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Events, Legends and Stories

As well as the student events, Coimbra has varied festivities and legends linked to its cultural identity that have prevailed throughout history ...

Santos Populares

The Union of Parishes of Coimbra present a varied program of celebrations that will take place in several places between June and July. These festivals count with markets, concerts, marches and fairs.


Medieval Fair

With more than 25 years, the medieval fair recreates the Middle Ages with staff dressed  according with the era, as well as the sale of products of the time. In addition, this initiative counts with medieval suppers, recreating the menu and environment.

Location: Largo da Sé Velha, in June


Procession of Rainha Santa

It occurs every 2 years, taking place this year (2018) in July.  Associated with this event, we can't forget the Monastery of Santa Clara (architecture between the Gothic and the Romantic) and the miracle of the roses! The image of Queen Santa Isabel leaves in procession of  convent of Stª Clara until the Church of Our Lady of Carmo where it stays 3 days, doing the reverse route afterwards.

From: convent of santa clara - Calçada Santa Isabel 67 - 239 441 674;

To: Church of Our Lady of Carmel - R. Sofia 114 - 239 822 938.


Legend of Pedro and Inês

The romance between D. Inês and D. Pedro was an unwanted love for the court and the people. In 1344, king D. Afonso IV (father of D. Pedro) ordered to beheaded Inês for fearing that D. Pedro would give up the kingdom to Castile. It was at Quinta das Lágrimas (where they were several times in secret) that D. Inês was killed.

Legend has it that the drops of blood spilled on the Fountain of Tears are still visible today.

Lat: 40 ° 11 '53.8578 "

Long: -8 ° 26 '0.477 "

On foot: 37min

By car: 4km

Contact: 239 802 380 /


Happy Holidays!

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