A walk through Coimbra's Cultural Heritage

Starting from Penedo da Saudade Suites & Hostel, many are the historical points of the city to unveil ...

The University

Coimbra is strongly linked to the academic life since the XIII Century, and its University is one of the oldest in Europe and recognised by UNESCO as a universal heritage. It is in this city that the greatest academic festival of the country occurs: Queima das Fitas.

Lat: N 40 ° 12 '28.2846 "On foot: 14min

Long: W -8 ° 25 '30.7554 "

By car: 1km

Contacts: 239 242 744 / reservas@uc.pt

 

Joanina Library

Dating back to the 18th century, you can find this library in the courtyard of the Faculty of Law of the University of Coimbra, in the Palace of the University of Coimbra. It was built by D. João V, adopting the name in honor of his patron. In it are stored a few rare collections representing what was best produced during his time.

Lat: N 40 ° 12 '25.8' 'On foot: 14min

Long: W 8 ° 25 '34.9' 'By car: 1km

Contact: +351 239 242 744 (5) / reservas@uc.pt

 

National Museum of Machado de Castro

This is the most well-known museum in Coimbra. In it you can find a vast collection of paintings, decorative arts and sculptures. It is also possible to visit some multimedia rooms and temporary exhibitions.

Lat: N 40 ° 12 '32223 "

Long: W -8 ° 25 '30.9684 "

By car: 1km

On foot: 16min Contact: 239 853 070 / geral@mnmc.dgpc.pt

 

Memorial of Irmã Lúcia

The Carmel de Santa Teresa created an exhibition space to make known the life of Sister Lucy, as a Carmelite, where you can find some of her objects exposed. Here you can visit the following spaces: Your Carmelite cell, Historical journey of your life, Hand made work by Sr. Lúcia, Photographs of your Carmelite life, Objects used by the Sister, Lucia during the apparitions, Objects offered to the Sister, Lúcia by several Popes and still a Multimedia room.

Av. Dr. Marnoco e Sousa, 54

On foot: 5min

By car: 500m

Contact: 239 781 638 / memorialirmalucia@carmelitas.pt

 

Monastery of Santa Clara

Gothic convent founded by the Queen Santa Isabel in the XIV century that survived to the present day. It was abandoned during the seventeenth century, due to floods caused by the Mondego River. Nowadays the visits include the ruins, the archaeological treasure and exhibition of films.

Lat: 40 ° 12 '10.3356 "Long: -8 ° 25' 59.3364"

On foot: 30 minutes

By car: 2km

Contact: 239 801 160

 

Monastery of the Queen Santa Isabel

One part was occupied by the army and the church can be visited. In this place rests the body, still well conserved of the Queen Santa Isabel, the wife of King D. Dinis.

Lat: + 40 ° 12 '13.6692 "

Long: -08 ° 26 '9.3006' '

On foot: 35min

By car: 3km

Contact: +351 239 441 674

 

Quinta das Lágrimas / Fonte dos Amores

Although it belongs to a hotel, it is open to the public and was the scene of one of the most beautiful love stories in Portugal, between Inês de Castro and Infante D. Pedro.

It is said that next to the Fountain of Tears, Inês was assassinated and that the blood of this one escorted and marked the algae, still presently red.

Lat: 40 ° 11 '53.8578 "Long: -8 ° 26' 0.477"

On foot: 37min

By car: 4km

Contact: 239 802 380 / geral@quintadaslagrimas.pt

 

Ruins of Conimbriga

Populated since prehistoric times, it was occupied by Roman troops in 139 BC.  You can also visit the museum where you will find a vast collection of objects that invoke the life of the ancient Roman city.

Lat: 40 ° 05'55.45''N

Long: 8 ° 29'24.72''W

By car: 17km

Contacts: + 351 239 941 177 / infogeral@conimbriga.pt

 

Castle of Montemor-o-Velho

Considered the main fortress of the Mondego region in medieval times, it was successively occupied by Romans and Arabs who settled in the VIII Century. It was also the scene of several disputes between Muslims and Christians.

Lat: N 40 ° 10 '30.00 "

Long: W 008 41 '3.00 "

By car: 30km

Contacts: 239 680 380

 

Quebra Costas

In this steep climb you can find some handicraft shops, as well a jazz festival at the end of the summer where the concerts are free. This is an emblematic site with its own acoustics.

Lat: 40 ° 12 '31.8168 "Long: -8 ° 25' 41.4294"

On foot: 20min

By car: 2km

 

Arch of Almedina

Once the main entrance of the city, it marks the division between the uptown and downtown areas of the city. The name is due to the towers of the same name behind the arc and was once known as a Barbican Gate, served to strengthen the road in the fence in the sec. XI.

Lat: 40 ° 12 '32.0106 "Long: -8 ° 25' 44.1516"

On foot: 20min

By car: 2km

 

Sé Velha 

The construction of the old Cathedral began in the XII century, on the middle of a hillside. Its of Romanesque style and was built with yellow limestone.

It is also in this place that the students serenade takes place, which marks the beginning of the Queima das Fitas the celebration.

Lat: 40 ° 12 '31.6548 "Long: -8 ° 25' 37.815"

Contacts: 239 825 273

On foot: 15min

By car: 1,5km

 

Good discoveries!