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Travel Blogs from Coimbra
... adjacent to the university rooms and the great halls. Now the university remains, and some of the palace rooms are kept as a museum. Couldn't believe that the uni students were smoking and stubbing out cigarettes on the magnificent marble floors.
Checked out the Old Cathedral (1184) with its gothic cloisters and the New Cathedral (1640). Didn't find out why a new one was needed but assume it was the internal space and the chance ...
... visit to the wine cellar. We saw the room where Agatha Christie stayed, the phenomenal dining room with beautiful wood paneling and stained glass windows, and shared the abiding sense of the grace of Portuguese royalty of centuries past.
From the Palace Hotel, the resident forester, Nelson, led us on a walk through a good portion of the trails. Along the way, we passed many of the stations of the cross, abandoned since the departure of ...
... adept with American euphemisms and idioms.
Our final stop was Coimbra, a historic town that is home to Portugal's first university, dating from the 13th century. We dropped our car at our hotel, and walked into town, passing, along the way, an even older church that inters the remains of Portugal's first two kings. One of the fascinating things about Portugal to a history lover like me is that it threw off the yoke of the occupying Moors (muslims ...
... all off we visited what's considered to be one of the most beautiful libraries (Joanina Library) in the world. Started in 1717 during the reign of King Joao V. It consists of 3 large salons with beautiful wooden bookshelves. The entryways between the salons are decorated with coats of arms of the faculties. There is a lot of gilt decortion in the library. The main doorway to the library is decorated and has a coat of arms ...
... collection of artifacts restored from excavations in the area.
On our way back from the bus stop to the hostel we detoured along the path beside the river, as Imogen said 'quite nice in terms of Coimbra'. It is a nice city, just not one to spend so long to visit, we were expecting much more after the recommendations we had received.
This evening we relaxed and prepared for each of our trips onwards as tomorrow we would be going our separate ways.
Other places to stay in Coimbra
Av Armando Goncalves 20, Coimbra | 4 star hotelfrom $65
Rue Joao Machado 4, Coimbra | 4 star hotelfrom $66
Quinta da Varzea, Coimbra | 3 star hotelfrom $48
Avenida Fernao Magalhaes 199, Coimbra | 3 star hotelfrom $45
Rua Abel Dias Urbano, 12, Coimbra | 4 star hotelfrom $72
Avenida Emidio Navarro #70, Coimbra | 2 star hotelfrom $44
Largo das Ameias 10, Coimbra | 3 star hotelfrom $48
Rua Antonio Augusto Goncalves , Coimbra | 4 star hotelfrom $106
- Worth a stay
- Famous but....
- An hotel of charme!
Avenida Fernao de Magalhaes 25, Coimbra | 3 star hotelfrom $64
Av Emidio Navarro 21, Coimbra | 3 star hotelfrom $59
Av. Emidio Navarro 4, Coimbra | Hotelfrom $37
Barragem da Aguieira, Coimbra | Hotelfrom $54
Rua Abel Dias Urbano, Coimbra | 4 star hotelfrom $84