Visit the University
Favorite thing: Visit the University, drink a coffee in Cartola (it's the cafe at Praca da Republica).
Have a meal somewhere in those little restaurants downtown.
Go to http://18.104.22.168/index_html?lingua=i to find an interative map where you can locate interesting places.
Fondest memory: Listening to Fado de Coimbra (specially on the first night of Queima das Fitas; first thursday of May).
Favorite thing: You can grab a map at the information and check the walks you can do around the village. We weren't very luck with the weather, so we couldn't explore it properly, but if you go during the summer, there's loads to see, and beautifull places by the river where you can have a swim.
The pic is from these waterfalls close by. Really beautifull place.
Favorite thing: 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.
Favorite thing: There are plenty of unique buildings in Coimbra. You'll see some historic buildings such as those at the university as well as some beautiful azulejos, lovely churches and even some modern buildings to add another texture to this interesting town.
"Let's just wing it"
Favorite thing: My buddy Andrew (I call him "Pav") and I had a rental car so who needs reservations? I really enjoyed not having any plans. When we drove into Coimbra (pronounced, "Queembra"), we crossed the Rio Mondego over the Ponte de Santa Clara pictured here and immediately parked in the first spot we saw. There was a turismo right across the street, but it was closed, so we checked out our guidebook, hopped back in the car and found another one that was up by the university. It was a Saturday afternoon and we were hoping that this university town would be lively come nighttime, but to our surprise, there wasn't too much going on. In fact, during our one day in Coimbra, we were surprised at how sleepy the whole place seemed to be.
Fondest memory: Pav and I decided to just go with the flow, so instead of having a wild night out with a bunch of raucous college students, we ended up spending most of our time strolling slowly around the city taking pictures of its semi-lifeless streets.
Favorite thing: We got to Piodão on a very foggy night. The way there (up and down hill) was getting more and more strange... we were already thinking we're lost... again... when we saw some houses all very close toghether in the middle on the mountain, glowing with the yellowish lights.
Fondest memory: We got there really late at night, but when we woke in the morning, although it was cloudy, it seemed like a diferent world. Suddenly we were in a valley, surrounded by mountains of which we couldn't see the top... really beautifull!
Favorite thing: 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.
Near Óbidos, you may see also,...
Favorite thing: Near Óbidos, you may see also, Óbidos Lagoon and Foz do Arelho beach. This is an aerial view of this zone.
If you clik on this photo you will see the details.
See also the travelogues for more pictures.
Coimbra has the oldest...
Favorite thing: Coimbra has the oldest university of Portugal and the whole city offers a lot of sights. Beside the interesting churches and beautiful parks,there is a wonderful breathtaking library in the university on top of the hill. The 50.000 students are the main reason why the life in the city is so relaxed. It offers an open atmosphere, although the student traditions are visible almost everywhere. Especially when you see the students walking around in their 'uniforms'. Even today they wear clothes as they were worn hundreds of years ago and from which you can learn a lot about the person wearing them. Provided you know the secrets behind them. Go there and find it out! Talk to people and enjoy the politeness and kindness of the Portuguese people.
Maps of Coimbra
Favorite thing: Would you like to know where your accommodaion is?, what about that church you can't find? Maybe this link helps you:
The Weather in Coimbra
Favorite thing: You can check the weather before the visit:
The convent of Santa Clara a Velha.
Favorite thing: It was built at the end of the thirteen century.
Could anybody tell me if the works there are over?
Favorite thing: go to one of Coimbra's many squares and sit at a cafe.
you can rub heads with students, intellectuals, tourists.
these cafes are a great place to people watch.
Praca do Comercio
Favorite thing: This is the main square of the city. Old building and traditional store occupy a very pleasant space where the traditional commerce develops. During my stay I attended a antique fair.
Piodão, main square
Favorite thing: the church is around 400 years old. It's very beautifull and it's a really cool image, that fully white church in the middle of those grey houses.
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