The third-largest urban centre in Portugal (after the much larger cities of Lisbon and Porto), it is the largest city of the district of Coimbra, the Centro region and the Baixo Mondego subregion. About 460,000 people live in the Região de Coimbra, comprising 19 municipalities and extending into an area 4,336 square kilometres (1,674 sq mi). Although it served as the nation’s capital in the High Middle Ages, it is better known for the University of Coimbra, one of the oldest in Europe and the oldest academic institution in the Portuguese-speaking world.
COIMBRA – Practical information
About the Clinic
We are located in Coimbra, next door to one of the best medical schools in Europe. Our clinic is part of a state of the art private hospital, and we are proud to offer a personal service and integrated treatment packages all inclusive of flights, airport transfer, and a range of options to make the most of your stay.
Our clinic specializes in the diagnosis and treatment of infertility, offering all kinds of treatments used in clinical routine, including egg and sperm donation. Fertie’s team, headed by Professor Isabel Torgal, has for many years been fully focused on both studying and delivering services to couples that are trying to conceive. Our clients’ chances are assessed and maximised every step of the way.
A combination of skilled fertility professionals, technical and scientific processes and technology, underpins the delivery of the most advanced treatments:
- IVF (in vitro fertilization)
- ICSI (intracytoplasmic microinjection)
- Frozen ET (frozen embryo transfer)
- IUI (intrauterine insemination)
- Ovarian Stimulation
And we are at the forefront of fertility treatment using donor eggs and sperm.
Ferticentro – Centre for Fertility Studies
Residence: Praceta Prof. Robalo Cordeiro (Idealmed)
External Circular of Coimbra
The most convenient airports for Coimbra are (in order of distance):
All of the trains connecting Porto and Lisbon stop at Coimbra-B; about 1h from Porto and about 1h 45m from Lisbon. Long distance services only serve Coimbra-B station (outside the city center), but all tickets include a 5 min train ride to Coimbra-A “Baixa de Coimbra” (downtown). Fast trains only stop at Coimbra-B station, while Coimbra, or Coimbra-A, is right in the city center. Train times (from any location) can be found on the National Rail – CP
The best way to drive to Coimbra is using the A1 Highway. Take any exit to Coimbra and you will be about 10 min away from the city center.
The bus station is located at Av. Fernão de Magalhães and is easily reached by local bus or on foot (a 10 minute walk from the city center). It has destinations for the whole of Portugal (with changes for some far away destinations), and it’s faster and fares are normally cheaper than the train.
Coimbra is a hard city to drive in as it was built around medieval structures. Also, finding a parking spot can be difficult. The best option for visiting Coimbra is to find a hotel with parking or to park near the city center and then walk around. The main attractions are in the city center and within walking distance of each other. Coimbra Baixa is the lower city (downtown). Alta is the highest part of the city, which is also difficult to drive around.
All to see in Coimbra
- University of Coimbra. On the UNESCO World Heritage List since 2013 – the famous old library shuts at 7PM
- Botanical Garden
- Machado de Castro National Museum
- Old Cathedral(Se Velha) – impressive cathedral
- New Cathedral of Coimbra(Se Nova)
- Igreja de Santa Cruz(church in Baixa)
- Medieval Downtown(Sao Tiago; Sao Bartolomeu)
- Jardim da Sereia- “Mermaid’s Garden” aka Jardim de Santa Cruz
- Penedo da Saudade(a beautiful garden)
- Sister Lucia of Jesus Memorial
- Parque Manuel Bragaand Parque Verde do Mondego – City parks by the Mondego River
- Mondego River
- Portugal dos Pequenitos- “Portugal of the little ones”
- Quinta das Lagrimas and its tragic story of love.
- Clara-a-Velha Convent
- Clara-a-Nova Convent
- Eurostadium Cidade de Coimbra- one of the Euro 2004 stages
- Museum of Science
What to do
Have a walk up to the top of University Hill from the Mondego river (one of the three great rivers of Portugal), a gorgeous view.
There are two kinds of fado in Portugal: Fado from Lisbon and Fado from Coimbra, neither should be missed (fados are nostalgic songs accompanied by Portuguese guitar).
There is always a lot going on in the student community, go and find out what’s up. There are two student festivals held every year:
- Festa das Latas
- Queima das Fitas
Eat in Coimbra
Having a meal is not really a problem in Coimbra, since the city has a lots of restaurants, some featuring regional cuisine, in the old city (Baixa).
Three reasonably big shopping centers serve the standard fast food meals you can find everywhere. They are located in key places in the city, but not necessarily close to the tourist attractions of the city.
- Menu Verde(address=) (inside the Galerias Topázio, Loja 3, go up to the 2nd floor), ☎ 239-840-207. Open Mon-Fri 9AM-5PM. Delicious ovo-lacto vegetarian food. €1.50 for soup and 5.50 a main dish (July 2012).
- Molho de Brocolos, Avenida Sa da Bandeira 33/35(Around to the right and at the back of the 2nd floor of Galerias Avenida). Organic vegan food. Location isn’t great tucked away at the back of the 2nd floor of a slightly run-down shopping centre, but the food and the staff totally make up for it. €5-8 mains.
