Main city of the central region, washed by the river Mondego, Coimbra is one of the oldest cities in the country with Roman and Visigoth origins and Muslim influence.
“Aeminium” – the Roman name of Coimbra – illustrates well the topography of the region where the city is located: the “meneiu” at the “top of the hill”.
Former capital of the country, famous for the quantity and beauty of its convents, this riverside town in the center of Portugal full of myths and legends, houses a preserved medieval old town and the historic University of Coimbra.
The University founded by D. Dinis in the 12th century, was definitively installed in the city in 1537 on the site of an old palace, being famous for its baroque library, the Joanine Library and its 18th century bell tower.
At the table, Coimbra stands out definitely in confectionery, a secular tradition that is due in large part to the influence of conventual life and traditions. It is worth to taste the Cavacas from Coimbra, Manjar Branco or “Maminha de Freira”, pasteis de Santa Clara, Lampreia de Ovos, Arrufadas de Coimbra, among many others. Although the city does not have a dish that characterizes it, in the restaurants and taverns you can taste excellent delicacies and typical dishes and snacks, such as the chanfana or the roasted piglet in the style of Bairrada, a border area.
City of students, “narrow streets, courtyards, stairways and medieval arches”, Coimbra is the cradle of the most beloved traditions (such as pottery: art made of clay) where we can traverse the memory of the most beautiful stories of Portugal.