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Market and Buildings in City Street, Coimbra, Portugal
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Central Portugal's Nightlife and Culture: Reasons to Stay in Coimbra

In the East of Central Portugal is Coimbra, the region's main city, home to Coimbra's biggest university. This is a wonderful city of culture and recreation, ideal for a few days exploration and play.

Coimbra fizzles with that same crackling energy that all university towns do. It is that energy of the youth, that seems to come when any city has been handed over to the youth. Not content to stay in, to be bored or docile, they demand things to do and be interested by, and anyone passing through can not fail to be entertained by such a bustling resistance to slowing down.
Dark Clouds at Sunset Hang Over the Velha Universidade (Old University) of Coimbra, Portugal
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The university is the oldest university in Portugal, and one of the oldest of universities still in operation over the world. It has nearly twenty thousand students, who bring with them a lot of noise and excitement. For them the year begins with Festa des Latas (The tin can parade), the homecoming festival taking place in the beginning of the academic year in November. 

Tin cans are tied to the back of the feet, chiming raucously along the streets of Coimbra, and the new students dress in the creative costumes designed by older students. The festival accumulates with the new students being 'baptised' in the Mondego river to mark their initiation into the Coimbra academic fraternity.

The university year ends with an even larger festival taking place at the end of the second semester, shortly before graduation, the Quiema das Fitas (The Burning of the Ribbons), one of the biggest student parties in Europe. It signifies the end of the year and severance from study, lasting eight days long, a day for each faculty. Yet it is more a prolonged party, stretching out as three days of sport activities, parades and concerts running long in to the night, flowing with beer and cheer. The city becoming truly alive. 

They really know how to party here and it is estimated that so much beer is drank at Coimbra's Quiema das Fitas, it surpasses that at Munich's Oktoberfest.

Though there is much more to Coimbra than partying and its student life. It also has a very rich and old cultural side, adding a certain credence to the city as a stimulating academic setting. The city is rich in notable of Manueline architecture constructions, with the Santa Cruz Monastery boasting a splendid Manueline facade and many of the university faculty building serving as notable examples of the form. A traipse round all the religious buildings of Coimbra as a travel round the architectural styles of the second millennium, in staunch contrast to the Santa Cruz Monastery, the Old Cathedral of Coimbra serves takes a Romanesque efficiency, while the New Cathedral of Coimbra sits somewhere between the two with a beautiful baroque design.

At night Coimbra really becomes animated with a bustling bar scene to hop between. A Capella bar is a wonderful little joint for experiencing the very Portuguese Phenomena, the music of Fado, yet this is a distinctively Coimbrian take on the form.

Jumping between bars it is easy to feel the sense of energy of Coimbra, the appetite of the city to have a good time, there are many bars and drinking wells, it is easy to find a charming spot. Then afterward there are some colorful night clubs fizzing with excitement, most recommended is Vinyl, one of the finest clubs in the city.

After the busy days of this city, it is wonderful to have your own space to relax, lounging by the pool, perhaps nursing that hangover with one of the region's famous wines, a glass of 'Bairrida'. With villas in Portugal you can take central Portugal at your own pace, relaxing in your vacation home, walking round these glorious planes of land, back in to the city with your new plans, for more culture, more fun.


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Hotel Parador de Almeida
Located in the centre region of Portugal, near the Vilar Formoso border and within the old walls of the village you will find the Hotel Parador de Almeida, former Pousada Nossa Senhora das Neves. It was built in 1985, in the place where the former prisons were located. This charming hotel reveals, in spite of its modern atmosphere and spacious rooms, the historical and cultural grandiosity of the village of Almeida, now a classified National Heritage. This Almeida hotel has a bar, TV room, and an excellent restaurant  which doubles as a venue for special celebrations or weddings for up to 150 people. Furthermore, guests can use the wireless Internet access available in public zones.


