Coimbra tour: downtown, historic center, university and botanic garden

Duration: 2h and 45min
Languages: English, Spanish
Guru: João
Registered on August 30, 2018

Born and raised in the beautiful and historic city of Coimbra. I have a degree in anthropology and a master in management and planning of cultural heritage from the University of Coimbra). I like my city, I like history, I like meeting new people ... I will introduce you to Coimbra with original themed itineraries.

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  • Free booking and cancellation
    Free payment tour, no set price, booking and cancellation are free

Tour description

This is an original tour, we explore the university, historical center, and also maybe (depending on the time/ group) the left bank. It is a visit to the most historical area and one of the newest areas of the city in recent years (but which has its important historical and social charm in the city). Usually, the tourists do not visit the left bank, no tours there, and therefore now there are no amazing places, traditions, and stories (very famous in Portugal). I want to give you a broader and different perspective of the city. We will talk about the history, society, and traditions of Coimbra and Portugal... be ready to walk!

I have a lot of things to tell you about the city/ Portugal. If you don't like history... if you are not ready to walk, think very well... the city has a lot of things/stories (and hills) to discover...


  • Largo da Portagem
  •  Baixa 
  • Historic Center 
  • University 
  • Botanical Garden... 
  • after the garden, we can come back directly to the meeting point. 

 I kindly ask you to be at the right time for the tours to start. If you arrive later, or if you don't make the tour, please let me know whenever you can.

 Any delay means that: we may not have time to visit some historical places in the city (or we have to do it very fast), because betweenOctober/March season, some historical sites close early... or there can sometimes be big events in the city, and starting at the right time of the tour, we manage to avoid large crowds in certain areas of the city. Any delay, can  lead the guide having to be more strict about time management and sometimes having to speak a little faster or speaking less. The city has several hills, which with any unforeseen event makes it even more difficult to carry out any tour in coimbra. The guide has also another things to do, my life it's not only tours!

 Bringing comfortable, lightweight shoes for the tour is a good idea. it is a city with hills, and with some medieval streets.

If you come between May/October, the sun is often strong, it's very hot. A hat, and sunscreen to protect the skin may also be needed.

If for any reason you want to book the tour, or i just have one place, but you are a small group (3/4 people max.) but the booking it's unable, send me a message. I will send a message, i will tell you my availability!

If you have a large group and have problems with the reservation, write me via WhatsApp or private message via Guruwalk (tell me the number of people , language and tour time) !

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  • Meeting point:
    Largo da Portagem 16, 3000-337 Coimbr...
    Largo da Portagem 16, 3000-337 Coimbra, Portugal
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    In front of Agência Banco de Portugal, Largo da Portagem. I have a green shirt and a green bottle

How much does this tour cost?

Free tours do not have a set price, instead, each person gives the guru at the end of the tour the amount that he or she considers appropriate (these usually range from €10 to $50 depending on satisfaction with the tour).

Tour opinions

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RAUL 28 Jan 2023
El Batán

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Travelled in couple - Jan 2023
Joao explicó bastante bien, era ameno y no había problema en que respondiera a cualquier cuestión, la verdad es que nos realizó un enorme recorrido. Pero le falta un toque final que lo hubiese hecho súper perfecto, le falta alguna cosa curiosa que te sorprenda con anécdotas o historias impresionantes, curiosidades históricas. Es verdad que las hubo, pero no en gran medida. He estado con otros que tenían ese toque en particular. Pero aún así una gran explicación y merece la pena hacer el tour con él. Muy simpático y conocedor de la zona
Mariia 27 Jan 2023
Frankfurt an der Oder

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Travelled alone - Jan 2023
Very informative tour
Ileana 26 Jan 2023

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Travelled alone - Jan 2023
Joao is a great guide, knowledgeable and personable. I highly recommend him for a tour of Coimbra. He pointed out little things that made the tour more interesting and provided a very good overview of the city that could lead to further exploration.
Marian 24 Jan 2023

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Travelled alone - Jan 2023
João was a great guide, knowledgeable and with interesting facts. Just be aware of the hills, and be ready for it!
Flor... 19 Jan 2023
Buenos Aires

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Travelled in group - Jan 2023
Excelente guia Joao, muy bueno explicando y respondiendo nuestras preguntas. Super recomendable!!
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Who is this tour for?

Non suitable for people with reduced mobility.
Accepts reservations up to 16 people.
Suitable for carrying pets.

What should you know?

Minimum of attendees
A minimum of 4 people is required for the tour.
Additional costs:
The tour does not require the payment of entrance fees or additional expenses.
Free cancellation
If you will not be able to attend the tour, please cancel your booking, otherwise the guide will be waiting for you.
Payment methods
Only cash payment is accepted.
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