Coimbra

With the oldest Portuguese University and one of the oldest in Europe, Coimbra has always had a strong connection to culture and knowledge. It is located on a hillside bathed by the Mondego river and many poets, inspired by the romanticism of its location, immortalized the charm and helped make it the city of Arts and Letters.

In the historic heart of the city, well above the Mondego, we find the cathedrals, the University and a beautiful Museum. In the center you can still clearly distinguish the high part of the city, traditionally academic, and the downtown part of the city, mainly commercial. The main industries are textiles, food, leather and ceramics.

Coimbra is the capital of the district that includes the following counties: Arganil, Cantanhede, Coimbra, Condeixa-a-Nova, Figueira da Foz, Góis, Lousã, Mira, Miranda do Corvo, Montemor-o-Velho, Oliveira do Hospital, Pampilhosa da Serra, Penacova, Penela, Soure, Tábua, Vila Nova de Poiares.

 

Crafts

Pottery is one of the most significant forms of craftsmanship in this district. It is well known the Society of Ancient Ceramics of Coimbra. Manual weaving of Almalaguês, focusing on traditional rugs and blankets and bobbin lace are also very highly regarded in this region. Worthy of note are also jewelry, wood miniatures, tin work, rag quilts, work in slate, pottery, baskets and manufacture of toothpicks.

 

To visit

Conímbriga – Condeixa-a-Velha

Shale villages – Serra da Lousã

Praia de Mira

Coimbra

Montemor-o-Velho Castle

 


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