University of Coimbra Culture & history

Our most recommended University of Coimbra Culture & history

From Lisbon: Day Trip to Porto, Nazaré, and Coimbra

1. From Lisbon: Day Trip to Porto, Nazaré, and Coimbra

Explore three Portuguese cities in a single day on this guided tour from Lisbon. Learn more about the culture and history of Porto, Nazaré, and Coimbra. Discover some of their key locations and points of interest such as Porto's Dom Luis Bridge and the University of Coimbra. Depart early and head to Nazaré. Start with a guided tour of what is possibly the most famous fishing town in Portugal. Nazaré has a unique historic atmosphere and is a place where traditions continue to thrive. Visit the Forte de Sao Miguel. This site has become famous because of the giant waves that hit the coast every winter and make it a destination for surfers from all over the world. Walk through O Sitio and admire religious buildings that attract pilgrims from around the globe. Hike toward the summit and check out the medieval fortifications, 17th-century churches, and modern shrines. Wander through the courtyards and plazas surrounded by ornate structures, basilicas, and statues. Continue to Porto and explore its UNESCO Heritage-listed old town on the picturesque Douro River. Walk through Igreja do Carmen, Estação São Bento, Igreja São Francisco, and Ponte Don Luis on a guided tour. Next, have free time to enjoy a typical Portuguese lunch (not included). The third stop is the famous city of Coimbra. Visit one of the oldest universities in the world (and the oldest in Portugal). Founded in 1290, the University of Coimbra is one of the key sites in the city. After the visit to Coimbra, return to the center of Lisbon. Your guide will be able to recommend things to do during the rest of your stay.

Coimbra: University of Coimbra Guided Tour

2. Coimbra: University of Coimbra Guided Tour

Explore the University of Coimbra on a guided walking tour, including visits to the Biblioteca Joanina, São Miguel Chapel, and Royal Palace. Start your tour in Porta Férrea, where you can access the historic sections of the University of Coimbra. Visit the Royal Palace, the Royal Chapel of Saint Michael and the Joanine Library. Next, see how this area has transformed over time with a walk through the Upper Town. Stop near the New Cathedral and learn about the student traditions that take place there. Pass by the "Repúblicas", typical student houses in Coimbra. End our visit in front of the Cathedral of Santa Maria (Old Cathedral), site of the biggest student part in the country: the Queima das Fitas. Learn about the Monumental Serenade and other traditions.

From Lisbon: Óbidos and Coimbra Private Guided Tour

3. From Lisbon: Óbidos and Coimbra Private Guided Tour

Enjoy the convenience of hotel pick up in Lisbon and head to the first stop, the medieval village of Óbidos. A favorite of the Portuguese Queens, this village boasts charming small streets and ancient castle walls and is known as one of the most romantic spots near Lisbon.  Journey 2 hours onward to the city of Coimbra, home to the University of Coimbra, the oldest Portuguese university and one of the oldest in Europe. A UNESCO World Heritage Site since 2013, many come to admire the University's elegant Joanina Library, a Baroque library from the XVII century. Admire the elaborate azulejo wall tiles of São Miguel Chapel and visit the tomb of the first Portuguese King before enjoying free time to explore the city center.  After a day full of touring, return to Lisbon in an air-conditioned car.

Coimbra: Historic Center Guided Tour

4. Coimbra: Historic Center Guided Tour

Stroll the historic city center of Coimbra with a guide. Learn about the city as you visit its historic university, the Cathedral of Santa Maria, and the Church of Santa Cruz. Meet your guide in front of the Porto Ferrea to start your tour. Begin with a visit to the old University of Coimbra. Visit the historic buildings at the university with your guide. See the Royal Palace, the Royal Chapel of São Miguel, and the Joanina Library. Afterward, visit the Cathedral of Santa Maria, also known as the Old Cathedral. Admire the collection of Romanesque sculptures adorning the building. End our visit to the Church of Santa Cruz. Experience this old monastery where the first two kings of Portugal are buried.

From Lisbon: Aveiro, Moliceiro Boat and Coimbra Tour

5. From Lisbon: Aveiro, Moliceiro Boat and Coimbra Tour

First you will visit one of the most beautiful places in Portugal, Aveiro. Discover the city's many canals and bridges as you take a ride on a Moliceiro, a small boat typical of the local area. By taking a trip on a Moliceiro you will be able to enjoy the city's beautiful Art Nouveau buildings and bridges from the water. Next, stroll through Aveiro's historic center on a walking tour. See the Convent of Santa Joana, Aveiro Cathedral, Chapel of St. Gonçalinho, and the Misericordia Church. Try the famous Ovos Moles de Aveiro, a sweet pastry typical of Aveiro. You'll then explore one of the city's must-see attractions, the Costa Nova Beach. Pose for photos in front of the beach's famous striped and colorful houses. Next, continue towards Coimbra, a city full of history and tradition, with the Mondego River passing through it. Visit the narrow and steep streets of the University of Coimbra, the oldest in Portugal. Finally, discover the Sé Velha (Old Cathedral), the riverside area, and of course the Convent of Santa Clara.

  • Private tours
  • Day trips
  • Transfers
  • Water activities
9 activities found
Sort by:

Other Sightseeing Options in University of Coimbra

Want to discover all there is to do in University of Coimbra? Click here for a full list.

What people are saying about University of Coimbra

Overall rating

4.5 / 5

based on 103 reviews

This tour exceeded my expectations. We hit all the sights I wanted to see in a day. I was a bit worried about visit the cities too fast, but the timing was perfect in each place. Flavio, my guide, loved his personality, so funny and he takes care of every detail! Would repeat again!

The tour was the perfect opportunity to get a taste of other cities in Portugal and see what to do on the next visit. It was AMAZING! Really enjoyed the personalized experience and the chance to be with other travelers. Our guide was very informative too.

This trip is an absolutely fantastic way to see a lot of Portugal in an organized and entertaining way. Our guide, Flavio, was charming. We were captivated the whole time by the beauty of this three cities. We really had a wonderful time.

A great way to discover many different parts of Portugal in a single day. If you are interested in history and gastronomy, this is your tour. I felt in love with this country. Many thanks to Flavio, he was so attentive and kind with us.

Great experience! We got to spend 3 hours in Porto and were taken to great scenic and historic spots. A must if you are not staying in Porto.