Coimbra

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Explore the spectacular medieval buildings on the university campus and visit the intriguing museums of this former capital of Portugal.

Coimbra is a historic city with an impressive university campus and many surviving relics from its Roman occupation. An aqueduct runs through this former capital city of Portugal, whose skyline is adorned with medieval churches, museums and the red-tiled, whitewashed façades of the hilltop residential homes. Chat with residents and guides for a glimpse into the local culture and history.

Tour the charming model village of Portugal dos Pequenitos to see miniature versions of the city’s architectural highlights. Learn about the influence of Portuguese culture across the globe, with exhibits on Brazil and Mozambique, among other former colonial outposts.

For a sense of the Roman history of the city, look around the Museu Nacional Machado de Castro, which is housed in the former Bishop’s Palace. It has a focus on ecclesiastical artifacts and works of art and contains the eerie passageways of the Roman cryptoporticus, a private passageway. Learn about the religious history of the town in the preserved Velha Cathedral, from the Reconquista era forward in time. A little northeast is the impressive New Cathedral of Coimbra.

Among the city highlights is Coimbra University, one of the world’s oldest educational institutes, dating back to the 1200s. Embark on one of the guided tours of the spectacular campus for a comprehensive understanding of its extensive history and marvelous architecture.

Visit the university’s Biblioteca Joanina for its grandiose design and vast collection of tomes. Explore the S. Miguel Chapel and the Royal Palace. Stroll through the colonnade of the Via Latina and gaze up at the impressive University Tower.

Coimbra is a university town with a fascinating past. The city is located in the Centro region, slightly northwest of the center of Portugal. Fly to Francisco Sa Carneiro Airport in Porto and drive south for 80 miles (130 kilometers) to get here in about 80 minutes. Lisbon, with its Portela Airport, is a 2-hour drive south from Coimbra. Rail connections around the country are excellent.

Tivoli Coimbra
Tivoli Coimbra
4 out of 5
Rua Joao Machado, 4/5, Coimbra
The price is €65 per night from 18 Oct to 18 Oct
Located in Coimbra City Centre, this hotel is within a 10-minute walk of Santa Cruz Church and Jardim da Manga. Old Cathedral of Coimbra and Coimbra University ...
4.1/5Very Good! (543 reviews)
"Room was as advertised."

Reviewed on 3 Sep 2021

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Hotel Oslo Coimbra
Hotel Oslo Coimbra
3 out of 5
Av. Fernão de Magalhães, 25, Coimbra
The price is €81 per night from 6 Oct to 6 Oct
Located in Coimbra City Centre, this eco-friendly hotel is within a 10-minute walk of Santa Cruz Church and Coimbra University. Portugal dos Pequenitos is 0.6 ...
4.3/5Excellent! (981 reviews)
"Hotel situated centrally and ideal for exploring historic Coimbra. Lovely roof top bar with views over the city."

Reviewed on 28 Aug 2021

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Sapientia Boutique Hotel
Sapientia Boutique Hotel
4 out of 5
Largo Augusto Hilário n9, Coimbra
The price is €150 per night from 27 Sep to 27 Sep
Located in Coimbra City Centre, this hotel is within a 5-minute walk of Biblioteca Joanina, Coimbra University and Old Cathedral of Coimbra. New Cathedral of ...
4.7/5Exceptional! (275 reviews)
"Centrally located, clean abs beautiful. Great breakfast buffet."

Reviewed on 6 Sep 2021

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Sophia Residences
Sophia Residences
3 out of 5
Rua da Sofia 23, Coimbra
The price is €62 per night from 14 Oct to 14 Oct
Located in Coimbra City Centre, this apartment building is within a 10-minute walk of Santa Cruz Church and Coimbra University. Portugal dos Pequenitos is 0.8 ...
5/5Exceptional! (5 reviews)
"GREAT LOCATION!!! This apartment exceeded our expectations. The pictures do not do it justice. If you want to be central and comfortable, we definitely recommend this gorgeous apartment. The host was very helpful and communicative. The building is clean and follows COVID safety standards."

Reviewed on 6 Jan 2021

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TRYP Coimbra Hotel
TRYP Coimbra Hotel
4 out of 5
Av. Alameda Armando Gonsalves 20, Coimbra, Coimbra
The price is €63 per night from 19 Sep to 19 Sep
Located in the heart of Coimbra, this aparthotel is within 1 mile (2 km) of Praca da Republica, Aqueduct of São Sebastião and Limpeza de Terrenos e Florestas ...
4.1/5Very Good! (224 reviews)
"Front desk Ladies were all very helpful and Professional"

Reviewed on 13 Feb 2020

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Solar Antigo Luxury Spa Coimbra
Solar Antigo Luxury Spa Coimbra
3 out of 5
Rua da Couraça Apóstolos 13, Coimbra
The price is €250 per night from 22 Sep to 22 Sep
Located in Coimbra City Centre, this aparthotel is within a 5-minute walk of Coimbra University, New Cathedral of Coimbra and Old Cathedral of Coimbra. Jardim ...
4.4/5Excellent! (19 reviews)
"Great location and breakfast basket and service but a little cramped due to historic structure. Hot tub, bordello like finishes and furnishings made it tacky."

Reviewed on 30 Sep 2019

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