Between Porto and Lisbon, the city of Coimbra is a must-stop for those who decide to make a short tour around Portugal or spend their holidays throughout the Portuguese country.
Classified as UNESCO heritage back in 2013, the University of Coimbra is certainly its great tourist attraction. At the top of its hill, it observes majestically the Mondego river course from within its protective walls. But there is life beyond its walls, in fact there is much more. Coimbra is a vibrant city that surprises its own people and the strangers by the competitive environment of its squares and streets, full of students who climb the hill that separates their Fraternities or Sororities from the Johannine library. These “student communities” are a vestige that still lives on in modern Coimbra, a living example of the glory days of the city. Such is the glory, that the first two kings of Portugal were buried here.
But there is even more in old Coimbra, a city that has two cathedrals, countless churches, and overwhelming amount of historical heritage that blends in perfectly with the student atmosphere of its streets.
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