Coimbra, the city of doctors, has a past full of history, intense academic traditions, breathtaking architecture, the religiosity of sweets, Fado and stories of love and longing. Mata do Buçaco, a green jewel in the heart of Portugal, is home to many mysteries and surprises.
The Porta Ferrea, this is where our visit begins. From the center of the courtyard we can see the Old University, the Via Latina, the Tower, the Chapel of S. Miguel and the Biblioteca Joanina. From this same courtyard, we have a fantastic view over the city and the river. After visiting the University, we head to the Aqueduct of S. Sebastião, a crossing point on the way to the Botanical Garden. In this century garden. XVIII we will find a great diversity of plants, as well as magnificent sculptures.
Through narrow alleys, we head to the Sé Velha, it is the only Portuguese cathedral built at the time of the Reconquista whose structure has remained intact until today. After visiting the Cathedral, we will continue our journey towards Praça 8 de Maio, where the magnificent Church and the Santa Cruz Monastery are located. Founded in 1131, this is where the first kings of Portugal rest. Now we travel to the south bank of the Mondego River, there is the Monastery of Santa Clara-a-Velha, built by D. Isabel de Aragão, the Holy Queen.
We left Coimbra behind and we already have “Saudades”.
Arriving at Vila do Luso, we will make a brief stop by the S. João fountain for a water test.
If there is a cool and peaceful place to stroll, this place is Mata do Buçaco. There are about 400 species native to the Portuguese Atlantic range and approximately 300 from other climates and many centuries-old trees. It is here that we also find one of the most beautiful hotels in the world, the Palácio do Buçaco, worthy of princes and princesses. We must also visit the old Convent of Santa Cruz, converted into a museum space. There are still more treasures to discover in Mata do Buçaco, but for that you will have to visit it…
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