Coimbra was Portugal’s most important city for over 200 years, and was once the country’s capital. It is also a thriving university city. Roughly 100 miles north of Fatima, this lovely region of Portugal is dotted with steep hills, narrow lanes, lush parks and convents. Santa Cruz church in Coimbra is also the burial place for the first two kings of Portugal.
Among the main Catholic points of interest in Coimbra are:
Traveling to Coimbra:
By air: The nearest airport is in Porto, and is served by many international airlines as well as Portuguese airlines.
By train: Coimbra has excellent train connections (about 1 1/2 hours from Lisbon). Note: Coimbra has two train stations, simple referred to as Coimbra A and Coimbra B. Coimbra B station is on the main Lisbon to Porto train line and is about one mile from the city center. Coimbra A is in the city centre, but not on the main train lines. Get train & bus schedules, fares, buy tickets here.