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World Heritage Sites in Center of Portugal

In the center of Portugal, considered the largest and most diverse touristic region in the country, we have different landscapes (oceans and mountains), cultures (historical villages and cities) and flavors (rich in local products and gastronomic traditions). From its immensity, we highlight in this article four locations:

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The Church of Santiago and the Path of Santiago: the portuguese central way

The Church of Santiago, located in “Praça do Comércio” Square in downtown Coimbra, is one of the largest medieval monuments in the city. The construction of the Church started in the last decades of the 11th century and was sacred in 1206. Over the centuries it has

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The history of Jews in Coimbra

The oldest document attesting to the presence of Jews on Portuguese territory is from Coimbra. This presence, having experienced peaceful times, also lived times of extreme intolerance and persecution. It is in the “Pátio da Inquisição”, in a building with more than 470 years of history, that

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Downtown Coimbra

Hotel Oslo is located in Coimbra and is proud to be part of the historic city center. Around the hotel, in the narrow streets and in the old alleys, on the stairs and in the squares, you will find cafés, pastry shops, shops and restaurants as charming

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Historical Uptown

The ancient “Alta de Coimbra” district is just a few minutes away from Hotel Oslo. After seeing one of the most representative images of the city from your room window, you should still see it, again before leaving for discovery, from our bar or from the hotel

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Onion Fair | Praça do Comércio Coimbra

Onion Fair Coimbra

The already traditional Onion Fair (Feira das Cebolas) animates Coimbra every year for a week in August. The event is held in Praça do Comércio, where the sellers of onions of the city will gather and sell their articles, celebrating while working and calling Conimbricenses (people originaly from

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The Rasganço | end-of-course tradition

Rasganço Coimbra

“Rasganço” is a curious tradition over 700 years old made by the finalist students of the University of Coimbra. It originated in “Farraparia”, which lasted until 1910, and was made at the Faculty of Law after the “Ponto” – announcement of the last day of classes –

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Gil Vicente Academic Theater Coimbra

Gil Vicente Academic Theater Coimbra

Gil Vicente Academic Theater, the only university theater building. The Gil Vicente Academic Theater, located in Praça da República, in the center of Coimbra, and belonging to the University of Coimbra, is one of the city’s landmarks and one of the places where locals and visitors know

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7 Unmissable Traditions of Coimbra

Get to know the most unmissable traditions of Coimbra: 1- University parades Where? Town center  When? Academic weeks in May and October  The traditional academic processions that take place in Coimbra every year are an essential part of the city’s university rituals, a set of customs that

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Conventual Sweets from Coimbra

Many would be the reasons we could introduce you to visit Coimbra. For now we will talk about the local sweets with the certainty there will be more than enough reason to do so. Coimbra’s heritage is rich in conventual sweets. Conventual sweets appeared in the XV

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