Top attractions nearby Coimbra

Roman ruins © geograph.org.uk

Coimbra is one of the most beautiful cities in Portugal and it has a lot of attractions both for the locals and the foreigners. However, if the time permits you and if you want to discover even more beautiful things in the central zone of Portugal I recommend you to visit the surroundings of Coimbra. Here you will find many interesting activities and sight-seeing. Therefore, let me present you Top attractions nearby Coimbra: 

The Roman ruins of Conimbriga

The ruins of Conimbriga are situated about 16 kilometers away from Coimbra and they represent the largest and the best preserved Roman site from Portugal. The ruins were declared a national monument in 1910, but they were opened for the visitors in 1930. Other than the ruins, in Conimbriga there is a museum, which contains a lot of information about this ancient city and many archaeological discoveries, like statues, tools, coins or relics. Also, near the museum is a restaurant and a gift shop. If you are interested, you may find a lot of new things about Conimbriga’s inhabitants just by seeing the ruins of the houses, the mosaics or the bath. You should not leave Conimbriga without visiting the House of Fountains, dating since the third century. The best way to get here from Coimbra is taking the bus. There are only one or two buses directly to Conimbriga. But if you don’t catch these buses you may take those that go to Condeixa-a-Nova and from here you may walk or take a taxi, as you wish. If you have a car, you’ll arrive very quickly because it is not far and it is not a hidden place, you will easily find it just by using the map. The ruins are closed for the visitors on Monday.  For more information about the open hours or ruins in general you may access www.conimbriga.pt 

The Castle of Montemor-o-Velho

Montemor o Velho © fotopedia.com

The town of Montemor-o-Velho is situated halfway between Coimbra and Figueira da Foz and it was very important in the Middle Ages, because it was a part of the defensive line that protected Coimbra against the Moors. The most important objective in this town is the castle.  On the top of it, because some of the towers can be climbed, you can see a magnificent panoramic view over the Mondego valley.  Another interesting sight-seeing in this location is the16th century church of Santa Maria de Alcacova, built in the Manueline style.

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