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Coimbra

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Coimbra showing a bridge, night scenes and a city

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.

Where to stay in Coimbra

Hotel Oslo Coimbra
Hotel Oslo Coimbra
3 out of 5
Av. Fernão de Magalhães, 25, Coimbra
The price is $96 per night from Aug 4 to Aug 4
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! (985 reviews)
"Nice hotel conveniently located in the city center. Staff in very nice and helpful and the room was clean and spacious. There is a bar open until late and a rooftop terrace with a stunning view on the historic center. Highly recommended!"

Reviewed on Jul 11, 2021

Hotel Oslo Coimbra
Sapientia Boutique Hotel
Sapientia Boutique Hotel
4 out of 5
Largo Augusto Hilário n9, Coimbra
The price is $166 per night from Aug 19 to Aug 19
Located in Coimbra City Centre, this hotel is within a 5-minute walk of Biblioteca Joanina and Coimbra University. Portugal dos Pequenitos is 0.7 mi (1.2 km) ...
4.7/5Exceptional! (272 reviews)
"Very nice and clean boutique hotel. Excellent location and helpful, and friendly staff. Thank you!!!"

Reviewed on Jul 8, 2021

Sapientia Boutique Hotel
Quinta Das Lagrimas
Quinta Das Lagrimas
5 out of 5
Rua Antonio Augusto Goncalves, Beira Litoral, Coimbra
The price is $186 per night from Aug 8 to Aug 8
This family-friendly Coimbra hotel is located in the historical district, within 1 mi (2 km) of Mosteiro de Santa Clara-a-Velha, Portugal dos Pequenitos, and ...
4.4/5Wonderful! (589 reviews)
"Excellent service!!! A big thank you to all the staff. I felt so welcome. For travellers, my advice is choose the right type of room. If you want to have the historical feel, stay at the main building. Spa room is normal room with a balcony and very nice garden and pool view."

Reviewed on Jun 10, 2021

Quinta Das Lagrimas
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TRYP Coimbra Hotel
TRYP Coimbra Hotel
4 out of 5
Av. Alameda Armando Gonsalves 20, Coimbra, Coimbra
The price is $71 per night from Aug 3 to Aug 3
Located in the heart of Coimbra, this aparthotel is within 1 mi (2 km) of Praca da Republica and Coimbra University. Portugal dos Pequenitos is 1.8 mi (2.9 km) ...
4.1/5Very Good! (222 reviews)
"Front desk Ladies were all very helpful and Professional"

Reviewed on Feb 13, 2020

TRYP Coimbra Hotel
Sophia Residences
Sophia Residences
3 out of 5
Rua da Sofia 23, Coimbra
The price is $77 per night from Aug 26 to Aug 26
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 Jan 6, 2021

Sophia Residences
Coimbra Camping & Bungalows
Coimbra Camping & Bungalows
2 out of 5
Rua da Escola, Alto do Areeiro, Coimbra
The price is $84 per night from Aug 6 to Aug 6
Situated in Coimbra, this campground is within 3 mi (5 km) of Estadio Cidade de Coimbra, Coimbra University, and Portugal dos Pequenitos. Seminário Maior de ...
4.2/5Very Good! (6 reviews)
"An interesting one night stay experience. Gym is extra, breakfast is extra, no air conditioning. Of course you can open windows and the air is circulating. But there was no mentioning of the absence of AC in the listing. Wouldn’t stay again, not because I didn’t like the service or anything else, ..."

Reviewed on Jul 11, 2019

Coimbra Camping & Bungalows
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