Vila Gale Coimbra Hotel
Rua Abel Dias Urbano, Coimbra, 3000-001, Portugal
Vila Galé is a Portuguese chain operating both in Portugal and Brazil. They inaugurated their hotel in Coimbra in April 2010. The hotel, being so recent, is spotless and everything looks very good and new. The decoration is modern and spacious.
Our room had nice view to River Mondego; whilst in the morning we could see the shells, skiffs and sculls go by, at night we could enjoy the reflections of the illuminated bridge and margins.
The hotel has a swimming pool, but we didn't use it since we stayed in this hotel in January! Nevertheless, they also have a Spa, and for a fee, hotel guests' may enjoy the interior pool, which was what we did.
The restaurant is good. Service is good and breakfast is delicious. Buffet breakfast is varied (for Portuguese standards) and food is of good quality. We didn't have dinner in this hotel, but have done so in other Vila Galé hotels and I would recommend their restaurants.
In the lobby there is a billiard’s table; if you intend to use it just ask at the reception.
This hotel isn't situated in city centre, but we were travelling by car, so that wasn't a problem. Concerning car parking, the hotel has an underground parking (paid) and also a few parking spaces just in front of the hotel (about 6, free of charge). We were lucky enough and always managed to find a parking space in front of the hotel, so we didn't spend any money parking the car overnight.
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Hi there, I would like to know how to get Salamanca from Coimbra. Maybe the correct forum is Salamanca, but i think people from Coimbra will know it better.
Thank you people,
RE: Go spain from Coimbra
By car you take IP3 towards Viseu. There you pick IP5 (A25 in the areas where it has been converted to highway) in the direction to Guarda/Vilar Formoso. After passing to Spain I don't know the rest of the way but check websites such as www.maporama.com, www.viamichelin.com or www.mappy.com and you can check all the route.
Have a nice trip,
RE: Go spain from Coimbra
Following J Antunes instructions you just have to skip all spanish towns in your way to Salamanca.
If you have no car you may take a trainor a bus: http://www.alsa.es/VentaParticulares/contenidoHorarios.jsp
Travel Tips for Coimbra
Coimbra is said to be the oldest seat of learning in Portugal with an University founded on the 13th of August in 1290 by King Dinis. This makes it one of the oldest in the world. Six of Portugal’s Kings were born here and in 1139 until 1256 it was the chosen capital of the country.
The original name in the Roman period was Aeminium, and it later developed under the influence of the greater nearby town of Conimbriga.
The main entrance to Coimbra (Largo da Portagem) is situated at the bottom of a large hill. To reach the botanical gardens or the University, you have to hike up the steep hill. It's a bit of a workout, but it's good for you (as long as it's not 35 C outside and you feel like you're going to collapse from heat stroke)
Wear sturdy walking shoes.
The Capela de São Miguel (Saint Michael's Chapel), part of the University of Coimbra campus, is a popular place to hold weddings. The ceremonies here are notoriously colorful and full of tradition.
The wedding guests lay out black cloaks on the ground for the newly wed couple to walk upon when they exit the chapel.....The lovely ladies line up on one side of the church entrance. They're anticipating the exit of the bride and groom. On such a scorching summer day, everyone is sweating underneath the hot Iberian sun. The couple seems to be taking their time, so everyone is dripping in perspiration by this point.
Not only flower-girls get to throw petals on the floor. After the ceremony, everyone is waiting to throw these fresh rose petals onto the black cloaks and onto the newly wedded couple.
And the lovely newlyweds finally appear in the church entrance. Everyone's burning under the sun at this point, so they're all excited that the couple has finally exited the church. The crowd cheers in excitement while the the two duck because rice and rose petals are being pelted at their heads.
Now the chanting begins. The cloaks are hoisted up into the air repeatedly, some unfamiliar (to me) songs/chants are sung, and the couple laughs as party goes about doing so. Then the couple is whisked away in their car to their reception...and the story continues on...
The football-stadium in Coimbra, quite close to the University, was really nice! We watched the Euro2004-game between France and Switzerland there, and as all the stadiums we visited during the tournament it was amazing!
From outside it doesn't look so fantastic, but then inside it was a great arena.
Only bad thing was the atletic tracks, which unfortunately made sure that the crowd got really far away from the pitch.
Shame on me, but I'm not sure if Coimbra has a team in the first portugese division. If someone know, please tell me! And if they have a team there, make sure to visit a game with them, since the stadium really is worth seeing.
It's easy to find the way to the stadium, as it was only to follow the signs. Despite that I chose to leave the city center early to make sure we didn't get late.
So instead we ended up being at the stadium four hours before the game started...
And since we were driving back north in the evening we couldn't really have a few beers either.
So in the end we were one of the first spectators inside the stadium. Which I guess is something to be proud of too.
Or not... :)
Left of Santa Cruz church, City Hall has a very controversial history. Formerly installed in a part of Santa Cruz convent, it was not functional, and suffered several transformations, always discussed until the recent version, dating from the 19th century, with a few changes.
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