The century-old city of Coimbra takes us across historical periods as we walk along the old city wall and discover all the sites built during these periods. In the old streets, visitors are amazed by the memories of these unique spaces while they admire the greatness of Roman culture in the cryptoporticos (passageways) of Civitas Aeminium.
The history of Figueira da Foz, located on the coastline, has a very long history, as shown by the fifty or so dinosaur footprints in Cabo Mondego! From the top of the impressive Boa Viagem Mountain, we can see the remarkable geometry of the Mondego Estuary saltpans and how the Buarcos Cove is shaped right to Figueira da Foz.
Towards the hinterlands, discover the Network of the Aldeias do Xisto (shale village) and the historical villages! Take our advice: take your time and enjoy every single moment!
The immense Atlantic Coast and the various rivers and streams bordering this sub-region account for the manyexcellent ocean and river beaches. There is no other place like it for a refreshing swim on hot summer day!
Because the landscape, temperatures, the region’s activities and attractions change along the year and proliferate, there are several tours for visitors to enjoy in this sub-region.

What to visit

Take to the roads in the diversified Centre Region of Portugal and visit this wealthy heritage that not only belongs to us but has also become part of the humanity. The oldest university in Europe was listed as UNESCO World Heritage in 2013. Founded in 1290, the University of Coimbra is a reference in the Portuguese-speaking world, not only because it was the only university until the 20th century, but especially because it was a centre for the production and dissemination of Portuguese language and culture. A living example of integration in the physical territory and influential on a global scale.
The university is housed in a royal palace and in several other university buildings of considerable historical significance, filled with wisdom and knowledge.
An example of this is the breathtaking Baroque Joanina Library (from King John V’s reign) built in 1717. Each building is a repository of stories that make up the grand history of the University of Coimbra – come and discover it for yourself!

The houses, streets and hotel facilities in the villages part of the Network were slowly built or restored over time using shale as their main onstruction
You will certainly feel at home! Because if we want to live well we must know how to preserve what is ours, and protect what we don’t want to see
disappear over time! For these and many other reasons, you should explore this new rural, traditional world that is truly Portuguese in its nature!

The Network of Historical Villages of Portugal consists of 12 villages with a common feature: their cultural authenticity and genuine nature. These
villages are steeped in history! Be adventurous and explore each single village!
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The Castle of Coimbra, which no longer exists, was situated in what today is D. Dinis Square. During the reign of D. Sesnando, in the 11th century, the castle was modest in size and of an irregular plan. It survived until the 18th century, when the works carried out in Pombal’s Astronomy Observatory almost destroyed it completely. The castle was used as a hideaway by D. Teresa in 1116 during the siege forced by Ali Bem Yusuf; its keep was built during the reign of King Afonso Henriques. When the new university campus was built in the 1940s, whatever traces remained of the castle were completely destroyed. The city wall was built in the late Roman period and underwent conservation works during Visigoth, Islamic or Christian times.
It is 1800 meters long, covers an area of about 22 hectares and used to have five doors and a considerable number of towers, in particular the Almedina Tower.

The archaeological site (from the 14th to the 17th centuries) was founded in 1283 by D. Mor Dias. The monastery was rebuilt by Master Domingos Domingues
from 1316 onwards, at the order of Queen Isabel of Aragon, and is in Gothic style. The archaeological works done in 1995 in the half-buried church and its surrounding areas uncovered the cloister and many archaeological treasures, which are showcased in the new interpretation centre.

Baroque building from the 17th and 18th centuries. It features a gilded altarpiece in the chancel with a crystal urn trimmed in silver with the remains of Queen Santa Isabel. Her primitive tomb, in stone, was sculptured by Master Pêro in 1330. Cloister built in 1733 by Carlos Mardel.

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