North of Coimbra Walking Tour, Coimbra (Self Guided)

A walk through the northern part of Coimbra offers diverse attractions such as architectural sights, a unique cafe, art gallery and a great shopping experience. You can see some old, beautiful churches and palaces. This self-guided tour will lead you to the attractions found in the north of Coimbra.
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North of Coimbra Walking Tour Map

Guide Name: North of Coimbra Walking Tour
Guide Location: Portugal » Coimbra (See other walking tours in Coimbra)
Guide Type: Self-guided Walking Tour (Sightseeing)
# of Attractions: 6
Tour Duration: 1 hour(s)
Travel Distance: 2.6 km
Author: vickyc
Jardim da Avenida Sá da Bandeira

1) Jardim da Avenida Sá da Bandeira

Jardim da Avenida Sá da Bandeira is a garden along the avenue Sá da Bandeira. There are tall palm trees and some rare exotic trees, fountains and some monuments; among them is a monument dedicated to the fighters of the Great War that stands in the centre of the garden. The garden is also renowned for its variety of statues.
Torre d'Anto

2) Torre d'Anto

Torre d'Anto is a Medieval tower built in the Medieval defensive wall of Coimbra and is one of the most popular tourist attractions. It remained as a mark of the military past of the old town. In the 19th century the poet Antonio Nobre lived there and the tower bears his name. The tower is square-shaped. You will see the intact stone exterior of the tower, narrow spiral staircase, the arched entrance door and windows of the facades. The Torre de Anto now houses the art gallery. You can see important artifacts and antique pieces which have been collected over the years.
Santa Cruz Café

3) Santa Cruz Café

Santa Cruz Café was opened in 1923 on May 8, as the cafe is built on Square 8 May. It is located in one of the most beautiful churches of Coimbra Santa Cruz, in its auxiliary chapel, that dates back to 1530, and this makes it a unique and must visit cafe in Coimbra. It is also the most famous cafe not only in Coimbra, but in all of northern Portugal. The architecture of the cafe is amazing due to its location. The ceilings are high and there are marble decorations and vaulted stone supporters. It is always crowded there during the day and night.
Center of Visual Arts

4) Center of Visual Arts

Center of Visual Arts (Centro de Artes Visuais) or CAV in abbreviation, is a museum where you can see some of the best contemporary photography and modern video exhibitions. CAV opened rather recently, in 2003. It resides in a historic place. The whitewashed cloister where exhibitions take place served as a prison in the days of the Spanish Inquisition.
Palace of Justice

5) Palace of Justice

Palace of Justice is situated on Sofia street, the most traditional street in the low part of Coimbra, lined with old buildings. Palace of Justice represents classical architecture so common on this street. At one point it was a school, then in the 16th century it was a Noble's residence, and now it is the Palace of Justice since 1924.
The Conchada Cemetery

6) The Conchada Cemetery

The Conchada Cemetery (Cemitério da Conchada) is located in the Conchada Neighborhood of Coimbra that is the new residential area. This cemetery was the 1st municipal cemetery that dates back to 1860. There are graves of important families of Coimbra. You will see many graves that are wonderful works of art. Among the most monumental is the large grave of Counts of Ameal. There are statues made by outstanding local Coimbra artists. There is a beautiful church in the area of the cemetery as well.

Walking Tours in Coimbra, Portugal

Create Your Own Walk in Coimbra

Create Your Own Walk in Coimbra

Creating your own self-guided walk in Coimbra is easy and fun. Choose the city attractions that you want to see and a walk route map will be created just for you. You can even set your hotel as the start point of the walk.
Nightlife Walking Tour in Coimbra

Nightlife Walking Tour in Coimbra

Coimbra is the Portuguese Oxford and its student population guarantees an energetic nightlife. The majority of bars are located around the Old Cathedral. There are always many students and professors drinking and entertaining. In the bars, you will hear late-night fado, a famous Portuguese guitar. This self-guided tour will lead you to the hottest nightspots in Coimbra.

Tour Duration: 1 hour(s)
Travel Distance: 2.5 km
Museums Walking Tour in Coimbra

Museums Walking Tour in Coimbra

Coimbra is a very old city with a rich past and history. The oldest university in Europe was established here and that is why there are several museums in the city that are related to science. The scientific museums are of great importance there and display rare collections. Take this self-guided tour to visit the most popular museums in Coimbra.

Tour Duration: 1 hour(s)
Travel Distance: 1.7 km
City Orientation Walk

City Orientation Walk

The old capital of Portugal, Coimbra is a riverfront city rich in history and architecture. Home to the historic University of Coimbra, many of the local landmarks are in one way or another associated with it. To see these and other prominent sights of Coimbra, follow this orientation walk and enjoy!

Tour Duration: 2 hour(s)
Travel Distance: 2.7 km
Family Entertainment Walking Tour in Coimbra

Family Entertainment Walking Tour in Coimbra

Coimbra has some great and unique attractions for families with kids. The most popular is Portugal dos Pequenitos, which means "Portugal for the little ones." There are beautiful gardens, beaches and museums in Coimbra that are interesting for families. Take this self-guided tour to visit family friendly attractions in Coimbra.

Tour Duration: 1 hour(s)
Travel Distance: 2.8 km
Churches Walking Tour in Coimbra

Churches Walking Tour in Coimbra

There are many magnificent and old churches in Coimbra. The buildings of the cathedrals and churches represent the most splendid architecture of Europe: Baroque, Renaissance, Rococo. The interior of these churches are very richly ornate by the works of art: paintings of the greatest European artists, sculptures and other art. This self-guided tour will lead you to the beautiful churches and...  view more

Tour Duration: 2 hour(s)
Travel Distance: 4.5 km

Tips for Exploring City on Foot at Your Own Pace

Whether you are in Coimbra for a quick stopover or have a few days to see the city in more detail, exploring it on foot, at your own pace, is definitely the way to go. Here are some tips for you to save money, see the best Coimbra has to offer, take good care of your feet while walking, and keep your mobile device – your ultimate "work horse" on this trip - well fed and safe.

Taking Care of Your Feet

To ensure ultimate satisfaction from a day of walking around the city as big as Coimbra, it is imperative to take good care of your feet so as to avoid unpleasant things like blisters, cold or overheated soles, itchy, irritated or otherwise damaged (cracked) skin, etc. Luckily, these days there is no shortage of remedies to address (and, ideally, to prevent) these and other potential problems with feet. Among them: Compression Socks, Rechargeable Battery-Powered Thermo Socks for Cold Weather, Foot Repair Cream, Deodorant Powder, Shoes UV Sterilizer, and many more that you may wish to find a place in your travel kit for.

Travel Gadgets for Your Mobile Device

Your mobile phone or tablet will be your work horse on a self-guided walk. They offer tour map, guide you from one attraction to another, and provide informative background for the sights you wish to visit. Therefore it is absolutely essential to plan against unexpected power outages in the wrong place at the wrong time, much as to ensure the safety of your device.

For these and other contingencies, here's the list of useful appliances: Portable Charger/External Battery Pack, Worldwide Travel Charger Adapter, Power Converter for International Travel Adapter, and Mobile Device Leash.