Walking tour in the historical centre of Coimbra

Duration: 2h and 45min
Languages: English
Guru: Mário
Quality Verified Registered on July 19, 2023

Hi! I'm Mario! Born and raised in Coimbra, I was always curious about the history of my city, and in what way that history is visible in the present. I also studied Architecture, with a specialisation in Landscape and Archaeology. With the experience and knowledge I have from the city, I think I can provide and interesting and fresh view on Coimbra. Join me on a walk!

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

Tour description

This tour of Coimbra will allow you to explore several places and monuments of the historical centre in a few hours, and is a perfect introduction to the history and traditions of the city.

Coimbra has a long history, from the roman times of Aeminium, Muslim and Medieval periods, Renaissance and the definitive installation of the University, to the student traditions and the scientific importance of the University in the Portuguese-speaking world. Most of this long-gone history is still visible in the stones and alleys of the city, if one knows where to look. I'll be here to explore the city with you.

The proposed tour is a 2h45m walk (3,5km) in and around the historical centre. Covering the most important sites, the walk explores the streets and alleys from downtown next to the river, the medieval city and University at the top of the hill. The tour then also explores the Nature of the city by visiting the beautiful Botanical Garden.
The tour will finish in the starting place. 

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What will we visit on this tour?

  • Meeting point:
    Largo da Portagem PI, 3000-337 Coimbr...
    Largo da Portagem PI, 3000-337 Coimbra, Portugal
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    We can meet in front of the Bank of Portugal 10 minutes before the start of the tour. I will be wearing a black tote bag.

  • 1
    Outside visit
    Largo da Portagem
  • 2
    Outside visit
    São Tiago Church
  • 3
    Outside visit
    Monasterio de Santa Cruz
  • 4
    Outside visit
    Almedina Arch
  • 5
    Outside visit
    Torre de Anto
  • 6
    Outside visit
    Sé Velha - Coimbra
  • 7
    Outside visit
    Machado de Castro National Museum
  • 8
    Outside visit
    New Cathedral - Coimbra
  • 9
    Outside visit
    Universidade de Coimbra
  • 10
    Outside visit
    Largo Dom Dinis
  • 11
    Outside visit
    Jardim Botânico da Universidade de Coimbra
  • 12
    Outside visit
    Parque Verde do Mondego

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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Johannes 18 Feb 2024
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Travelled in group - Feb 2024
A most informative session with Mario - he is knowledgable, has a good sense of humor and ultimately a credit to the city of Coimbra! Thank you Mario!
Eduard 06 Dec 2023

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Travelled alone - Dec 2023
Can confirm the other reviews! Mário is outstanding! He's super knowledgeable, friendly and will answer all of your questions. Also, the tour includes some hidden gems and trivia that unless you are an actual local there would be no way to know. Highly recommend!
Paul 23 Nov 2023

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Travelled in couple - Nov 2023
Mario provided a great tour around Coimbra. He was friendly, knowledgeable and made the time fly by. Highly recommend!
Agostina 22 Nov 2023

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Travelled alone - Nov 2023
Genio, Mário! Un placer compartir este tour, muchas gracias ☺️
Stanislav 15 Nov 2023

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Travelled in couple - Nov 2023
Very informative tour. Mario is a very friendly guide, and he managed to answer all of our questions (and there was really a lot of them😀). It was an excellent way to learn about Coimbra.
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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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