Joanina Library, University of Coimbra

Joanina Library, University of Coimbra: Our most recommended tours and activities

Coimbra: University of Coimbra Guided Tour

1. Coimbra: University of Coimbra Guided Tour

Explore the University of Coimbra on a guided walking tour, including visits to the Biblioteca Joanina, São Miguel Chapel, and Royal Palace. Start your tour in Porta Férrea, where you can access the historic sections of the University of Coimbra. Visit the Royal Palace, the Royal Chapel of Saint Michael and the Joanine Library. Next, see how this area has transformed over time with a walk through the Upper Town. Stop near the New Cathedral and learn about the student traditions that take place there. Pass by the "Repúblicas", typical student houses in Coimbra. End our visit in front of the Cathedral of Santa Maria (Old Cathedral), site of the biggest student part in the country: the Queima das Fitas. Learn about the Monumental Serenade and other traditions.

Coimbra: Historic Center Guided Tour

2. Coimbra: Historic Center Guided Tour

Stroll the historic city center of Coimbra with a guide. Learn about the city as you visit its historic university, the Cathedral of Santa Maria, and the Church of Santa Cruz. Meet your guide in front of the Porto Ferrea to start your tour. Begin with a visit to the old University of Coimbra. Visit the historic buildings at the university with your guide. See the Royal Palace, the Royal Chapel of São Miguel, and the Joanina Library. Afterward, visit the Cathedral of Santa Maria, also known as the Old Cathedral. Admire the collection of Romanesque sculptures adorning the building. End our visit to the Church of Santa Cruz. Experience this old monastery where the first two kings of Portugal are buried.

From Porto: Private Transfer to Lisbon with Coimbra & Fatima

3. From Porto: Private Transfer to Lisbon with Coimbra & Fatima

Get more out of your journey from Porto to Lisbon on a private one-way transfer with stops in Fatima and Coimbra. Travel across Portugal, exploring the famous Sanctuary of Our Lady of Fatima and discovering the country's oldest university in Coimbra before arriving in Lisbon. Get picked up from your accommodations in Porto and meet your driver for the day. Start driving through the city streets and head towards Coimbra known as the City of Students. Arrive in Coimbra and admire the University of Coimbra, founded in 1290. Enter the Joanina Library which contains over 300,000 books and incredibly rare manuscripts. Continue exploring the city as you cross over the river to the Santa Clara Convent and relax in a downtown tavern for lunch. After lunch, leave Coimbra behind to travel to Fatima. Discover the Sanctuary of Our Lady of Fatima and the Chapel of Apparitions. Find the holy tree before departing the city to be dropped off at your chosen location in Lisbon.

From Porto: Aveiro and Coimbra Private Tour

4. From Porto: Aveiro and Coimbra Private Tour

Departing from the city of Porto, in a short, comfortable and private trip of 30 minutes, discover the beauty of the city of Aveiro and its famous Ria de Aveiro. Enjoy the peace and tranquility that this place provides. At your own pace and away from the crowds, interact with the community and learn about their stories in a mix between nature and gastronomy, in a unique and unforgettable experience. Have a memorable lunch at a local restaurant and choose the places to enjoy: • discover why it is known as the Venice of Portugal • explore its numerous canals and bridges. • visit the fish market, past Art Nouveau buildings, and colorful moliceiro boats. • Add a cruise on the Ria Aveiro, to further explore the city from the Ria. • discover Costa Nova, where you will have the opportunity to see and photograph the colorful fishermen's houses, typically painted with vertical stripes. The journey continues to the historic city of Coimbra. The city of students and the oldest university in the country, (12th century), and one of the oldest in the world. Take the time to: • visit the Joanina Library with its collection of over 300,000 books and some of the rarest manuscripts in the entire country. • visit the Old Romanesque style Cathedral (Sé Velha). • crossing the river to visit the Santa Clara Convent and the Quinta das Lágrimas (Estate of Tears), where the love between Pedro and Inês blossomed. • having a lunch at one of the taverns downtown, where you can find the most delicious snacks. Return comfortably to your hotel in Porto after a day filled with culture and beauty that will surely stay in your best memories.

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