Coimbra and the Beiras

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  • 1. Castelo de Sortelha

    Castle/Palace

    Above the village of Sortelha are the ruins of a small yet imposing castle. The present configuration dates back mainly to a late-12th-century...Read More

  • 2. Conímbriga

    Ruins

    At Conímbriga's entrance is a portion of the original Roman road that connected Olissipo (as Lisbon was then known) and the northern town of...Read More

  • 3. Convento de Jesus

    Religious Building/Site/Shrine

    In 1472, Princess Joana, daughter of King Afonso V, retired against her father's wishes to the Convento de Jesus—established by papal bull in...Read More

  • 4. Jardim do Paço Episcopal

    Garden

    These 18th-century gardens are planted with rows of hedges cut in all sorts of bizarre shapes and contain an unusual assemblage of sculpture...Read More

  • 5. Mosteiro de Santa Clara-a-Velha

    Religious Building/Site/Shrine

    The evocative ruin of Coimbra's 14th-century monastery has recently undergone extensive restoration to reverse centuries of flood damage. For...Read More

  • 6. Museu Arte Nova

    Museum/Gallery

    While this museum celebrates the city's rich art nouveau heritage, the main event is the actual building, known as Casa Major Pessoa, a wonderfully...Read More

  • 7. Museu Municipal Santos Rocha

    Museum/Gallery

    Nestled beside the city park, this modern museum may look a bit stark outside, but it holds one of the province's most diverse and interesting...Read More

  • 8. Museu Nacional de Machado de Castro

    Museum/Gallery

    One of the city's most illustrious museums, the Museu Nacional de Machado de Castro sits on the site of a vast Roman cryptoporticus (a maze...Read More

  • 9. Parque Natural da Serra da Estrela

    Park (National/State/Provincial)

    Its varied landscape makes the spectacular Parque Natural da Serra da Estrela a favorite in Portugal for outdoor pursuits, including hiking...Read More

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  • 10. Quinta de Cabriz

    Winery/Brewery/Distillery

    Part of the prestigious Dão Sul company, Quinta de Cabriz is among the best-known wineries in the region. Located 39 km (24 miles) south of...Read More

  • 11. Ria de Aveiro

    Body Of Water/Waterfall

    This 45-km (28-mile) delta of the Rio Vouga was formed in 1575, when a violent storm caused shifting sand to block the river's flow into the...Read More

  • 12. Seminário Maior de Coimbra

    Religious Building/Site/Shrine

    Described as the "jewel of the city," this 250-year-old seminary houses one of Portugal's most impressive collections of 18th-century Italian...Read More

  • 13. Universidade de Coimbra

    Educational Institution

    Portugal's oldest university—one of the most august academic institutions in Europe—was founded in Lisbon in 1290. It dominates the city both...Read More

  • 14. Adega Cooperativa de Mangualde

    Winery/Brewery/Distillery

    This cooperative is a great place to sample locally produced wines. Tours and tastings are available free of charge during the week; on weekends...Read More

  • 15. Aliaņca Underground Museum

    Winery/Brewery/Distillery

    This Aladdin's cave of a museum is located in wine cellars that date back some 50 years. Its exhibits—drawn from the private collection of Portuguese...Read More

  • 16. Arco de Almedina

    Notable Building

    On the Baixa district's Rua Ferreira Borges—one of the city's principal shopping streets—the very modest Arco de Almedina opens onto a courtyard...Read More

  • 17. Arouca Geopark

    Park (National/State/Provincial)

    Covering an area of 126 square miles, this UNESCO-recognized park in the north of Portugal is surrounded by the Freita, Montemuro, and Arada...Read More

  • 18. Casa do Paço

    Notable Building

    One of Figueira da Foz's more curious sights is the 18th-century Casa do Paço, the interior of which is decorated with about 7,000 Delft tiles...Read More

  • 19. Castelo de Belmonte

    Castle/Palace

    Of the mighty complex of fortifications and dwellings that once made up the castle, only the tower and battlements remain. As you enter, note...Read More

  • 20. Castelo de Montemor-o-Velho

    Castle/Palace

    On a hill between Coimbra and Figueira da Foz lies the well-kept castle of Montemore-o-Velho. Climb to the top and you'll be rewarded with some...Read More

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