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District Guide of Coimbra
Coimbra, the city of fado
In the central part of Portugal is the city of Coimbra, the third largest in the country. It is popular for its hanging houses and its winding streets, where romanticism and nostalgia are some of its main attractions thanks to the fact that, today, the old fado still resounds in each of its corners.
Getting there is very easy thanks to the excellent communications with which it has either its express train, car or coach. Once there, there are several railway stations that facilitate access to the traveler to any of the different neighborhoods of the city, where you can find accommodations of any category, family, business or luxury.
Neighborhoods of Coimbra
Anyone traveling to Coimbra can guess that is in the upper area of the city at the time you walk through narrow streets and steep, which mostly coexist with students and elderly people and in which some of the largest converge monuments of Coimbra. There are many cheap hotels where you can rest.
In the lower part of Coimbra you can enjoy the largest shopping area, where the traveler can buy both clothing and hunting stores as well as groceries. Restaurants and small bars are also very common in this part where the accommodations, cataloged with different stars, allow the traveler to choose where to stay.
Most cheap hotels are located in the Santa Clara neighborhood, an area full of religious monuments, especially convents. In any case, hotels in Coimbra proliferate for each of its streets and all of them have the best facilities, whether the reason for the trip is to do business or spend a few days on vacation.
Places of interest in Coimbra
Raised on the banks of the Mondego River, Coimbra has many places of tourist interest being one of the best known its old University, founded in the year 1290 and that dominates the entire upper town. Distributed around the Patio de las Escolas, which contains different contributions of Baroque style, in its surroundings the traveler will have the opportunity to stay in luxury hotels, family or even cheap hotels for all those traveling with more limited resources.
In the Clock Tower, located just in front of the university, there is an interesting library of Baroque style as well as a viewpoint from where you can contemplate the views of the entire city, including the convent of Santa Clara where the tomb of Queen Santa Isabel, patron of the city and founder of the convent.
Another of the wonders that this city offers is its Botanical Garden, where you can see plants from different parts of the world. At its side you can see ruins of the aqueduct of San Sebastian, built in the sixteenth century.
Hotels of four, three and two stars, even much more affordable hostels in a matter of price, but also equipped with all the comforts, you can find very close to these and many other places of tourist interest of Coimbra.
Curiosities and legends about Coimbra
One of the stories that has marked this country is that of the love between Inés de Castro and the infant Pedro, who despite being married, had meetings with her in the gardens of Quita de las Tears. When he went to live with her, the father of the infant, King Don Alfonso IV, ordered to assassinate her in the year 1355, which caused that his own son, upon rising to the throne in the year 1357, ordered in turn to assassinate the murderers of his beloved tearing out their hearts, something that earned him the nickname "El Cruel".
Later, and under the oath of having married in secret with her, she was recognized as the queen of the country, at which time she was able to order the transfer of her body to the Alcobaca monastery, a place where two sepulchers were built. to be able to rest with his beloved forever.
Coimbra houses the Memorial of Santa Teresa, a space that was created next to Carmelo de la Santa and where the traveler can contemplate objects made and used by the famous visionary protagonist of the "apparitions of Fatima".
And continuing through the religious world, in Coimbra it is possible to approach the life of San Antonio de Padua and admire the curiosities of this saint in the church of San Antonio de los Olivares, a small chapel in which he was ordained as a Franciscan.