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Coimbra Travel Guide: 305 reviews and 732 photos

One of my most memorable moments in Coimbra was an evening spent sipping on fine wine, sitting on a hill looking down on the beautiful city, while listening to wonderful Fado music. Fado de Coimbra differs from that of the typical Lisboa style because more commonly males sing, and the instrumentalists are often showcased with intricate solos. The songs are less depressing and are of more lighthearted themes such as love, friendship and nostalgia.

I visited Coimbra at quite possibly the most boring time of year. Coimbra is a University town, and I mean that. The town nearly shuts down during school breaks, and the streets are empty. If you're looking for solitude you may enjoy Coimbra in August, but the city lacks all of the charm that the students draw in. Don't be surprised if you're wandering the streets on a Saturday night in August wondering why you haven't encountered any other people.

Weddings ala Portuguese...

I experienced three different weddings while in Coimbra. To read about the most intriguing one, browse through my local customs tips.

Pros and Cons
  • Pros:historical University town
  • Cons:vacant in August
  • Last visit to Coimbra: Aug 2004
  • Intro Updated May 9, 2016
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  • Jun 18, 2007 at 3:15 AM


  • VITORPORTUGAL's Profile Photo
    Mar 4, 2007 at 7:25 PM

    Next time try to learn some portuguese!!! In Portugal people are very kind and allways available to help. Next time try to put some usefull comments... By the way, where are yoou from? Any perfect country?!.......

  • kishore7's Profile Photo
    Nov 24, 2006 at 5:34 PM

    hey sara, my house is just "sempre em frente" from where you are right now.....lol

  • rexvaughan's Profile Photo
    Aug 4, 2006 at 12:51 PM

    Thanks for the wonderful tips and beautiful pics! We are going to Coimbra in September and will be sure to ride an egg boat! LOL

  • Ben-UK's Profile Photo
    Aug 3, 2005 at 11:59 PM

    Spent a few days in Coimbra some years ago -- this brought back memories of all those hilly streets! -- excellent page and photos, thank you.

  • wcph's Profile Photo
    Jul 27, 2005 at 6:23 PM

    Great page and such beautiful photos!

  • Henrik_rrb's Profile Photo
    Mar 29, 2005 at 3:51 PM

    Hm, seems like I've missed a lot of Coimbra during my trip there!? Glad I saw the University-area at least... ;) Very nice page! Friendly, Henrik

  • mizzzthanggg's Profile Photo
    Feb 23, 2005 at 11:19 PM

    isn't it wild?? i like the name you came up with.. lessee.. how abt aowrlkajfhrolzlfhndyiiilhhhh hahahahhhhh ;)))

  • Jan 28, 2005 at 8:23 AM

    GREAT PAGE> I got some of your tips for when I visit Portugal in March....

  • jamiesno's Profile Photo
    Dec 19, 2004 at 3:59 PM

    River bathing, local wedding and big boys!! Your really made yourself at home in this Portugese town didn't you, LOL!

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