Things to see and do in Coimbra, Portugal
When I think of Coimbra, all I think of is steps…. We called them the steps of health. Particularly in the old town, where all the sightseeings are you’ll encounter many many steps. The City’s in Portugal generally speaking are all very hilly and have a lot of steps, but this city takes the cake.
We decided to go to Coimbra, since its mid way to Lisbon. Friends we’ve met suggested we go there because there is a very old university. Some said it was the oldest university in Europe while others said its the second oldest after another one in Italy… I honestly don’t know which is correct, but it is beautiful. The library at the university is very impressive. That’s something I’d recommend going to. If you have time you can also visit the Botanic garden, if you can find it. We were trying to go to it, got a map and even asked along the way. We followed streets signs, but we could not find it for the life of it. At some point we gave up… we gave up because we couldn’t possibly walk up and down any more steps.
We stayed at a very nice hostel, called Serenata. The location was beautiful, and close to everything. However, if you’re not a party person, I’d recommend staying somewhere more secluded, because the students love to party every night all night long until the early hours of the morning. Maybe it was the timing, where school just had started, but we stayed in Coimbra during the week but it felt like a weekend throughout our stay.
Wine and Dine
Right by the river there are a lot of restaurants, where you can enjoy all types of cuisines, from portuguese to pizza… walk around and check out the prices first before you dine as they may vary.
There is a very famous restaurant near by the main street in a small alleyway. We waited in line for almost two hours because it is a very small restaurant that only has a few tables but i was so worth it. Visit Ze Manel dos Ossos for some delicious traditional Portuguese food with unique specialties for a very reasonable price.