Coimbra: a city not only for students

The name of Coimbra is always associated with one word: students. It is true that every year it attracts many students, who go to its university , which is the oldest in Portugal and Europe. However, it is a city that is not only for university students. It also has many other attractions that should be known. In fact, Coimbra is a very touristy city ​​with many charms .

Mandatory visits

When visiting Coimbra, there are a number of enclaves not to be missed. And since we are talking about the university , we will continue with it. It was founded in the 13th century and is included in the UNESCO World Heritage list.

Do not forget to go up to its tower in which are the bells with which the rhythm of the classes was indicated. In addition, it is a part of the university from which there are fantastic views of the entire city.

Already in its lower part, the route should take us to the Patio de las Escuelas , the Sala de dos Capelos in which the most important ceremonies take place and the Chapel of San Miguel to observe its baroque organ. Another of its attractions is the Joanina Library with more than 300,000 works on shelves with gilt carving.


Other monuments

The tourist route must continue through other emblematic buildings and monuments of Coimbra such as the Monastery of Santa Clara-a-Velha , or the old cathedral, known as Sé Velha , in which there are stairs where students sing the Fado of Coimbra . An act that coincides with the end of the course.

Nor should you miss the Machado de Castro National Museum to learn about the history of this city, as well as the Choupal gardens and those of Quinta das Lágrimas. They are joined by the Botanical Garden.

Modern Coimbra

Along with history, Coimbra also has other more modern attractions such as the Centro de Portugal Pavilion , which is located in the Parque Verde do Montego; Polo II of the University and the Pedro e Inés pedestrian bridge .