It is around the University that the Botanical Garden, the Sé Nova, from the 16th century, and the famous National Museum of Machado de Castro are located. In the àCapella bar, installed in the Chapel of Nossa Senhora da Vitória, from the 14th century, a renewed fado is heard, but it has not lost its roots.
Descending the long staircase of the Quebra-Costas, we end up in the Baixa of commerce, handicrafts and popular neighborhoods. Here, the streets animated by the black capes, which continue to be seen here and there, are full of typical restaurants and bars, shops of all kinds and many cafes. The Old Cathedral, the City Hall and the very old churches of Santiago and Santa Cruz, are some of the main attractions in this area.
To rest a little and enjoy what you have seen so far, nothing better than going to Parque Verde do Mondego / Dr. Manuel Braga, where from time to time events take place such as the cultural fair, which serves as a showcase for handicrafts, books, plastic and performing arts, with lots of entertainment and shows (cm-coimbra.pt), from May to the beginning of June.
Coimbra is also a city with a unique poetry and sound. Coimbra's fado, or Coimbra's song as it is also known, is his special way of singing, a street song, more lyrical than that of Lisbon. There are many houses to hear this song, such as O Fado ao Centro, located on the famous Rua do Quebra ‑ Costas (find out why it is called), a steep slope that connects the Arco de Almedina, in Baixa, to the upper part of the city, where there are the oldest faculties, and it crosses the square of the imposing Old Cathedral.
Those who visit Coimbra are not indifferent. As fado says, "Coimbra is a lesson in dreams and tradition, the lens is a song, the moon is a college" and "has more charm" at the time of the farewell "because" you learn to say longing ".
Some of the Places you will meet on this tour
Portugal dos Pequeninhos - Living portrait of Portugal and the Portuguese presence in the world, Portugal dos Pequenitos is still today a historical and educational reference for many generations.
Miradouro do vale do inferno - Located by the road, this viewpoint offers a magnificent panoramic view over the city of Coimbra and the river Mondego.
Convento de Santa Clara - Closely linked to the figure of Queen Santa Isabel, the Monastery of Santa Clara a Velha had, since its beginnings, a difficult coexistence with the waters of the Mondego. The deterioration of its habitability conditions due to successive floods led to the construction, on the initiative of D. João IV, of a new monastery nicknamed Santa Clara a Nova.
Mosteiro de Santa Clara-a-Velha - The fascinating ruins of this monastery are one of the first examples of the country's Gothic architecture. This monument also marks the place where Inês de Castro, D. Pedro's eternal and tragic lover, would be murdered for trying to continue her love for the future king of Portugal.
Igreja de Santa Cruz - Once an important place where the intellectual elite of the country met, this former monastery obtained the status of National Pantheon in 2003 and houses the tombs of the first kings of Portugal - D. Afonso Henriques and D. Sancho I.
Universidade de Coimbra - Originally founded in Lisbon in the reign of D. Dinis, this university was transferred to Coimbra in 1537, where it still remains. In addition to the grand architecture of the entire complex.
Sé Velha - It is one of the most important Romanesque buildings in the country.