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Coimbra (pronounced Queembra) is located between Lisbon and Porto. Its university is very old but most of its original buildings were destroyed in the major earthquake of 1755. The town is situated on a steep hill, although there is a significant part on the far side of the river Mondego.
If you are staying for any time, the university squares on the hilltop will probably call you more than once. In particular be sure to see:
Also relating to the university at least two museums are well worth a visit:
Other sights are:
Coimbra B has a station on the main line from Lisbon to Porto. From there trains run a sort of shuttle to Coimbra A, which is in the commercial centre of the city. Tickets will be to the B station but the extra hop to A is included in the price.
There is a long lift from just above the market to near the University Science departments. Use of the lift is included in any bus ticket with validity for a set time. There is also a bus from behind Coimbra A station to the University. There is a third station, Coimbra Parque, from where trains run to fairly close places, including Lousa, on the edge of the Serra of the same name and with a pleasant walk to a castle. The bus station is up Av. Fernão de Magalhães.
To walk from anywhere near the station to the summit of the hill where the University Library is situated invlves a large number of steps and steep roads. Howevr the two cathedrals, old and new, provide stopping points for a rest.
|Comfort Inn Almedina||Av. Fernão Magalhães, 199||Hotel||60|
|Grande Hostel de Coimbra||Rua Antero Quental nº196||Hostel||86|
|Guesthouse Casa Pombal||Rua das Flores 18||Guesthouse||91|
|Hotel Astoria Portugal||Av. Emidio Navarro 21||Hotel||-|
|Monte Rio Aguieira Hotel||Aguieira, Almaça - Mortágua||Hotel||-|
|Residencia Aeminium||Av. Fernao de Magalhaes, 17 Coimbra||Guesthouse||-|
|Hotel Turismo de Tabua||R. Prof. Dr. Caeiro da Matta Tábua||Hotel||-|
|Alegre Hotel||R. Emidio Navarro nº 2||Hotel||-|
|Coimbra Youth Hostel||Rua Doutor Henriques Seco, 14||Hostel||83|
|Best Western Hotel D. Luís||Rotunda Da Ponte Santa||Hostel||-|
|Hotel Braganca||Largo das Ameias 10||Hotel||84|
|Sofia Chill House||Rua da Sofia, 56 1st floor||Hostel||-|
|Pensao Flor de Coimbra||Rua do Poco, 5||Guesthouse||-|
|Hotel Avenida Coimbra||Avenida Emidio Navarro, 37||Hotel||79|
|Serenata Hostel Coimbra||Largo da S� Velha 21/23 Coimbra||HOSTEL||86|
|Dream On Coimbra Hostel||Avenida D. Afonso Henriques, nº 31||HOSTEL||84|
|Be Coimbra Hostel||Rua do Corvo, 33||HOSTEL||81|
|Quebra-Luz||Escada do Quebra-Costas, 18, 2nd, Coimbra||GUESTHOUSE||-|
|Hotel Residencial Alentejana||Rua Dr. Henrique Seco n 1 - 3000||HOTEL||-|
|Bette's Retreat||R. Do Sobreirinho N. 76||Guesthouse||-|
|NS Hostel Coimbra||Rua Lourenço Almeida de Azevedo n.s 3 e 4 Coimbra||HOSTEL||-|
|Coimbra Green Hostel||Rua do Alto do Areeiro, s/n (antigo Seminário dos||HOSTEL||-|
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See also: International Telephone Calls
Portugal's international telephone code is 351. The general emergency number is 112.
Each provider offers a variety of prepaid (Pré-Pagos) and contract (pós-pagos) SIM cards, both of which are available to foreigners. It generally means much lower rates for calls and especially internet. Be sure to switch off data roaming if you don't buy a local SIM card, as prices for internet are very high.
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