→ 1.00 → Coimbra → 5.50km → Adémia de Baixo

Altitude
35
To end of camino
367.50
ATM
Yes
Bar
Yes
Bus Terminal
Yes
Correos
Yes
Grocery
Yes
Hospital
Yes
Medical Center
Yes
Pharmacy
Yes
Public Pool
Yes
Train
Yes

Coimbra is the third largest Portuguese town along the camino and offers all services and numerous accommodation options, but no pilgrim specific albergues yet... apart from the Santa Clara Convent on the other side of the river.

If you are not staying here, avoid the temptation to skip the route through town; a bit of exploring is in order. Afonso Henriques, first King of Portugal, was born here and is buried in the Monastery of Santa Cruz. The same is true for his eldest son Sancho I. It has two Cathedrals, distinguished with the names Sé Nova and Sé Velha. The Old is very Romanesque, and the New is Baroque and Mannerist and adorned with statues of St. Ignatius, St. Aloysius Gonzaga, St. Francis Xavier and St. Francis of Borja. The Saints were placed by the Jesuits who built (started) the church, but once they were expelled from Portugal it became the Cathedral and was completed with Peter and Paul getting top billing.

Fiesta

Fireworks on the 4th of July, in celebration of Queen Elizabeth of Portugal.

History

Coimbra was the capital of Portugal during the 12th and 13th centuries, it lost prominence to the port of Lisbon but gained instead the University of Coimbra which remains the oldest university in the Portuguese speaking world. 

The Road

If you are keen to pass through Coimbra, turn left after crossing the bridge and begin following the river walk. It will pass underneath the highway and then veer right to parallel a canal (on your left).

Stay on this paved road through a roundabout and soon you will have a different canal on your right. It remains a straight road until just before Adémia da Baixo, where it turns left. Cross the overgrown Rio Velho to the right into Adémia.

Comments

Camino de Sant… (not verified)

If you are starting the Camino here, you can pick up a credencial at the Iglesia Reinha Santa Isabel (left bank of the river)

michael

04/2022 - roadworks are still in progress, just follow Av. Fernão de Magalhães until McDonalds, then you can get back to the path.

michael

There is currently (24/08/2019) working on the river path so it is not accessible. The best solution is to continuing walking along the main road, underneath the highway, to a Coimbra-B train station, where you can cross the tracks safely. This does not add any distance to the route.

michael

Restaurante Aeminium! This is the best place we had dinner so far on portuguese Camino. 8.50eur for pilgrim menu. Olives and bread, soup, main dish, drinks, coffee and desert. everything is included in this price and everything is just sooooo delicious. And guys that works here are so nice and helpfull! Btw the owner of restauran is pilgrim as the girl from bar told us. probably that’s why this place loves pilgrims so much! I would love to eat here everyday!

michael

Change the world hostels has the most amazing beds on the whole path, you will sleep better than at home! Super new and the baths are also super luxurious :)
One more little advice accommodation wise is - don't stay at BE-Hostels, my friend got bedbugs there :/
AND staying one day or arriving early would be worth it - the university is AMAZING! Take the tour, at the natural museum you find ALL animals that exist in the world! Best 12,50€ invested in my life.

michael

Both the red route along the river and the green route at the McDonald’s are closed with no marked detours for the Camino when we were there on July 8. The work around is to use the bike path. To get there, at the bus station be hot McDonald’s, cut through the station and turn left. There is a very narrow path that leads to a railway crossing and bike route that is the Camino.

michael

04/2022 - roadworks are still in progress, just follow Av. Fernão de Magalhães until McDonalds, then you can get back to the path.