What to see in Coimbra and Miranda do Corvo during TWC
First, a brief history of Portugal
Over the centuries, Portugal was occupied by the Romans, Phoenicians, Visigoths and Moors.
Portugal lived a relatively peaceful century until the XI century. The Moors were expelled by King Fernando I of Leon and Castile, Portugal was declared as an independent nation in 1143 and, in 1255, Lisbon became the nation’s capital.
During the XIV and XV centuries, Portugal developed as one of the most powerful nations in the world, with colonies in Brazil, Malacca, Goa and Macau.
In 1755, a devastating earthquake originated a tsunami that completely destroyed Lisbon and thousands of people. The British helped to remain as Napoleon’s forces removed during this period, while the Portuguese rebuilt a city. The last monarch reigned from Portugal, King Manuel II, was exiled in 1910 and was replaced by a democratic Republican government.
The dictator Antonio de Oliveira Salazar came to power and remained until 1968, when he was succeeded by Marcello Caetano. Caetano’s government was later overthrown in the state of attack in 1974, known as a Carnation Revolution. Democracy was restored in Portugal and is a modern and free war ever since.
Currently, Portugal is only your end, wines, sun and beaches.
What you can not miss in Coimbra
- Biblioteca Joanina – considered one of the most beautiful places in Coimbra
- Fado ao Centro – if you want to listen to the music that represents Portugal, do not forget to know the house Fado to the Center
- Mosteiro de Santa Clara-a-Velha – established in 1283
- Mosteiro de Santa Clara-a-Nova – erected in 1649 in substitution of the medieval monastery of Santa Clara-a-Velha that was partially destroyed due to the floods of the river Mondego
- Museu Nacional de Machado de Castro
- Universidade de Coimbra Alta & Sofia – classified as a World Heritage Site by UNESCO, is one of the oldest in Europe; here you can visit the Chapel of S. Jorge, the Medieval and Academic Prison, the Arms Room, the Capelos Room, the Private Exam Room and the University Tower.
- Sé Velha de Coimbra
- Igreja Mosteiro e Café de Santa Cruz – church, as well as the magnificent café located in the old Church of St. John of Santa Cruz, built in 1530, where you can watch a Fado de Coimbra representation.
- Portugal dos Pequeninos – for a program with the little ones, here you can find the biggest monuments of Portugal, typical villages, all on a reduced scale.
- Arco e Torre de Almedina – main gate of the medieval wall.
What you can not miss in Miranda do Corvo
- Alto do Calvário – is occupied by the Sineira Tower, the Christ-King, the Mother Church and the Calvary Chapel, from here you have a superb view over the village of Miranda do Corvo (house, Arts House, Dueça River) and Serra da Lousã.
- Chanfana – is one of the typical dishes of Portuguese cuisine, consisting of goat meat in red wine and other seasonings.
- Casa das Artes – inaugurated on August 23, 2011, brings together a program that contains performances by national and international artists, aimed at enhancing the culture and quality of life of Mirandenses.
- Mosteiro de Semide – founded in 1154, the present building does not resemble the primitive convent, because during almost ten centuries of history, many fires that reaped the architecture of the same.
- Templo Ecuménico Universalista de Miranda do Corvo – inaugurated in 2016, is a temple for the spiritual reflection of people of different religions, open to non-believers, promoting fundamental values of humanity and religions, such as Truth, Goodness and Morality.
- Senhora da Piedade de Tábuas – located at the foot of the Serra da Lousã, dates from the second half of the 16th century
- Aldeia de Xisto do Gondramaz – located in the western slope of the Serra da Lousã, the landscape that surrounds Gondramaz is a work of art of Nature.
- Parque Biológico Serra da Lousã