is the city with most academic tradition in Portugal and a visit to the
Universidade de Coimbra is a must. Wander through the famous library and
steep in the tradition of the students' black capes, with each tear representing
the amorous conquests. In the upper part of the city, do not forgo a visit
to the Machado de Castro Museum - the largest Roman building in the Iberian
Peninsula - which houses Gothic, Renaissance and Baroque works of arts,
as well as a considerable collection of porcelain.
The town centre has much offer the visitor and the downtown quarter - known
as the Baixa - by the River Mondego, is a warren of fascinating narrow streets,
full of shops, cafés and churches. Quite apart from the vast number
of museums in the city, the Roman ruins of Conímbriga are certainly
noteworthy and can be found close to the town of Condeixa-a-Velha.
For children, the Portugal dos Pequeninos theme park is undoubtedly the
big attraction, where Portugal's key historical and cultural landmarks are
reproduced in miniature constructions, up to 4 metres high.