- Fangas Mercearia Bar, Rua Fernandes Tomas, 45-49, ☎+351 93 409 36 36. Tue – Thu: 12:00-01:00, Fri – Sat: 12:00-02:00. Small but tasty dishes, rich in flavour mainly because they use local products, good vegetarian even vegan choice, nice selection of Portuguese wines, surprising(ly good) desserts.
- Italia, the Italian restaurant in the city park and over the river, very close to the Santa Clara bridge (very popular with tourists). You have a lot of outside tables, if the weather permits, and the food is prepared by Italian cooks. It’s not very expensive either.
- Zé Manel dos OssosBeco do Forno, 12. A unique atmosphere inside the restaurant is responsible for this fame, but the food is good too. The walls of the restaurant are filled with small pieces of paper, with writings from clients. Be aware that it is quite a small space, so there’s a big probability that you won’t find a table. Generous portions and a charcoal grill that makes a big difference compared with the electric ones. Try the bone marrow stew (from which the restaurant takes its name) or the grilled seabass or a great dish of stewed octopus and potatoes.
- Restaurante Vitóriais in the city centre and has traditional dishes suchs as “cozido à portuguesa”, “bacalhau assado na brasa”, “chafana”. Nice and quiet restaurant.
- Salão Brasilin the “baixinha” (downtown) center. A unique room, with huge windows and very spacious, invites for a relaxed meal. The food is great with some unique dishes from around the country – like “Vitela Maronesa” and “Secretos de Porco preto”. Vegetarian meals.
During the weekends there is jazz, folk and fado concerts – most of them for free. It’s great to finish your meal – you have plenty of time, Portuguese are always late – and get a concert right there. Sometimes they get very crowded.
- Taberna. If you want to try ‘chanfana’, one of the most famous dishes of the region, you should definitely go to this restaurant, close to the football stadium. This restaurant is specialized in a limited amount of dishes, but the quality of the food is just amazing. Go there at night, and try the ‘chanfana’, even though you may not have a clue about what this is. This is the place for those who really appreciate good food. Don’t go too late at night, because it can be a little crowded. The restaurant is very good, and it’s located in the most densely populated area of the city.
- Toscanais another very popular Italian restaurant, close to the new bridge. The decoration is great, with a lot of pictures from Florence, Venice, Rome. The quality of the food is quite high. It’s definitely not your standard pizza…
- O Telheiro, Rua do Padrao. On the downside, it is very hard to get a table (but you will get one if you wait) and it is out of the center of Coimbra (approx. 5 mins from Coimbra B train station).
- Wok– oriental cuisine of very good level on the opposite side of the river, between the new (Santa Isabel) and pedestrian (Pedro e Ines) briges.
- Farinha de Milhoin Anca, a beautiful restaurant in a beautiful setting with beautiful traditional Portuguese food. This restaurant is in an old water mill in a small village just 10 minutes drive from Coimbra.
- Rua de Azeiteiras(a street in Baixa) has lots of nice traditional restaurants.
- Joao do Leitoesone of the most typical restaurants of the city. Its main dish is a roasted piglet served whole with potatoes and salad.
- Quinta das Lágrimashotel’s restaurant may be the best restaurant in the city. It’s the most expensive place in the city though… Be sure to wear your best clothes if you go there. It’s a very fancy place.
- Gengibreis modern and elegant restaurant near the Santo Antonio dos Olivais church
Drink in Coimbra
- There is a lot of quality wine production in the regions surrounding Coimbra, try some “Bairrada” wine.
- Don’t miss the “licor beirao”, a national sweet liquor drink born and made in the region.
- Try the different varieties of firewater “Agua-Ardente”. One is made only from grapes while the other is made from mixed fruit. Each have a unique and different after taste.
- Cafe de Santa Cruzis a historical cafe next to the “Igreja de Santa Cruz” (Saint Cross Church).
- The bars in the new City Park are open all day long.
A warning, the students in this town seem to prefer Tuesday or Thursday night to go out. On weekends, this city is sleepy as many students go home to their families.
- a Capelabar, were you can find yourself surrounded by Portuguese guitar tunes and “Fado de Coimbra” get a grip of this so traditional local culture.
- Diligencia Bar– The oldest Fado House in Coimbra. Typical night bar were you’ll find Fado de Coimbra and all kind of Portuguese traditional music.
- Salao Brazil– A restaurant but also a bar, most worthy during weekends, with – mostly – free jazz, folk and fado concerts.
- Bar AAC– Academic Association Bar, entrance sometimes limited to University students.
- The bars in the“Parque Verde do Mondego” are a good place to go for a drink during Spring and Summer.
- The bars around the“Praca da Republica” are full of the spirit of the students of the University, mainly during weekdays in Autumn, Winter and Spring.
- Bar Quebra Costas, R. Quebra Costas 45, 3000 Coimbra, Portugal. Nice location on the stairs leading to Se Velha. Open air concerts.
- NB– Disco near Praca da Republica.
- Theatrix– Disco in Av. Sa da Bandeira.
- Noites Longas– Disco near Praca da Republica, alternative sounding (metal, rock).