Get away to Coimbra! Enjoy the university life, history and monuments.

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.

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Universities, Historical Buildings and Museums

Top hotels in Coimbra

Estimated price for 1 night / 2 adults
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Tivoli Coimbra
4 out of 5
Rua Joao Machado, 4/5, Coimbra
£67
per night
6 Oct-7 Oct
4.1/5Very Good! (430 reviews)

"Helpful staff, valet parking, nice room, Good breakfast. Great location"…"

Reviewed on 20 Sep 2019

Tivoli Coimbra
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Hotel Oslo Coimbra
3 out of 5
Av. Fernão de Magalhães, 25, Coimbra
£79
per night
4 Oct-5 Oct
4.2/5Very Good! (978 reviews)

"Rooftop patio is amazing. Staff friendly and very helpful."…"

Reviewed on 20 Sep 2019

Hotel Oslo Coimbra
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ibis Coimbra
2 out of 5
Avenida Emidio Navarro 70, Edificio Topazio, Coimbra
£42
per night
20 Oct-21 Oct
4.1/5Very Good! (800 reviews)

"location was conveniently 2 blocks from the main plaza from which access to monuments was very easy.. cute hotel"…"

Reviewed on 28 Jul 2019

ibis Coimbra

Popular things to do in Coimbra

Portugal dos Pequenitos
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Portugal dos Pequenitos

4/5 (1 Rating)

Embrace your inquisitive side, as you inspect the various homes, pavilions and monuments of this intriguing and fun miniature village.

Old Cathedral of Coimbra
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Old Cathedral of Coimbra

4.5/5 (7 Ratings)

One of the main attractions of Coimbra’s central historic area, this fascinating preserved cathedral has a fortress design and Arabic touches.

Santa Cruz Church
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Santa Cruz Church

4.5/5 (6 Ratings)

Examine the range of Manueline and Romanesque architecture and inspect the artworks in the final resting place of two kings.

Coimbra University
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Coimbra University

5/5 (9 Ratings)

Enjoy the views from the bell tower and visit the Baroque library in the former prison on the campus of one of Europe’s oldest universities.

Mosteiro de Santa Clara-a-Velha
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Mosteiro de Santa Clara-a-Velha

5/5 (4 Ratings)

Visit the museum for an explanatory film and explore the remaining parts of this nunnery that was often at risk of flooding.

Biblioteca Joanina
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Biblioteca Joanina

5/5 (6 Ratings)

Go on a guided tour of a library containing countless tomes, Baroque architecture and an intriguing history entwined with a prison.

Top activities in Coimbra

Private transfer Oporto/Lisbon and Tour Coimbra and Aveiro
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Private transfer Oporto/Lisbon and Tour Coimbra and Aveiro

£55

There is no better way to travel our beautiful country than a roadtrip. In this one way private car trip from Porto/Lisbon or Lisbon/Porto you will have a guided tour in two beautiful portuguese cities: Aveiro and Coimbra (3 hours total) Enjoy this trip with a professional guide that will introduce you to portuguese culture and history.

Aveiro and Coimbra daytour from Porto
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Aveiro and Coimbra daytour from Porto

£84

Starting at 9am departing from Oporto this 9 hour tour will take you to Aveiro which is considered the portuguese “Venice”, the city of the birds and great salt. Aveiro is also the museum city of Art noveau and has some of the most beautiful buildings of the country.

Fátima & Coimbra
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Fátima & Coimbra

£50

At Go Travel Everywhere, we bet on a quality service, punctual and personalized, in order to guarantee the satisfaction of those who choose us. Our drivers, and guides, are committed professionals, who excel in friendliness and care.

Private Tour to Coimbra (World Heritage City of Students)
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Private Tour to Coimbra (World Heritage City of Students)

£134

Enjoy visits Coimbra, know as the “City of Students” 200 km north of Lisbon and affords a rewarding 10 hours Private Tour experience. Coimbra, is a World Heritage city located in the center of Portugal known by its small and labyrinth streets with old houses and has the oldest university in the country.

Full Day Coimbra and Buçaco or Conímbriga Private Tour
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Full Day Coimbra and Buçaco or Conímbriga Private Tour

£82

This private tour of Coimbra will cover a lot in one day. Departing from Lisbon, you will visit one of the most important cities of Portugal in the Middle Ages, home to one of the oldest Universities in the World and one of the most diverse and beautiful natural parks in our country.

Coimbra – Student City Private Tour
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Coimbra – Student City Private Tour

£152

Enjoy visiting Coimbra, known as the “City of Students” 200 km north of Lisbon and affords a rewarding 10 hours Private Tour experience. Coimbra, is a World Heritage city located in the center of Portugal known by its small and labyrinth streets with old houses and has the oldest university in the country.