Essential Free Tour of Coimbra

Duration: 2h and 30min
Languages: Spanish
Guru: Take
Quality Verified Registered on February 19, 2020

Take is a small local company that wants to show its cities to the world. We have a team of talented and passionate guides who want to show you the nooks and crannies, secrets and stories of our unforgettable city. Come and discover Lisbon, Porto, Braga and Guimarães and all the charms and charisma of Portugal. 2018, 2019 & 2020 Certificates of Excellence by TripAdvisor.

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Tour description

Coimbra, former capital of the Kingdom of Portugal, scene of tragic loves and birthplace of one of the oldest universities in Europe.
From ancient legends to tense political confrontations, the Free Tour of Coimbra tells us the story of a city that has become bigger than a country.
Of course, the "Fado de Coimbra" and one of the most tragic love stories in memory, that of Inés de Castro and King Pedro, could never be missing from the Free Tour of Coimbra.
Passion, knowledge and power are intrinsic to the city and our Free Tour of Coimbra will be a time machine that will travel through centuries in the city, from the Romans to the Dictatorship of the New State .
At the Paço das Escolas , Free Tour of Coimbra will also tell you several curiosities about the Bell Tower, the Joanina Library, the Capelos Room and even the Academic Prison, which you can visit on your own after the visit.
In academic festivals and traditions, the Old Cathedral of Coimbra is the symbol of one of the most important moments in the life of any Coimbra student: The Monumental Serenade.
In another of the most popular places in Coimbra, the Jardim da Manga , the Free Tour of Coimbra will talk about the Jewish presence in the city since time immemorial and also about the Court of the Inquisition of Coimbra, one of the cruelest in the country.
Almost at the end of the tour, the Free Tour of Coimbra will pass by the Monastery of Santa Cruz , where we will reveal who the patron saint of the city is and what extraordinary episode took place in this city that is still told from generation to generation.
Free Tour of Coimbra is much more than a traditional guided tour of the city. A journey made of legends and traditions, of political games and forbidden loves, it is a journey through the history of Portugal and its first capital.

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What will we visit on this tour?

  • Meeting point:
    Alameda Dr. Júlio Henriques 121, 3000...
    Alameda Dr. Júlio Henriques 121, 3000-393 Coimbra, Portugal
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    We are at the Main Arch of the Aqueduct with our blue umbrella.

  • 1
    Outside visit
    São Sebastião Aqueduto
  • 2
    Outside visit
    Jardim Botânico da Universidade de Coimbra
  • 3
    Outside visit
    Universidade de Coimbra
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    Outside visit
    rail carrier
  • 5
    Outside visit
    Tower of the University of Coimbra
  • 6
    Outside visit
    Be New from Coimbra
  • 7
    Outside visit
    Machado de Castro National Museum
  • 8
    Outside visit
    Sé Velha - Coimbra
  • 9
    Outside visit
    Manga Garden
  • 10
    Outside visit
    Monasterio de Santa Cruz
  • 11
    Outside visit
    Rua Velha
  • 12
    Outside visit
    Largo da Portagem
  • 13
    Outside visit
    Monument to Miguel Torga

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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ISABEL 19 May 2024
Molina de Segura

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Travelled in couple - May 2024
Angélica nos hizo un recorrido de lo más interesante y ameno . Nos dio muchos datos y contó muchas anécdotas divertidas. Además nos proporcionó consejos útiles para seguir visitando la ciudad. El itinerario del recorrido estuvo muy bien planteado, ya que empezamos por la parte más alta y fuimos descendiendo poco a poco.
Monica 15 May 2024
Buenos Aires

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Travelled in group - May 2024
Nos encantó el tour, mucha información e historia. Angélica una excelente guia
Osvaldo joaquin 13 May 2024
Buenos Aires

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Travelled in group - May 2024
Excelente recorrido, y la labor de Angélica es para destacar, pues fue muy didáctica y amena. Haciendo el paseo un placer.
Elaine 13 May 2024

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Travelled in couple - May 2024
Excelente guia Angélica, muy amena, super dinámica, divertida, se las recomiendo 100%.
Miriam 08 May 2024
Puerto Varas

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Travelled in couple - May 2024
Me gustó mucho el tour y la guía, Fernanda. Ella muy entretenida e histriónica, mantiene la atención en todo momento. Aprendí mucho de la historia de Portugal y Coimbra y sobre la universidad.
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Who is this tour for?

Non suitable for people with reduced mobility.
Does not accept large group reservations.
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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