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  • Coimbra: Live Fado Show with Port Wine Tasting

    1. Coimbra: Live Fado Show with Port Wine Tasting

    Casa Fado ao Centro is a cultural project created in Coimbra in 2010. All of the musicians and collaborators are or were university students in Coimbra. Decorated with the belongings of the musicians, the walls are lined with history. The concerts are cultural events. In an intimate setting, you will embark on a journey through the unique sound of Fado de Coimbra, and through the most important moments in the city's history. At the end, enjoy a Port wine tasting with the musicians to interact with them and learn about their craft.

    Highly recommend Faro Centre small quaint the artist draw yiu into to the story telling of the Rick history of Fado you will be surprised as you learn (I won’t spoil it for you) but it’s was a delight. Have fun !

  • Fátima and Coimbra Full-Day Tour from Porto

    2. Fátima and Coimbra Full-Day Tour from Porto

    Discover the religious and learned centers of Portugal on a 10-hour guided tour of Fátima and Coimbra from Porto, and see the nation’s most important pilgrimage destination, and one of the oldest university cities in Europe. Fátima supposedly owes its name to the Moors. But the city is best known for its apparitions of the Virgin Mary to 3 children tending sheep in 1917. Since the miracle was recognized by the Vatican in 1930, 3 different popes have been to Fátima on 5 separate occasions. Visit the stunning Neoclassical Basilica and Sanctuary, and can even attend mass in the Sanctuary if you desire. There will also be some free time for lunch in the bustling city center, full of modern-day pilgrims of retail therapy. Then, continue to Coimbra and discover Portugal’s only university city until the early 20th century. Founded in the 13th century, the hilltop college is one of the oldest...

    The tour was really great! Francisco, our tour guide, was excellent. He made the trip interesting with history and stories about the areas we were visiting and the people. He even chose music that went along perfectly with what he was telling us. As a musician, I noticed and appreciated it very much.

  • Coimbra: Mondego River Kayaking Tour

    3. Coimbra: Mondego River Kayaking Tour

    After meeting your tour guide, you will be provided with the kayaking equipment and some instructions. Then, set off from the Carvoeira dam on a kayaking tour with a total length of 18 km (11 miles).  You'll be kayaking through the natural Mondego river valley, surrounded by extensive forests. As you travel downriver, you will pass by the small villages of Ronqueira, Rebordosa, Louredo, Foz do Caneiro and Casal. This part of the river is full of small beaches where you can stop for a picnic or go to go for a swim. On the river beach of Palheiros, you'll find a small bar where you can buy an ice cream or a cold beer. The river usually has a light current, which makes the kayaking easy and accessible to all ages. Finish in Torres do Mondego, after 3-4 hours of kayaking and breaks along the way.

    Lovely experience, beautiful region and helpful staff/guides. It wasn’t quite as described however- starting at 10:15 despite being told to arrive early for a 9:45 start and running much longer than the details online said. The team were helpful with this but it felt quite disorganised.

  • Coimbra: Exploration Game & Self-Guided Tour

    4. Coimbra: Exploration Game & Self-Guided Tour

    Fall in love with Coimbra with this playful self-guided walk. Learn about the city that served as Portugal’s capital for 100 years with a fun game. All you need is your phone and a web browser to play. Start your quest near the Old Cathedral of Coimbra, one of the finest examples of Romanesque architecture in Portugal. The game’s playful prompts will guide you through ancient Roman ruins. Explore the rich history of the Alta, where the city’s centuries-old university presides majestically over the River Mondego. Take a walk in the lush Botanical Gardens which is adorned with a fountain, terraces, and many exotic trees. Solve location-based riddles to navigate the city and unlock local recommendations. Play the game at your own pace with your group. Soak in breathtaking views and click photos—all while following directions from this game that is designed to help you navigate Coimbra li...

  • From Porto: Fátima and Coimbra Full-Day Private Tour

    5. From Porto: Fátima and Coimbra Full-Day Private Tour

    This trip begins in Porto and then onto Coimbra, the city of students and the oldest university in the country (from the 12th century) and also one of the oldest in the world. Take the time to visit the Joanina Library with its collection of over 300,000 books and some of the rarest manuscripts in the entire country. Visit the old Romanesque style cathedral (Sé Velha). Cross the river to visit the Santa Clara Convent and the Quinta das Lágrimas (Estate of Tears), where the love between Pedro and Inês blossomed. Then have lunch at one of the taverns downtown where you can find the most delicious snacks. Afterwards, head towards Fátima, where Our Lady of Fátima appeared to the three shepherd children in 1917. Here, you will visit the Basilica where Francisco, Jacinta Marto, and Lúcia are buried, the Igreja da Santíssima Trindade (Church of the Holy Trinity), and the largest Catholic sanc...

