Coimbra holiday rentals
Coimbra is a riverfront city in Portugal, and although full of archaic buildings and well preserved medieval artifacts, it also boasts various modern festivals, events and vibrant atmosphere. As Portugal’s largest city and located halfway between Lisbon and Porto, this Portuguese town claims one of the oldest academic institutions in Europe, and visitors here can partake in lively local traditions when renting a holiday home in Coimbra.
Described as the medieval capital of Portugal, and as the site of the country’s greatest university for the past five centuries, Coimbra has a lot for which it is proud. Resting on a hillside on the east bank of the Rio Mondega, Coimbra is like a multicoloured mural of buildings dating back nearly a millennium. Just some of its well preserved architectural structures are its aqueducts (bridges) and cryptoprotocols (archways). Similarly, buildings from the period when Coimbra was the capital of Portugal (from 1131 to 1255) still remain.
Feel like a local when you take part in traditional activities in Coimbra
Coimbra hosts two major festivals during the spring and summer months. In May, the Burning of the Ribbons (Queima das Fitas) lasts for 8 days and is like a big party, or visit in July and see the Festas da Rainha Santa, which highlights live choral street music and festivities such as fireworks.
When visiting the Coimbra centre in the daytime, stop off at one of the vibrant cafés and bars to hear authentic fado music, or take a tour of one of the city’s many ancient cathedrals, no two are alike!
How about travelling down to the centre in the evening and experiencing some authentic Portuguese guitar music provided by the local residents in the summer months. In Coimbra the municipal holiday is celebrated on the 4th of July, which includes a fireworks display following the night-time march of the penitents. Other places in Portugal also host similar festivsls including Azores, Aveiro and Evora.
Experience art and nature in Coimbra
The city also boasts a contemporary riverfront park with terrace bars. If you like to experience the commercial side of your holiday location, there are various vast shopping complexes around the centre. There are many pleasant green spaces such as parks, playgrounds, gardens and forests in Coimbra, so you won’t feel far away from nature when staying in a holiday home or villa here. The most famous park in the city is probably the Botanical Garden of the University of Coimbra.
Plan your visit to Coimbra
The nearest airports are Lisbon and Porto, and then from either a 2-hour journey to Coimbra by car or train (200km).