First walks in Coimbra

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 / portugal

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.

coimbra / portugal

coimbra / portugal

coimbra / portugal

coimbra / portugal

coimbra / portugal

On the second side of the river, up the hill, there is a big shopping mall – Forum Coimbra (see also the last photo).

coimbra / portugal

coimbra / portugal

coimbra / portugal

coimbra / portugal

coimbra / portugal

The most touristic path in Coimbra – Rua Ferreira Borges, with lots of shops and souvenirs.

coimbra / portugal

coimbra / portugal

coimbra / portugal

coimbra / portugal

 

coimbra / portugal