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Coimbra, the Student City

At the region Center, about 90 minutes from Porto and 120 minutes from Lisbon, lies the City of Coimbra. This City deserves to be visited by all  it’s charm and history.

The University of Coimbra is the country’s oldest and one of the oldest in Europe. Where is Barque Library, one of the most original European libraries to Baroque.

Coimbra is situated on the hill of the River Mondego. This City is known for it’s Tuna Academica Coimbra University, The Fado of Coimbra, the Romans Ruins Conimbriga, by it’s Gardens, among others.

Coimbra is also called “Student City” or “City of Knowledge”. In 2003 was the National Capital of Culture. The Monastery of Santa Clara, was awarded of Europa Nostra award in 2010.

Suggestions:

  • Baroque Library, in University of Coimbra.
  • The Ruins Conimbriga, one of the largest Romans settlements in Portugal
  • Mermaid Garden or Park of Santa Cruz, garden of rest and mediation Baroque
  • Portugal of the Little Ones, a theme park for kids which explain the history of the Portuguese Empire
  • The Botanic Garden and Botanic Museum, with 13.5 hectares of area, the visits can be free or guided
  • Quinta das Lágrimas, 18.3 hectares around the Palace with one of the most romantic stories of Portugal. The Story of D. Inês de Castro and D. Pedro I of Portugal
  • O Penedo da Saudade, is a park and viewpoint, also called the retreat of poets
  • Sé Velha de Coimbra, portuguese Romanesque Cathedral at the time of the reconquest.
  • Mosteiro de Santa Clara, was awarded the Europa Nostra award 2010
  • Convento de Santa Clara-a-Nova, where is the grave and the body of the Queen Saint Elizabeth.
  • Igreja de Santa Cruz, which is also the National Pantheon, where are buried the first two Kings of Portugal

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