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Coimbra Region, Portugal

Coimbra is one of the major tourist destinations in Portugal.
Coimbra is famous for being the home to one of the world's first universities. It is one of the oldest and third important cities in the country. During the Roman era, Coimbra was considered as a very important Portuguese municipality. From 1139 to 1256, Coimbra was the capital of Portugal.

Location of Coimbra

Coimbra is located in central Portugal between Lisbon and Porto. Lisbon is located 195km south of Coimbra and Porto is located 120km north of Coimbra.

Tourist Attractions in Coimbra

Some of the major tourist attractions are:
  • The university is the major tourist attraction in Coimbra. It is one of the first universities in the whole world. Initially the university was situated in Lisbon and in 1290 was finally shifted to Coimbra and remained there since then.

  • The Church of Sao Tiago is another major tourist attraction in Coimbra. The 12th century church is located in downtown at the Comercio Square.

  • The Comercio Square is the centre of the city. Numerous shops and restaurants are located here.

  • The Santa Cruz Monastery, located near the square is also a popular tourist destination. The monastery was found in 11331. The Manga Gardens is situated behind the church.

  • The two cathedrals known as Old Cathedral and the New Cathedral are other important places visited by tourists.

  • Machado de Castro National Museum is worth visiting. It features the gorgeous palace of the former bishop.
There are several outstanding tourist accommodation options available throughout the city in all the region of Coimbra.

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