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World heritage site · University / School
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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
Tours from $19
Garden
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
Tours from $19
Landmark
Obidos Village , Obidos
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Discover the quaint, medieval Obidos Village, which is encircled by castle walls. This romantic village is nicknamed the Wedding Present Town
Tours from $37
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At Portugal dos Pequenitos, explore a miniature world displaying scaled-down versions of some of Portugal's most important monuments and buil
Tours from $16
Church
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Spiritual travelers and history fans come to Basilica de Nossa Senhora do Rosario de Fatima, where it is believed the first of six apparition
Tours from $57

Coimbra

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Historic Sites · Universities & Schools · Landmarks
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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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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