Coimbra, one of Europe’s most ancient university cities, has plenty to offer: century-old University of Coimbra, Joanine Library, the magnificent Botanical Garden, Santa Cruz Monastery and on the other bank of Mondego river Santa-Clara-a-Velha Monastery and the breathtaking Garden of Quinta das Lágrimas. If you’re travelling with your family, you must enter the fascinating world of Portugal dos Pequenitos (theme park for kids). But Coimbra isn’t only about tradition. It is a modern city with exciting icons such as Mondego Green Park, Pedro & Inês pedestrian bridge and several cool shops! In Coimbra you will find a wide range of high quality hotels. In the surroundings of Coimbra, you must see Conímbriga Roman ruins, the beaches of Figueira da Foz, Casino Figueira and the imposing Montemor-o-Velho castle.
There are several ways to discover Aveiro: on board of a typical “moliceiro” boat along the Ria waters, by BUGA (Aveiro free bikes) or simply on foot through the paths of Art Nouveau or of Contemporary Architecture – Aveiro University. Delight yourself with the famous sweet eggs, do alternative shopping at the Mercado Negro and end the day at the square Praça do Peixe, where you will find several restaurants and bars.
In Aveiro there are plenty high quality hotels, ideally located. In the surrounding area of Aveiro, let yourself go in the Nature Reserve Dunas de S. Jacinto, in the Barra and Costa Nova beaches with its enchanting striped colourful houses and visit award-winning Ílhavo Maritime Museum.
Serra da Estrela
Serra da Estrela is Portugal’s highest peak, 1993 m high. Here you will find country’s only skiing and snowboarding station, Vodafone skiing station. In Serra da Estrela you have a multiplicity of landscapes, such as Serra da Estrela Nature Park and the glacial valleys of Zêzere, Loriga and Unhais da Serra. You can’t miss the Brea Museum in Seia or Belmonte Jewish Museum, two of Portugal’s most visited museums.
Your visit starts at Rossio square and from there follow the historical streets leading to the magnificent Cathedral square that embraces Misericórdia Church and must-see Grão Vasco Museum! The visit continues to Cava do Viriato, the greatest Lusitanian hero of all times. Viseu is a region of Dão wine and a rich gastronomy steadily dominated by the creativity of a new generation of chefs.