Why Choose Coimbra for your Cricket Tour?
Well, for a start Coimbra has: Great transport links, a huge choice of accomodation, 100s of cafes and restaurants, great nightlife, history, culture & sightseeing, only 30 minutes from the largest beach in Portugal and above all it's excellent value for money, bottle of Sagres beer is around 1€, you can get a 3 course lunch for 7€ including wine, hostels and chalets from 18€ per night and hotels from 25€ per night. So if you are planning a cricket tour to Portugal there realy is only one obvious choice.
Dont get stuck out in the backwoods on your cricket tour to Portugal!
Choose a lively, vibrant, colourful city,
The medieval capital of Portugal for over a hundred years, and site of the country’s greatest university for the past five centuries, Coimbra wears its weighty importance in Portuguese history with dignity. Its atmospheric, beautiful historic core cascades down a hillside in a lovely setting on the east bank of the Rio Mondeg: it's a multicoloured collage of buildings spanning nearly a millennium.
Visiting Coimbra is like taking a journey through history. This ancient city was at the forefront of the Roman Empire more than 2000 years ago and declared the first capital of the new Kingdom of Portugal in the 12th century. Coimbra is the home to the oldest university in Europe and now a thriving modern city. It is hardly surprising that this city has become such a popular choice for visitors from all over the world. At the city’s highest point, you will find the prestigious University of Coimbra and its majestic 18th Century library, as well as the enchanting Botanic Garden. Also sharing this hilltop location is the 16th Century New Cathedral (Sé Nova) and the popular Machado de Castro art museum.
With its countless steps leading down to the historic centre, the Quebra Costas stairway (literally ‘the backbreaker’) has become a landmark in its own right. Here, you will find dynamic streets filled with typical restaurants and bars, shops of all sorts and many cafés. The Old Cathedral (Sé Velha), the City Hall and the Santa Cruz Church are some of the main attractions in the area.
Nightlife in Coimbra is lively and varied, with club and bar owners kept on their toes by a demanding student population. Many of the city’s popular nightspots are focused on the youngsters who are here studying at the University of Coimbra. However, in a city with an emergent commercial centre and a large year-round tourist population, there is plenty to suit every taste. Cosy restaurants; intellectuals’ cafés; lively cocktail bars; gastro breweries; jazz and Fado venues; classical music recitals; stage performances; and cinema screenings — whatever you are looking for from nightlife in Coimbra, it is unlikely you will be disappointed