University of Coimbra, Coimbra

4.6
Take a tour of University of Coimbra, one of the world's oldest operating universities and a World Heritage Site. Established in 1290, it is a founding member of the Coimbra Group, which incorporates the leading European research universities. Approximately 20,000 students attend the institution, studying the arts, engineering, humanities, mathematics, natural sciences, social sciences, sports, and technology. You can take a guided tour of this historical complex, which covers the Royal Palace, St. Michael's Chapel, Baroque Library, and Academic Prison. Find out how to plan Coimbra trip without stress by asking Inspirock to help create an itinerary.
Create an itinerary including University of Coimbra
map
University of Coimbra Reviews
Rate this attraction
TripAdvisor Traveler Rating
TripAdvisor Traveler Rating 4.5
2,187 reviews
Google
4.6
TripAdvisor
  • Bologna is the oldest but also the old faculty are scattered. Here is all collected in the upper part of the city. Take the combined ticket adapt all the times and explore everything that is open to the public. Take a stroll among the modern buildings to piazza Dom Luiz and descend until the Roman aqueduct. Attention: bars and restaurants are in the neighborhoods, there's a street vendor who sells ice cream and yoghurt water!
    View original
  • The visit is nice especially if you go early and there is nobody. On the other hand I agree that prices are excessive for visiting a University. What is most interesting in this tour is the library and the tower. The chapel closed between noon and 2.
    View original
  • Nice building with majestic rooms for discussion of the thesis. Terrace with magnificent view of the whole city
    View original
Google
  • The university is situated in an amazing location; top the hill with an amazing look out to the river and city. The evening view during the sunset is highly recommended however, the place itself is amazing all the time.Their Joania library is grand and majestic. One of the must places to see. You’ll feel lucky to have seen this historical and one of the oldest university in Europe. This place is also recognized by UNESCO world heritage site.
  • We chose Programa 1, which was definitely worth it- the library was included, as was the tower, which has an amazing view of the city. Not too crowded at all, only a few tour buses came while we were there. We never felt crowded or rushed and could spend as much time in each location as we wanted. Go!
  • A visit to Portugal's oldest university with its beautiful historic buildings is obligation.
  • Lots of old buildings, really cool views of the city. Lots of history but not that exciting.
  • It's a bit pricy but is worth the visit. There are different packages for entering the university, and if you have no particular interest in science and are there just for sightseeing/architecture, then go for the package that give you access to the chapel/Phdcommencement room/the library. P.s. if you get lost in the building and accidentally walk into one of their empty class rooms, snap a quick picture and then politely find your way out back to the tourist area. It's easy to get lost and these class rooms are actually used for students who study there...

Plan your trip to Coimbra

  • Get a personalized plan

    A complete day-by-day itinerary
    based on your preferences
  • Customize it

    Refine your plan. We'll find the
    best routes and schedules
  • Book it

    Choose from the best hotels
    and activities. Up to 50% off
  • Manage it

    Everything in one place.
    Everyone on the same page.

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.
Live like a local, find unique places to stay
Millions of travel reviews on TripAdvisor

Plans in Coimbra by other users

6 days in Portugal BY A USER FROM UNITED STATES April, fast-paced, popular PREFERENCES: April ATTRACTION STYLE: Popular PACE: Fast-paced 9 days in Portugal BY A USER FROM CANADA March, popular PREFERENCES: March ATTRACTION STYLE: Popular PACE: Medium 9 days in Portugal BY A USER FROM UNITED KINGDOM March, popular PREFERENCES: March ATTRACTION STYLE: Popular PACE: Medium 8 days in Portugal BY A USER FROM SWITZERLAND July, popular PREFERENCES: July ATTRACTION STYLE: Popular PACE: Medium 9 days in Portugal BY A USER FROM IRELAND March, popular PREFERENCES: March ATTRACTION STYLE: Popular PACE: Medium 3 days in Coimbra BY A USER FROM PORTUGAL March, popular PREFERENCES: March ATTRACTION STYLE: Popular PACE: Medium 8 days in Portugal BY A USER FROM UNITED STATES June, culture, popular PREFERENCES: June, culture ATTRACTION STYLE: Popular PACE: Medium 25 days in Spain & Portugal BY A USER FROM CANADA June, culture, outdoors, relaxing, romantic, beaches, historic sites, museums, shopping, wildlife, popular & hidden gems PREFERENCES: June, culture, outdoors, relaxing, romantic, beaches, historic sites, museums, shopping, wildlife ATTRACTION STYLE: Popular & hidden gems PACE: Medium 23 days in Spain & Portugal BY A USER FROM CANADA June, popular PREFERENCES: June ATTRACTION STYLE: Popular PACE: Medium 26 days in Portugal BY A USER FROM CANADA June, popular PREFERENCES: June ATTRACTION STYLE: Popular PACE: Medium 11 days in Portugal BY A USER FROM UNITED KINGDOM March, culture, historic sites, museums, popular PREFERENCES: March, culture, historic sites, museums ATTRACTION STYLE: Popular PACE: Medium 11 days in Portugal BY A USER FROM UNITED STATES October, popular PREFERENCES: October ATTRACTION STYLE: Popular PACE: Medium
View more plans