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Getting around

In this section, we provide you with recommendations of places to visit during your stay in Coimbra.

The information below has been edited using the information found in official websites of Center of Portugal, University of Coimbra and Visit Portugal.

Coimbra is a charming city located in the central region of Portugal, about halfway between Lisbon and Porto. With a population of around 140,000 people, Coimbra is one of the oldest and most historic cities in the country.

The city is famous for its prestigious University, which was founded in 1290 and is one of the oldest universities in Europe. The university is located on a hill overlooking the city and its magnificent baroque Joanina Library is a must-see attraction for visitors. The University of Coimbra is listed as UNESCO World Heritage site since June 2013.

There is no other Portuguese city like Coimbra in what comes to academic tradition which is present in the students’ everyday life. Queima das Fitas ritual (Burning of the Ribbons) occurs every May, in which newly graduated students celebrate the completion of their course, at a very colourful party. This liveliness is felt throughout the year, however, in the many pubs, restaurants and “Repúblicas” (student residences), examples of community life. The bells which have been regulating academic life since the 16th century still toll in the University Tower, reminding us that this is, above all, a university city.

In Coimbra’s historic center visitors really must see the Monastery of Santa Cruz, the Monastery of Santa Clara-a-Velha, the Sé Velha (Old Cathedral) and the Machado de Castro National Museum.

Beyond the city limits, Coimbra is surrounded by beautiful countryside, including the Bussaco Woods, Luso thermal stations, Penela, Montemor-o-Velho, Schist Villages of Lousã Mountain or Figueira da Foz seaside city.

Overall, Coimbra and its surroundings offer a rich blend of history, culture, and natural beauty, making it a fantastic destination for travelers of all kinds.


23, 24 and 25 January 2024

University of Coimbra, Portugal