Universidade de Coimbra Alta & Sofia, Coimbra

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Admire the array of architectural styles and traditional atmosphere at Universidade de Coimbra Alta & Sofia, one of the world's oldest universities and a World Heritage Site. Though originally established in Lisbon in 1290, the institution officially moved to Alta and Sofia in 1537. Visit the oldest university in Portugal and see the complex's stunning architecture, which spans several centuries. Highlights include the 12th-century cathedral of Santa Cruz, 16th-century colleges, Baroque-style Joanine library, and 18th-century botanical garden. Climb the university tower for excellent views and take a tour of the royal palace of Alcáçova. Plan to visit Universidade de Coimbra Alta & Sofia and other customer-reviewed, writer-recommended Coimbra attractions using our Coimbra tour planner.
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  • August 18, 2017
    Not that it is bad, and that is so noble that I expected much more. The result is that only the first portion of the trip and there are much nicer places to visit in other cities.
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  • August 17, 2017
    This University is the main attraction of Coimbra then don't miss the Tower, the Museum and the library
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  • August 12, 2017
    The history of Coimbra is linked to their University. It is certainly more important architectural ensemble of the city. The entrance is worth $ 12 and entitles you to see the Palace, the aula magna, the Museum of Sciences and physics and especially the magnificent library.
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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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