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To the south of the city of Coimbra is the town of Condeixa-a-Nova with its 17th to 19th Century palaces and manor homes. Just south are the Roman ruins of Conimbriga, the largest unearthed archaeological find of its kind in Portugal. The site was in existence in about 2.000BC, but it was in the era of the Emperor Augustus in 25BC that the settlement really flourished. This area has many interesting aspects for visitors including the Grutas da Lapinha.

Map of Coimbra Municipality

The ancient city of Conimbriga is a short drive or bus ride from Coimbra. It's the largest Roman settlement in Portugal and is well worth visiting on any tour of the country's central and northern regions. Like many archaeological sites, Conimbriga was built in layers. Some of the earliest layers date back to the first Iron Age in the 9th Century B.C. The Romans arrived in the 2nd Century A.D., conquering the Celtic inhabitants and establishing a city that grew, flourished, and then fell victim to barbarian invasions until Conimbriga's residents fled to nearby Coimbra in 468.
Museu de Conimbriga
Created in 1962 the Museu de Conimbriga is exclusively dedicated to the archaeological site where it is located. Its collections are diversified and they illustrate the historical evolution of the site, from the end of the second millennium B.C. and the VI century of the Christian era. The objects exposed were found during the excavations that, with great interruptions, took place since 1898 and are distributed by thirty one different themes that illustrate the vitality of this city.

Lying to the west of Coimbra is the fortified town of Montemor-o-Velho.This attractive and historic town rises out of fields of rice and maize, crowned by the crennellated 14th-century castle (previously a Moorish stronghold), one of the largest and finest of Portugal. Nobody has managed to ascertain its age with opinions differing between 4.000 and 2.400 years old and an important stronghold over the Mondego valley.

Beyond this town on the coast is Figueira da Foz a popular holiday resort town with a 16th Century fort. To the northeast is the small charming town of Santa Comba Dão that dates from the 10th Century. It is known more for its birthplace of both Alves Mateus and Oliveira Salazar, the first being a renown preacher and the second the 20th Century ruler of Portugal. The area is mainly residential and contains typical examples of homes through the ages besides a 15th Century church.
Figueira da Foz

It is worth admiring the three shrines which form the Santuário da Nossa Senhora da Piedade (Sanctuary of Our Lady of Piety), near the Castle of Arouce, all surrounded by hills, olive groves and dense vegetation.

To the east of Coimbra are the towns of Lousã and Góis, both of which are worth visiting to see the architectural buildings and feel the serenity that the towns emit, something which is in complete contrast to their turbulent histories that are recorded in the history books.


Lousã is a charming town due to the beauty of the landscape in which the plains join the mountainous ridge, and to its magnificent 18th-century houses (such as the Palácio dos Salazares).

The town of Góis, more than eight centuries old, lies in a narrow and deep valley, between the mountains of Carvalhal and of Rabadão, at about 40 kilometres (25 miles) from Coimbra.
Besides the Renaissance mother church of Santa Maria Maior, it is worth admiring the Manueline Bridge with its three arches, the Castle, and the panels on the ceiling of the Paços do Concelho, representing fantasy and biblical figures; in the environs, various chapels offer dazzling views, such as the chapel of Santo António das Neves, in the middle of the Serra da Lousã and which is still within the county´s limits.

To the north is first the town of Penacova that dates back to about 1105, and then there is the Parque do Buçaco, a monastic centre from the 6th Century. A residential retreat commissioned by Dom Carlos in 1889 it was converted this century into a luxury hotel.

Close by again to the north are the Spa towns of Luso and Curia that both provide hotels and sports activities for their guests.



Hotel Tivoli Coimbra
Situated in the centre of the city of Coimbra, the Tivoli Coimbra was .pened in 1991. It is a welcoming four-star hotel, which offers its guests the comfort and quality so characteristic of Tivoli Hotels.
With 100 rooms, on five floors, including 5 Suites, 28 Double rooms, 65 Twin rooms and 2 Single rooms.

Hotel Tivoli Coimbra

Quinta das Lagrimas
Quinta das Lágrimas has its origins lost in time. It was the scenery for the forbidden love between Prince D. Pedro and D. Inês de Castro. The Palace, now Hotel, has 29 twin rooms 20 double rooms and 5 suites fully equipped, 5 reception rooms with capacity for 20 to 100 people, each one with big open windows overlooking the historic garden or the town and the University.

Quinta das Lágrimas

Pousada Santa Cristina
Santa Cristina Pousada is near the historical university city of Coimbra and only 2 km from Conimbriga, one of the best preserved Roman ruins in Europe. Its interior design, the peacefulness of its surrounding green areas and the palace park nearby, are all excellent reasons to visit this Pousada again and again.

Santa Cristina Pousada
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