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Things to do in Coimbra

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Coimbra
  • Castle built to defend Coimbra from the potential reconquest of the region by the Moors. The existing structure dates back to the mid 12th century

  • Small, simple 11th century castle built to defend against the reconquest of Portugal by the Moors.

  • Exquisitely ornate Baroque library of the University of Coimbra. Around 250 thousand volumes are contained within this priceless icon of Portuguese culture.

  • Founded in 1772 by the Marquis of Pombal, the botanical gardens are located in the heart of Coimbra.

  • Despite its appearance, the Palace do Buçaco is not actually a contemporary of Portugal's other Manueline style masterpieces.