If you're travelling with children near or in Coimbra you must visit this "monument" to the dictatorship's propaganda: Portugal (and colonies) in a small scale, showing all the differences in popular architecture and miniatures of our best monuments.
Kids do appreciate something at their scale, and everybody ends learning something.
Maybe I should post this Tip in the "Out of the beatten path" (and maybe I will).
Piódão is so remote and hard to reach that its visit demands, t least four hours from Coimbra. However, it is so beautiful that, if you have the needed time, a car, and guts to face the narrow winding roads, you should consider the visit.
Piódão is a lost gem, something tight to the past, preserved by and for tourism. A Must see, indeed!
The capital of romance, Coimbra has much to show to the visitors.
The library of the University is something not to be missed, and, if your visit coincides with any student event, then, be prepared... life is a feast!
Standing halfway between Lisbon and Porto, it is common to make Coimbra an overnight stop.
The rural area east of Coimbra is very attractive.
Small villages, sliding down the hills, old traditional houses, and, everywhere, a deep respect for nature. The most famous of this villages is Piodão, but Avô doesn't stay behind
A luxury hotel, a member of the relais & chateaux hotels (www.relaischateaux.com). It has also a...more
Avenida 25 de Abril, 22, Figueira da Foz, Beiras, 3080-086, Portugal
Good for: Families
This was probably one of the nicest hotels we've stayed in during our Portugal trip. It's a...more