World Conference on Science and Soccer 2022 (15, 16 & 17 June 2022)

Address: Convento São Francisco
Avenida da Guarda Inglesa, n.º1A
3040-193 Santa Clara, Coimbra, Portugal

Language: English is the official language of the congress.

While in Coimbra there are many places you can visit. This city is known as the city of students because of the University of Coimbra.

The University of Coimbra

One of the world’s oldest Universities, it’s now part of the UNESCO World Heritage Site. In 1290, it was founded in Lisbon and then relocated permanently to Coimbra in 1537.

By the Campus of Polo 1 there are the Cathedrals, Sé Nova and Sé Velha, both remarkable religious buildings.

The Botanical Garden, founded in 1772, covers an area of 13 ha that is full of rare and exotic species of plants, you can enjoy the most beautiful scenery in the bamboo garden or the glass house. 

One way to fully experience Coimbra is to listen the Fado of Coimbra, on Quebra Costas you can visit the Cultural Centre “Fado ao Centro” where you can listen this enchanting type of traditional music.

Jardim da Quinta das Lágrimas

 It was the stage of the greatest love story of Pedro and Inês, a place full of beauty and where the legend lies, it states that from the tears of Inês it appeared a fountain than then was stained forever with her blood when she was forcefully separated from her love. 

At 17Km from Coimbra is the once important centre during the Roman Empire, now is one of the most relevant archaeological places in Portugal. The ruins include the Monographic Museum of Conímbriga, where you can see the archaeological excavation of the Roman Empire Era.

Palace Hotel and Forest of Bussaco, the forest is a protected area for its flora diversity, it was the place of the Battle of Bussaco and now it has the Military Museum. The Palace Hotel is richly decorated in the Portuguese Romanticist Style the Manuelino.

Around Coimbra you can also visit some Castles, like Montemor-o-Velho and wonderful small towns like Penacova and Penela.

When going east of Coimbra, we are surprised with the beautiful rural landscapes, one of these places are the distinctive aldeias de Xisto – the Shale Villages, by the hillside of Lousã we can stroll through the picturesque villages built with Shale. This traditional way of construction creates a unique landscape in a peaceful place surrounded by the hills.

One of these historical villages is Piódão, in Serra do Açor, its mesmerizing slope full of houses of shale it’s the perfect place for a walk and some traditional exceptional food.

There is also the alternative of visiting the beautiful river beaches like Foz d’Égua or the natural falls of Poço da Broca and much more.

To the west, you can enjoy the seaside in Figueira da Foz with 34 km of beach where you can do water sports or just enjoy a day near the sea.

Watch below a little more of what Coimbra and the Center of Portugal can offer to their visitants. More videos and informations at the official website, Turismo Centro de Portugal.