Rua de Quebra Costas (Backbreak Street), Coimbra

Rua de Quebra Costas (Backbreak Street), Coimbra

Is it popular for the challenge of a climb? The only thing that is certain is that Breakback Street is indeed one of the most popular streets in Coimbra. It can be found in the historical center of the city. Take the Ferreira Borges Street to the Almedina Arch. Pass through the Arch to Quebra Costas Street.

It is a narrow whitewashed street that winds steeply upward. There are stairs, and more stairs. The street seems to narrow more and more as one ascends. At the top of the hill is the Old Cathedral of Coimbra and the University. Climbing to the top one may develop a thirst. Hooray, there are bars, gift shops and great views.

What goes up must come down. Descending, the wise walker will mind his/her footing. Altogether, the Backbreaker Street is a popular socializing spot for visitors and locals alike. All along the way there are options for coffee, Portuguese egg custard tart and tapas.

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Rua de Quebra Costas (Backbreak Street) on Map

Sight Name: Rua de Quebra Costas (Backbreak Street)
Sight Location: Coimbra, Portugal (See walking tours in Coimbra)
Sight Type: Shopping
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