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visiting alcobaca, batalha and tomar from coimbra
hope you as always will be helpful. I could not get it anywhere - books, net, etc, I only bother you guys as the last resort. Here is my dilemma: I will only have a day and half in Coimbra (max - two days) and I am very interested in visiting three not very distant places. How do I get from Coimbra to Alcobaca, Batalha, and (hopefully!) Tomar and come back to Coimbra having very limited time? Please help with detailed information, i.e. - with what of those towns is b etter to start and with what to finish? what are the easiest connections/transfers between locations? Bus schedule will be the best response. Please help! I am on a very tight schedule ;-( Thanks!
Re: visiting alcobaca, batalha and tomar from coimbra
I can help a little. These places are some distance from Coimbra and you spend a lot of time travelling.
Coimbra to Tomar is feasible by train but the journey takes about 2 hours. Train times at www.cp.pt
I do not know of a bus route between Coimbra and Tomar.
Coimbra to Alcobaca is just possible by train also. The journey takes over 2 hours but the railway station of Valado/Alcobaca/Nazare/ is 6km from the town.
The Rede - Expressos bus leaves Coimbra daily for Alcobaca at 0930, arriving at 1100. The only bus back to Coimbra leaves Alcobaca at 1625. The journey is 90 minutes, costs 22 Euros round-trip. www,rede-exprerssos.pt
Rede-Expressos also has a bus from Coimbra to Batalha at 0930, returning at 1630 and you must change buses in Leiria.
There is local bus service between Alcobaca and Batalha with RODOTEJO (www.rodotejo.pt) but beware that there are very few buses at weekends. You could, in theory, travel Coimbra, Alcobaca, Batalha and back to Coimbra in a single day with some careful planning. Leiria is a fairly large city near Alcobaca and Batalha and by using local buses to and from that place you can extend the time you have.
There are also local buses between Alcobaca, Batalha and Leiria with Rodotejo and between Leiria and Coimbra there are the buses of Rede-Expressos, also four trains each day.
I hope that tells you what you need to know.
Travel Tips for Coimbra
This is really information rather than a tourist tip but I thought I'd include it anyway.
In 1917, Lucia de Jesus dos Santos, was one of 3 children who claimed to see the Virgin at Fatima. The children claimed to have seen 3 prophecies about key 20th Century events. The first was a vision of hell, the second was World War 2 but the third was kept a secret until May 2000.
The third and final vision was interpretted as the assasination attempt on the Pope in 1981. The Vatican only revealed their interpretation of the vision after gaining permission from Dos Santos. She was, at the time, the only surviving member of the 3 children who saw the vision in 1917, the other 2 died of influenza in 1919 and 1920.
Dos Santos was nun at Carmelite Convent and died on 12th February 2005 at the age of 97.
Through the past years, with the help of comunity money, works of conservation have been done. Piodão is now a village that proudly keeps the original characteristics of the local architecture.
The houses are built of rock and clay, covered with schist, the type of rock you find in that area soil.
People strongly condemn the objectives behind the building of a theme park named "Portugal dos Pequeninos" - propaganda to the nationalist regime of Salazar.
Several decades later the park remains, its political purposes are gone (most young people don't even understand how it worked) but the park keeps being attractive to children, and a nice instrument for and adult to identify the architectural difference from north to south Portugal, and even in some places where Portuguese have been and let their signs.
And also to understand how education may be manipulated to build convictions and illusions.
NEVER, but really NEVER...
NEVER, but really NEVER, applaud when listening to Fado de Coimbra (typical portuguese type of music). People will be offended if you do so. Instead, if you really like what you are listening just give a slight cough on the end of each song.
Sometimes, groups of universitary students join on the street, at night, and sing fado for a couple of hours... believe me, it's worth to watch/ listen to.
Walking along Rúa Olimpio Nicolau Rui Ferandes, I found these beautiful mosaics representing some icons of Coimbra.
- 1st: Universidade (s. XVI a XVIII)
- 2nd: Igreja de Santa Cruz (s. XII)
- 3rd: Sé Velha (s. XII)
- 4th: Sé Nova (s. XVI)
- 5th: Igreja de S. Tiago (s. XII)
How to get there? From Praça 8 de Maio, leave the Cámara Municipal (City Hall) on your right and round the corner, this street shows up. Then, walk for about 200 m., and on the left side of the street, opposite the Mercado D. Pedro V.
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