History, legends and traditions of Coimbra

Duration: 2h and 15min
Languages: English, Spanish, Italian
Quality Verified Registered on June 22, 2019

We are a group of guides who have started working in Coimbra out of passion. Each of us wants to dedicate a part of his time to help improve the tourist offer of a city that has a great charm and that needs to be valued more.

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Tour description

Why is Portugal so decadent?

What do the locals live on?

What influence do students have on the city?

Is the black coat mandatory to use?

If you have asked yourself at least one of these questions during your trip to Portugal then this is the tour for you.

With us you will discover the reality, often kept hidden, of local daily life

The tour includes:

  • Guided tour of the historical part of Coimbra

  • Introduction to the academic life of students

  • Analysis of the social and cultural situation of today's Coimbra


We are interested in accompanying people who want to discover something that a normal tour or Wikipedia does not tell you, that is what it means to live here in Coimbra today!

We do a tourism that we call 2.0, a tourism where the tourist is an active part of the tour. Where you should not only listen passively to the guide who speaks, this type of tourism we think is old.

We want to show an "Alternative Coimbra" and we want to do it our way.

In 2h15 we have a way to know all the main attractions of the city, with stories, legends and well-known characters of the city.

We will visit:

- Largo da Portagem (meeting point)
- Arch of Almedina
- Baixa
- Monastery of S.Cruz
- Municipal market
- Toga (official student store)
- AAC (University Academic Association)
- Praça da República
- Jardim da Sereia
- Botanical Garden and Arcos do Jardim
- University (only outside)
- Old Cathedral (only outside)

*The tour is based on donations only for groups of less than 6 people. If you are a group of more than 6 people, even if you come with different bookings, the payment will be 10 euros for each adult and 5€ for each child. Otherwise the guide has the right to exclude you from the group.

**The tour schedule can be changed according to the availability of the guides and the weather conditions. If the number of participants at the tour start time is less than 5 people, the tour will be cancelled. In this case you have to find an economical solution with the guide to make it happen.

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What will we visit on this tour?

  • Meeting point:
    Largo da Portagem PI 3000337 Coimbra ...
    Largo da Portagem PI 3000337 Coimbra Portugal
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    We are in Largo da Portagem near the only monument in the middle of the square.

  • 1
    Outside visit
    Almedina Arch
  • 2
    Outside visit
    Praça do Comércio
  • 3
    Outside visit
    Monasterio de Santa Cruz
  • 4
    Outside visit
    D. Pedro V Municipal Market
  • 5
    Outside visit
    A Toga - Soon-to-Dress for Students
  • 6
    Outside visit
    Coimbra Academic Association
  • 7
    Outside visit
    Sereia Garden
  • 8
    Outside visit
    Jardim Botânico da Universidade de Coimbra
  • 9
    Outside visit
    Universidade de Coimbra
  • 10
    Outside visit
    Sé Velha - Coimbra

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).

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Alexandra 18 May 2024

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Travelled in group - May 2024
Excellent tour! João was very friendly and did a great job giving an overview of Coimbra. We learned about history, culture, and student life. Coimbra has a lot of hills and stairs but our route was well planned and felt like a breeze. Highly recommend this tour!
Inna 17 May 2024

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Travelled in couple - May 2024
Difficult tour to walk but worth it.
Allison 16 May 2024
New York

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Travelled in couple - May 2024
Really enjoyed the walk. Ended up being a private tour which was great. I liked the attention paid to history and current student life traditions. Since it was mid May- plenty of students running around with their capes! Doing a walking tour on the first day of arrival to a city really makes sense- offers context to where you are and what you’re seeing.. João did a great job!
Bruce 16 May 2024
Praia da Luz

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Travelled in couple - May 2024
Joao was very friendly, informative and fun. We enjoyed our walking tour immensely.
Enzo 16 May 2024

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Travelled in group - May 2024
Carmine è un profondo conoscitore della storia del Portogallo e della città di Coimbra ma anche delle abitudini e degli aspetti sociali ed economici di quel territorio. Il tour è stato interessantissimo e per certi versi fuori dai canoni turistici delle solite informazioni storico artistiche dei monumenti visitati. Ci ha fatto vedere la vera realtà della vita a Coimbra. Tour consigliatissimo
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Who is this tour for?

Non suitable for people with reduced mobility.
Accepts reservations up to 50 people.
Suitable for carrying pets.

What should you know?

Minimum of attendees
A minimum of 5 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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