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Coimbra

Known for University, Historical Building and Museum

Explore the spectacular medieval buildings on the university campus and visit the intriguing museums of this former capital of Portugal.

How do you get to Coimbra?

Coimbra is a historic city with an impressive university campus and many surviving relics from its Roman occupation. An aqueduct runs through this former capital city of Portugal, whose skyline is adorned with medieval churches, museums and the red-tiled, whitewashed façades of the hilltop residential homes. Chat with residents and guides for a glimpse into the local culture and history.

Tour the charming model village of Portugal dos Pequenitos to see miniature versions of the city’s architectural highlights. Learn about the influence of Portuguese culture across the globe, with exhibits on Brazil and Mozambique, among other former colonial outposts.

For a sense of the Roman history of the city, look around the Museu Nacional Machado de Castro, which is housed in the former Bishop’s Palace. It has a focus on ecclesiastical artifacts and works of art and contains the eerie passageways of the Roman cryptoporticus, a private passageway. Learn about the religious history of the town in the preserved Velha Cathedral, from the Reconquista era forward in time. A little northeast is the impressive New Cathedral of Coimbra.

Among the city highlights is Coimbra University, one of the world’s oldest educational institutes, dating back to the 1200s. Embark on one of the guided tours of the spectacular campus for a comprehensive understanding of its extensive history and marvelous architecture.

Visit the university’s Biblioteca Joanina for its grandiose design and vast collection of tomes. Explore the S. Miguel Chapel and the Royal Palace. Stroll through the colonnade of the Via Latina and gaze up at the impressive University Tower.

Coimbra is a university town with a fascinating past. The city is located in the Centro region, slightly northwest of the center of Portugal. Fly to Francisco Sa Carneiro Airport in Porto and drive south for 80 miles (130 kilometers) to get here in about 80 minutes. Lisbon, with its Portela Airport, is a 2-hour drive south from Coimbra. Rail connections around the country are excellent.

Things to do in Coimbra

Embrace your inquisitive side, as you inspect the various homes, pavilions and monuments of this intriguing and fun miniature village.

One of the main attractions of Coimbra’s central historic area, this fascinating preserved cathedral has a fortress design and Arabic touches.

Examine the range of Manueline and Romanesque architecture and inspect the artworks in the final resting place of two kings.

Enjoy the views from the bell tower and visit the Baroque library in the former prison on the campus of one of Europe’s oldest universities.

Visit the museum for an explanatory film and explore the remaining parts of this nunnery that was often at risk of flooding.

Go on a guided tour of a library containing countless tomes, Baroque architecture and an intriguing history entwined with a prison.

This small garden centers on an old fountain, believed to be one of the earliest examples of Renaissance architecture in Portugal.

Tickets & Tours

This private tour of Coimbra will cover a lot in one day. Departing from Lisbon, you will visit one of the most important cities of Portugal in the Middle Ages, home to one of the oldest Universities in the World and to one of the most tragic love stories of our history.

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At Go Travel Everywhere, we bet on a quality service, punctual and personalized, in order to guarantee the satisfaction of those who choose us. Our drivers, and guides, are committed professionals, who excel in friendliness and care.

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Don't lose the opportunity to come on this adventure through intense Portuguese History. Spend your day exploring all the culture and knowledge Coimbra has to offer. The ancient City of Students is a must-see during your time here in Portugal.

Tickets & Tours

At Go Travel Everywhere, we bet on a quality service, punctual and personalized, in order to guarantee the satisfaction of those who choose us. Our drivers, and guides, are committed professionals, who excel in friendliness and care.

Tickets & Tours

This private tour of Coimbra will cover a lot in one day. Departing from Lisbon, you will visit one of the most important cities of Portugal in the Middle Ages, home to one of the oldest Universities in the World and one of the most diverse and beautiful natural parks in our country.

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Starting at 9am departing from Oporto this 9 hour tour will take you to Aveiro which is considered the portuguese “Venice”, the city of the birds and great salt. Aveiro is also the museum city of Art noveau and has some of the most beautiful buildings of the country.