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How to Reach

By plane

The most convenient airports for Coimbra are (in order of distance)
Francisco Sa Carneiro Airport - Porto
Portela Airport- Lisbon

By train

All of the trains connecting Porto and Lisbon stop at Coimbra- B; about 1h00 from Porto and about 1h 45m from Lisbon. Long distance services only serve Coimbra B station (away from city center) but all tickets include a 5 min train ride to Coimbra A (center of Coimbra)"Baixa de Coimbra". Fast train only stop at Coimbra-B station, while Coimbra, or Coimbra-A is right in the city center. Train times can be found on the National Rail - CP

By car

The best way to drive to Coimbra is using the A1 Highway. Take any exit to Coimbra and you will be about 10 min away from the city center.
About 1 hour from Porto
About 2 hours from Lisbon

By Bus

The bus station is located at Av. Fernão de Magalhaes and is easily reached by local bus or on foot . It has destinations for all of Portugal (with changes for some far away destinations), and it's faster and fares are normally cheaper than the train.

Key places to visit
Monastery of the Holy Cross, New Cathedral of Coimbra, Old Cathedral of Coimbra, Biblioteca Joanina, Botanical Garden of the University of Coimbra


Places to Visit

Monastery of the Holy Cross

The Santa Cruz Monastery, best known as Igreja de Santa Cruz is a National Monument in Coimbra, Portugal. Because the first two kings of Portugal are buried in the church it was granted the status of National Pantheon. Founded in 1131 outside the protecting walls of Coimbra, the Santa Cruz Monastery was the most important monastic house during the early days of the Portuguese monarchy. St. Theotonius founded this community of canons regular and served as their first prior. The monastery and church were erected between 1132 and 1223.

New Cathedral of Coimbra

The New Cathedral of Coimbra is the current bishopric seat of the city of Coimbra, in Portugal. The Cathedral is located near the historical University of Coimbra in the upper part of the town .
The New Cathedral was, originally, the church of the Jesuit College of Coimbra, established in the city in 1541. The chur In 1759, the Jesuit Order was banned from Portugal by the Marquis of Pombal, Prime-Minister of King José I.

Old Cathedral of Coimbra

The Old Cathedral of Coimbra is one of the most important Romanesque Roman Catholic buildings in Portugal. Construction of the Sé Velha began some time after the Battle of Ourique , when Count Afonso Henriques declared himself King of Portugal and chose Coimbra as capital. The first Count of Coimbra, the mozarab Sisnando Davides, is buried in the cathedral.

Biblioteca Joanina

The Joanina Library  is the Baroque library of the University of Coimbra, built in the 18th century during the reign of the Portuguese King João V (and named after him). It is located in upper Coimbra, the university historic centre, near the university tower, and is part of University of Coimbra General Library.

Botanical Garden of the University of Coimbra

The Botanical Garden of the University of Coimbra is a botanical garden in Coimbra, Portugal. It was founded in 1772-1774 and it was integrated in the Natural History Museum established by the Marquis of Pombal. The place for the Hortus Botanicus was chosen by the vice-chancellor of the University of Coimbra and it was part of the farm of S. Bento's College, located at the Ursulinas Valley. Domingos Vandelli was the first supervisor for the orientation of the Garden, being followed in 1791 by Felix Avelar Brotero, professor of Botany and Agriculture. The area of the Garden, which has been enlarged, reaches the 13 hectares it occupies at present. The Botanical Garden of the University of Coimbra, considered one of the most beautiful of Europe, can be divided in two parts.

Right Time to Visit

April - September


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