FODOR'S GO LIST 2015
The top 25 places we think should be on every traveler's radar this year.More
Coimbra is a fascinating city that combines a tangible sense of history with all of the vibrancy and street life we typically associate with a university town. The former is evident in the picturesque medieval quarters, where winding cobblestone streets are flanked by bars, boutiques, and eateries. As for the latter, students are easy to spot as they are traditionally garbed in black capes
and carry briefcases adorned with colored ribbons denoting the faculty they attend. After final exams in May, they burn their ribbons with great exuberance in a ceremony called Queima das Fitas.
The city also has a more cosmopolitan, contemporary side. The new riverfront Parque Dr. Manuel Braga is lined with lively clubs and restaurants, while slick new shopping malls contrast with idiosyncratic family-owned shops. Providing the sound track for it all is Coimbra’s lyrical brand of fado, which you can hear at traditional celebrations, dedicated fado houses, and other venues city-wide.
Enclosed within a star-shape perimeter of massive stone walls, moats, and earthen bulwarks lies the quiet little town of Almeida. Less than...
Aveiro's traditions are closely tied to the sea and to the Ria de Aveiro, the vast, shallow lagoon that fans out to the north and west of town...