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

Solar Antigo Luxury Coimbra
Solar Antigo Luxury Coimbra
3 out of 5
Rua Couraça dos Apóstolos n 15-17, Coimbra, 3000-432
The price is $69 per night from Nov 2 to Nov 3
Stay at this 3-star business-friendly hotel in Coimbra. Enjoy free WiFi, room service, and an airport shuttle. Our guests praise the WiFi and the quiet rooms ...
4.6/5 Exceptional! (198 reviews)
"The hotel has incredible character and is definitley unique. Our original room had a narrow spiral staircase. Having some mobility issues, they had no problem / issues with changing our room to make our stay more comfortable and enjoyable. It's only a few blocks away from the University. The staff ..."

Reviewed on Sep 13, 2022

Hotel Oslo Coimbra
Hotel Oslo Coimbra
3 out of 5
Av. Fernão de Magalhães, 25, Coimbra, 3000-175
The price is $77 per night from Nov 2 to Nov 3
Stay at this 3-star business-friendly hotel in Coimbra. Enjoy free breakfast, free WiFi, and free parking. Our guests praise the breakfast and the helpful staff ...
4.3/5 Excellent! (1,001 reviews)
"Great location, nice room and panoramic rooftop deck. The breakfast is fantastic."

Reviewed on Sep 26, 2022

Hotel Mondego
Hotel Mondego
4 out of 5
Largo das Ameias, n3-5, Coimbra, COIMBRA, 3000-024
The price is $75 per night from Nov 2 to Nov 3
Stay at this 4-star hotel in Coimbra. Enjoy free WiFi, breakfast, and a 24-hour front desk. Popular attractions Santa Cruz Church and Old Cathedral of Coimbra ...
4.8/5 Exceptional! (71 reviews)
"Location is great, terrace on the top floor with awesome views"

Reviewed on Sep 29, 2022

Lowest nightly price found within the past 24 hours based on a 1 night stay for 2 adults. Prices and availability subject to change. Additional terms may apply.
Coimbra Camping & Bungalows
Coimbra Camping & Bungalows
2 out of 5
Rua da Escola, Alto do Areeiro, Coimbra, 3030-011
Stay at this campground in Coimbra. Enjoy free WiFi, free parking, and an outdoor pool. Popular attractions Estadio Cidade de Coimbra and Seminário Maior de ...
4.1/5 Very Good! (7 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

SOPHIA STUDIOS
SOPHIA STUDIOS
4 out of 5
R. Sofia 37, Coimbra, Coimbra, 3000-153
Stay at this 4-star aparthotel in Coimbra. Enjoy free WiFi, daily housekeeping, and a flat-screen TV. Popular attractions Santa Cruz Church and Jardim da Manga ...
4.8/5 Exceptional! (16 reviews)
"Property new, clean, super comfortable, fantastic location. Old town just a short walk away. Ricardo just wonderful, friendly, funny, and carried our luggage up and down the stairs."

Reviewed on Sep 16, 2022

Coimbra Vintage Lofts
Coimbra Vintage Lofts
3 out of 5
Rua Simão de Évora, 11, Coimbra, 3000-386
Stay at this 3-star business-friendly aparthotel in Coimbra. Enjoy free WiFi, a rooftop terrace, and onsite parking. Our guests praise the bar and the helpful ...
4.2/5 Excellent! (87 reviews)
Home away from home!
"Great stay in Coimbra while walking the Camino de Santiago. Staff were very helpful and offered lots of suggestions for things to do and see while in Coimbra. Apartment was a very nicely decorated suite with a cool vibe. Kitchen was well equipped and made it easy to enjoy a home cooked meal after ..."

Reviewed on Sep 12, 2022

Lowest nightly price found within the past 24 hours based on a 1 night stay for 2 adults. Prices and availability subject to change. Additional terms may apply.

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