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Coimbra is a city in the municipality of Coimbra in Portugal. Although it has served as the nation's capital during the High Middle Ages, it is better known for its university, the University of Coimbra, which is one of the oldest in Europe and the oldest academic institution in the Portuguese-speaking world. In Coimbra, there are many archaeological structures that date back to the Roman period. Coimbra is a fascinating city, where you can enjoy some of the greatest attractions, dine at the finest restaurants and just enjoy Portuguese life.

Top Attractions Within Coimbra

Portugal dos Pequienitos is a unique place in Coimbra. This themed park consists of diminutive versions of Portguese houses and monuments, and has pavilions dedicated to the former Portuguese colonies. It was founded in 1940, and it is the work of architect Cassiano Branco. It is a great place for children to have a lot of fun.

Fado ao Centro in Coimbra is a Cultural Association, opened from Monday to Sunday. Located in the historical centre of Coimbra, there is a photo exhibition at the entrance and all information is free. Tourists can experience the wonderful world of Fado. Do not hesitate to visit this unique place.

The Botanical Garden of Coimbra is a beautiful place in Coimbra. The Garden was founded in 1772-1774 and it was integrated in the Natural History Museum established by the Marquis of Pombal. There are various parts that make up the gardens: the Order Beds, where plants are taxonomically grouped, the Greenhouses, where there are tropical and subtropical plants, and the arboretum, where there are more than 51 species of Eucalyptus trees.

Coimbra Cathedral is the current bishopric seat in Coimbra. The Cathedral is located near the historical university of Coimbra in the upper part of the town. The Baroque decoration of the upper part of the fa├žade, finished in the beginning of the 18th century, contrasts with the lower part, which follows a rigid Mannerist style. The cathedral is a beautiful architectural jewel of the so-called National Portuguese altarpiece style.