You've probably heard of Coimbra because of the University, which is one of the oldest in Europe and has been around since 1290. Indeed the University is the lifeblood of the city, and many things revolve around students dressed in black capes, academic traditions.
But Coimbra, with its narrow and steep medieval streets full of history, is certainly more than just the splendid university buildings and student parties. It was Portugal's medieval capital, the birthplace of many kings and other important people, the site of the melodramatic love story of Pedro and Inês, and a place where to hear great "fado" music. Come for all that, because Coimbra is more than just a stop on the train between Lisbon and Porto.
WILL BE PUBLISHED IN MAY 2017