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Coimbra Travel Guide, Portugal

Coimbra Travel Guide provides fast facts about the city. It shows what you should expect when you travel to the area. It is actually a combination of the spectacular attractions, educational institutions and business establishments in the place. It is like getting a hint of what the whole city speaks of.

Coimbra Travel Guide – A Glimpse at its History

During the 12th and 13th century, Combria was the capital of Portugal, and it was proven by the presence of the small but extraordinary assembly of Romanesque and Gothic buildings in the city during the First Dynasty. It is one of the municipalities in the country and one of the significant cities next to Lisbon Metropolitan Area and Porto Metropolitan Area. It is important because it is the chief urban centre of the central part of the country.

Valuable archeological relics can be found in the city. Examples are the well-preserved aqueduct, cryptoporticus and other remains from the time the city was the Roman town of Aeminium until the time that it was the capital of Portugal.

Coimbra Travel Guide – The University of Coimbra

During the early Middle-Ages, Coimbra was the political center of the Kingdom of Portugal and during its decline in the later part of the period, the city developed into a major cultural center. The shift from a political center into a major cultural center occurred simultaneously with the establishment of the University of Coimbra in 1290.

The University of Coimbra, which accommodates thousands of international students, is one of the oldest standing Portuguese-speaking university as well as one of the oldest and outstanding universities in Europe. Coimbra became only the permanent home of the ancient academic institution in 1537. The school is one of the attractions in Coimbra because of its monumental structures, libraries as well as its history.

Coimbra Travel Guide – What to See and Enjoy

One can appreciate more about the nature and environment outside the crowded old city. A riverfront near the city is usually visited by those who want to enjoy pleasurable walking. There are also shaded roads where one can have some stroll, and numerous parks and gardens where one can play. The city also offers some daylight activities like mountain tours. Visitors seeking for the significant ruins from the early years can see the sights of the Roman ruins at Conimbriga during the afternoon.

Party people and outgoing teens can involve themselves in the party of the boozy students. This student’s party that is known as Queima das Fitas happens every month of May.

These facts in Coimbra Travel Guide make it one of the most sought after places in Portugal. If you want to spend more time in Europe better gather your copies of Sevilla Travel Guide and Valladolid Travel Guide.

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