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  • August 18, 2017
    Get there as early as possible to avoid crowds. The library is a wonderful Harry Potter kind of experience with beautiful stories of how the books are preserved. The grounds of the university are imme...  more »
  • August 16, 2017
    The perfect place to escape from the summer heat. Shady, well layed out, with easy walking paths. Lots of interesting plants.  more »
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  • Nice gardens, free entry, lots of tree canopy so a cool place to stroll around. Only the top part accessed from Alameda Júlio Henriques seems to be open at the moment - locked gates to head further down and while there are still signs directing you to an entrance at the bottom (R. Olivença), on the gate a sign says no entry and no indication of why or for how long. I did see two signs on R. Arco da Traição which suggest there is some EU funded work going on.
  • Very nice and clean. Good to relax inside the city. It has a small biologic market on some Saturdays.
  • Botanical Garden of the University of Coimbra, It is one of the richest gardens in the whole country. Marquis de Pombal ordered its construction in 1772, in order to be the “natural history” lab of the University of Coimbra. Designed by Italian artists, the Botanical Garden covers a wood area, as well as six ledges with several steaming cabinets, lakes, tanks and fountains. At the entry of the garden, you will see a statue of Avelar Brotero, Botanical Garden’s first director, created by Soares dos Reis. This is the ideal place for peaceful walks or open-air study sessions. The Botanical Garden still plays nowadays a major role in scientific research. Covering over 1200 species, most of them rare or exotic, this garden provides a pleasant trip to the vegetal kingdom and to the world.
  • Very nice garden, we were in the winter but it seem to be more beautiful in the summer
  • An amazing botanical garden right next to the world famous university of Coimbra. A good place to go for a walk in peace or to read a book in the shade of old trees

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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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