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Top recommendations from locals

From sightseeing to hidden gems, find out what makes the city unique with the help of the locals who know it best.

Soccer Stadium
“Coimbra has the famous University library and also it's a wonderfull city to enjoy. Good food, wonderfull architecture etc. ”
  • 43 locals recommend
Establishment
“Fica a 15 min a pé da casa Sol Nascente. A não perder a biblioteca Joanina. It is 15 min walk from Sol Nascente house. You can not miss to visit the Joanina Library.”
  • 31 locals recommend
Garden
“A beautiful garden in the centre of Coimbra, with lovely stone staircases and fountains. A wonderfully shady place on a hot day.”
  • 24 locals recommend
Shopping Centre
“Here you can found almost anything you may want. It's also a good place to eat at low prices.”
  • 10 locals recommend
Shopping Centre
“Great shopping, great food, cinema, bowling - the views over Coimbra from the huge food hall on the top floor is awesome. Great for a rainy day or late night shopping trip! ”
  • 14 locals recommend
Park
“The forest was planted to 'suck up' (choupar) flood waters from the River Mondego. It is a beautiful place to stroll in rain or shine, and there is a kiosk from which to buy drinks and snacks. ”
  • 18 locals recommend
Scenic Viewpoint
“Bom para caminhadas, fazer picnics e tem uma vista espectacular sobre o mar e a praia.”
  • 12 locals recommend
Museum
“This great museum is a highlight of central Portugal. Housed in a 12th-century bishop's palace, it stands over the city's ancient Roman forum, remains of which can be seen in the maze of spooky tunnels under the building – the cryptoporticus. Once you emerge from this, you can start on the fascinating art collection, which runs the gamut from Gothic religious sculpture to 16th-century Flemish painting and ornately crafted furniture. Particularly spectacular is the vast recreation of a chapel from the Convento de São Domingos, but highlights abound. These include a section of the delicate cloister of São João de Almedina and some exquisite alabaster pieces from England. Sculptural works trace the development of Portuguese sculpture from the 11th century, showing how the arrival of Renaissance masters from across Europe paved the way for a distinctive Coimbra tradition. You can admire terracotta figures from a 16th-century Last Supper by the mysterious French artist Hodart and some stunning panels by the Flemish painter Quentin Metsys. A collection of gold monstrances, furniture and Moorish-influenced pieces is almost too much by the time you reach it.”
  • 13 locals recommend
Administrative Area Level 2
“library Joanina, castles and cathedrals, students traditions takes place in may: Queima das fitas, traditional celebration of the students, fado of Coimbra...”
  • 16 locals recommend
Scenic Viewpoint
“This rocky promontory with its gardens, owes its name (Rock of Longing) to the tradition that Prince Pedro often went there to weep for the loss of his beloved Inês.”
  • 8 locals recommend
Theme Park
“If you have kids this is a great spot. Old and very very tiny Portuguese houses ( different styles) Kids just love it ”
  • 18 locals recommend
Restaurant
“Traditional portuguese food. Authentically Portuguese food. Specialty bones. ”
  • 14 locals recommend
Establishment
“perfect for families: playground close to downtown, watch the rowboats and kayaks on the river, feed the ducks (maybe not.. oh well.. the kids like that)”
  • 12 locals recommend
Route
  • 2 locals recommend
Music Venue
“O Fado ao Centro - Casa de Fado apresenta todos os dias do ano, sem exceção, um espetáculo de Fado de Coimbra ao vivo às 18h. O jornal Inglês "THE GUARDIAN" distinguiu o Fado ao Centro como um dos 15 locais de VISITA OBRIGATÓRIA em Portugal. Com um rigoroso processo de seleção, no Fado ao Centro atuam apenas os melhores músicos da cidade de Coimbra, sempre estudantes e antigos estudantes. Poderá também visitar a “Oficina de Construção de Instrumentos” do Fado ao Centro, onde trabalha em permanência o conceituado e estudioso Luthier “Eduardo Loio”, e que que lecciona cursos de construção de instrumentos (Guitarra Portuguesa, Viola, Cavaquinho, Bandolim) - www.fadoaocentro.com/pt”
  • 10 locals recommend
Sculpture Garden
“One of the oldest churches in Portugal. Portugal's first king's tomb lies here. Can't help see it as you walk through the main downtown street, Rua Visconde da Luz”
  • 6 locals recommend