Time goes by fast – it’s been two weeks since my arrival in Coimbra. It was enough to get to know the city a little, find a few good locations, stores and to sightsee a bit. I’m still experiencing troubles with Portuguese language, but I get along pretty well with buying things with little knowledge of it. Google Translate rescued my life in so many situations! Language barrier leads to funny stories, so maybe I should stop learning and leave my language proficiency the way it is? haha ;)
Coimbra is a beautiful, picturesque city by the Mondego river. It’s located about 200 km from Lisbon and 120 from Porto. Inhabited with 140 thousand of people, this historic city is a famous tourist destination. It is also the center of a student life – the University of Coimbra is the oldest university in Portugal (founded in 1290). The city served as the capital until XIII century.
On the second side of the river, up the hill, there is a big shopping mall – Forum Coimbra (see also the last photo).
The most touristic path in Coimbra – Rua Ferreira Borges, with lots of shops and souvenirs.