Coimbra is living proof that a city thousands of years old can feel perpetually young. The large student population give the area a vibrancy and energy all of its own, and you’ll find music and parties to enjoy amongst the stunning architecture. Wander the banks of the Mondego for a river’s eye view of Coimbra by day. Then enjoy fine dining back at your luxury hotel, before heading back out to explore the city’s stylish bars at night.
Well-preserved Roman ruins, world-class architecture and a festive atmosphere all year round.
Things to do
Coimbra is a town with a sparkling spirit and it exudes energy. If you’re here during September, you’ll see the ‘Tin Can Festival’, which welcomes students back for another year. And the huge ‘Burning of the Ribbons’ festival lasts a week long in May.
The Portuguese music known as Fado hails from both Lisbon and Coimbra. Both are subtly different, soo why not get to know the latter version while you’re here? You may even hear strains of a guitar and passionate singing from your boutique hotel.
Coimbra contains a fascinating mixture of buildings from different eras. The aqueduct hails back to Roman times, there are magnificent Renaissance buildings in the University and the cathedral is a superb example of Romanesque architecture. But you’ll find stylish, modern buildings here too.
If you’re looking for some lively nightlife, go out on Tuesdays and Thursdays – popular evenings out for the locals. Weekends tend to be quieter, as many students go home to their families.
Top tip from SLH