    We very much enjoyed our tour to Fatima and Coimbra, the tour guide, Eduardo, was knowledgeable in the venues and a lovely person to chat with. He also gave us some locals tips on places to check out in Porto. We loved our stay in Porto but we're also very glad we did this tour with Eduardo!

  • Coimbra Fado Concert

    6. Coimbra Fado Concert

    Coimbra's fado is sung by students or former students of Coimbra. The songs are sung in Portuguese. The explanations will be in Portuguese and / or English. Did you know that Coimbra's fado is only sung by men? Come and discover the solution. The concert lasts between 45 to 50 minutes, at the end of the concert, a glass of port wine will be served. A very popular place, when booking, we guarantee your place for the 6 pm session. People are advised to arrive 15 minutes before the scheduled time, in order to choose the best place.

  • University of Coimbra Walking Tour

    7. University of Coimbra Walking Tour

    Visit one of the oldest universities in the world (and the oldest university in Portugal). Founded originally in 1290, the University of Coimbra has occupied its spot in the city of Coimbra since 1537. Accompany your knowledgeable guide to the Royal Palace, Chapel of St. Michael, Joanina Library, Academic Prison, and other highlights. Go deeper than the average tourist with stops at the university.

  • From Lisbon: Town-Hopping Transfer to Porto

    8. From Lisbon: Town-Hopping Transfer to Porto

    Portugal is a country rich in history and culture, and this is your chance to explore some of the most beautiful and intriguing places to grace its lands. Stop by the medieval village of Obidos for a trip back in time, where you can wander through the narrow streets full of traditional shops and white-painted houses. Discover the Sanctuary of Fatima and take an optional mass at the Chapel of the Apparitions, explore the Basilica of Our Lady of the Rosary built in a Neo Baroque style and see the grand, modern Basilica of Santissima Trindade. Continue on to Coimbra for a visit to the oldest university in Europe. Coimbra´s University is home to the 18th century Joanine library and is one of the most beautiful libraries in the world. Take a stroll to Coimbra´s charming downtown district where countless cafes, pastry shops and restaurants await your discovery. If you feel so inclined, choos...

    We are told that the European's oldest University is so crowd and we have only twenty minutes to look outside. So we change to the other site where we only had seventy minutes to walk and have lunch. The Obido village and Fatima are OK. The guide introduced us in the car and let us visiting by ourselves.

  • From Porto: Coimbra & Buçaco Full-Day Private Tour

    9. From Porto: Coimbra & Buçaco Full-Day Private Tour

    With your hotel as the starting point, your private driver will take you to Palácio do Buçaco. Considered the last legacy of the kings of Portugal, it is a charm of nature located in the Bussaco National Forest surrounded by beautiful gardens with Neo-Manueline features decorated by tile panels, frescoes, and paintings depicting the Age of Discovery. Next, head to Coimbra, the city of students, with the oldest university in the country (12th century), and one of the oldest in the world. Enjoy visiting the Baroque library with a collection of over 300,000 books and some of the rarest manuscripts from all over the country. A downtown tavern will be suggested for lunch where you can find some of the most delicious snacks in the city. In the afternoon, see the Romanesque architecture of the old cathedral. Across the river, visit the Convent of Santa Clara and the Quinta das Lágrimas, a pla...

  • Oporto, Braga, or Guimarães: Coimbra and Aveiro Private Tour

    10. Oporto, Braga, or Guimarães: Coimbra and Aveiro Private Tour

    This full-day premium tour onboard a comfortable minivan is escorted by a certified guide who will personalize your experience to the fullest. You will visit both Coimbra, the city of the students and ancient capital of Portugal, as well as Aveiro, the Venice of Portugal. You will start the day by visiting the oldest Portuguese University, the University of Coimbra. Here you will find the world-renowned Joanina Library and the Royal Palace. During this guided visit your knowledgeable and friendly tour guide will take you back in time to explain the important role of this city and Portuguese Independence. Learn about the history of the university and how students celebrate their 500-year-old traditions. Be enchanted by a Fado performance, played and sung by students Following your time at the university, you will go through the old Moorish town to discover the old cathedral’s facade, th...

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The tour was really great! Francisco, our tour guide, was excellent. He made the trip interesting with history and stories about the areas we were visiting and the people. He even chose music that went along perfectly with what he was telling us. As a musician, I noticed and appreciated it very much.

A moment of pure expression, portraying one of the best symbols and heritage that Coimbra can give to the world. An engaging show, with equal parts fun and emotion, while also giving viewers a small insight to the history of Fado.

Highly recommend Faro Centre small quaint the artist draw yiu into to the story telling of the Rick history of Fado you will be surprised as you learn (I won’t spoil it for you) but it’s was a delight. Have fun !

It was great. Worth every penny we paid for it. The singer and his musicians where top!!

The trip was great and the guide Isabella is awesome !