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. Our Coimbra trip planning tool makes visiting Jardim Botanico and other Coimbra attractions simple, and helps you make a travel plan personal to you.
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  • 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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  • 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 »
  • 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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  • There's a unique tranquility to this botanical garden. Thanks to the climate and to the many plants and trees that have been imported from the tropics during the centuries it has a genuine ambience and surprises seem to lurk behind every corner
  • The best botanical gardens to go in late autumn! Although some parts were closes for the audience, the whole area is huge and you can find amazing tropical trees and benches and places with great view!(miraduro)
  • Nice, quitespot for lunch after touring the university not much in the way of plants or flowers.
  • Some really cool trees but the fountains either need activation or cleaning. Lacks flowers as well, sadly
  • Very nice and clean. Good to relax inside the city. It has a small biologic market on some Saturdays.

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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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