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Melia Ria Hotel, Aveiro
The Meliá Ria Hotel is located in a superior quality residential development in the centre of Aveiro, with views of the lake formed by the River Ria de Aveiro. Located next to the Cultural and Congress Centre and the train station, just a short distance from the historical heart of the city, 7 km from the beaches, and 60 minutes from Porto airport, with easy access to the A1, IP5 and IC1 highways. The Meliá Ria hotel is situated on one of the channels of the Ría de Aveiro, near the characteristic building of the old Jerónimo Campos Ceramic Factory, giving its rooms a privileged view of the singular beauty of Aveiro.
Eurosol Estarreja Hotel & SPA, Estarreja,near Aveiro
The hotel Eurosol Estarreja Hotel & SPA has available 67 rooms, 12 suites included. Four of these 12 suites are exterior suites. The hotel is integrated in an exuberant centenary plant life area with a convenient exposure essential for an infrastructure of this kind. This hotel offers leisure infrastructures namely the restaurant “Real Cozinha Velha”, two bars “Paço Real” and “Caribe”, banquet room, meeting rooms, Wellness SPA, Fitness Club, sauna and Turkish bath, Jacuzzi, outdoor and indoor swimming pools, reading room, kids club, tennis court, mini golf and a garden decorated with centenary trees and walking paths, private parking and garage.
Pousada de Torreira / Murtosa - Ria de Aveiro
Located in the isthmus that connects Murtosa to the beaches of São Jacinto, the Pousada de Murtosa Torreira, Ria de Aveiro is set in a preserved area with a unique natural beauty. From the balconies of this nature hotel it is possible to overlook the Ria de Aveiro, and on peaceful evenings you can appreciate the fishermen at work on the traditional "Moliceiros" boats. Surrounded by water, this is the ideal spot for fishing, water sports or going to the beautiful beaches which are near the Costa Nova's typical colourful houses.


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Pousada de Belmonte - Convento do Belmonte, Belmonte
Situated on the hillside of Serra da Esperanca, Convento do Belmonte Pousada is placed just over a kilometre away from the town of Belmonte. The various attractions nearby the hotel are Castle, Sortelha, Castelo Novo and Troutponds in Manteigas.  Maintaining its historical architecture, the hotel offers 24 well appointed rooms and suites, each equipped with modern amenities.  Guests can dine at the onsite restaurant that serves delicious dishes in a graceful atmosphere.  The hotel also provides conference and banquet facilities to its guests. During leisure, you can take a refreshing dip in the swimming pool or explore the city.
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Best Western Hotel Rainha Dona Amélia Castelo Branco
The Best Western Hotel Rainha D. Amélia features all modern facilities and is soundproofed throughout. We are in a quiet location, near the historical center with a castle, museums and gardens, in the center of the city, just 500 meters from the commercial center. The hotel is ideally situated to visit Castelo Branco and its surroundings, where we can find the Cathedral, the Bishop’s Palace, castles, museums and gardens. Start your morning with our complimentary buffet breakfast. Evenings are a great time to enjoy the Dinastia Bar. Our in-house restaurant offers our guests the chance to enjoy a great diversity of both local and international dishes. We have meeting rooms that can accommodate up to 400 people. Free parking. 
Hotel Tryp Colina do Castelo Castelo Branco
The Tryp Colina do Castelo is located on the top of a hill with wonderful panoramic views over the city of Castelo Branco. Near the centre of the city, the hotel is the perfect base for discovering some of the most picturesque locations and cultural attractions in the region of Beira Baixa.  The hotel offers: Select buffet breakfast, Buffet-style Restaurant, A la carte Restaurant, Lobby bar, Health Club with indoor heated pool, sauna, steam baths, Whirlpool, massages on request (Swimming hats must be used at all times in the pool), 2 Squash courts and 3 Tennis courts.

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Hotel Astoria, Coimbra
Hotel Astoria Coimbra is a 3-star hotel located in the heart of Coimbra, besides the University City facing the Mondego River, the commercial and monumental area. There are 60 rooms available at Hotel Astoria Coimbra including double, single and twin. Some of the services provided at Hotel Astoria include restaurant, breakfast, Wireless internet access and more.  Guests can dine at the "L'Amphitryon" restaurant, one of the most seeked in town, serving international and traditional Portuguese cuisine plus selected wines. The traditional and historical Bar 21 is a classic meeting point. Other services available at Hotel Astoria:  breakfast buffet served in the restaurant, wireless internet access in the hotel lobby and laptop available for clients use.
Quinta das Lágrimas, Coimbra
Nature, charm, history, elegance, experiences.... this is the essence of Quinta das Lágrimas (Estate of Tears), a hotel with soul and character, a retreat of comfort that honors Portugal's rich traditions of hospitality and gastronomy. For centuries a private sanctuary that welcomed Kings, Emperors and world figures like the Duke of Wellington, the Quinta das Lágrimas Hotel is now open to all those that appreciate the art of fine living… and to those that want to discover the medieval love legend of Prince Pedro and the fair Inês de Castro. Our cuisine uses traditional ingredients of this region to create exquisite recipes that we refresh four times per year, with the rhythm of the seasons. It is a “Market Cuisine” because it uses only the freshest ingredients available. 
Tivoli Coimbra Hotel, Coimbra
Tivoli Coimbra. Bringing together tradition and modern elegance. Located in the centre of Coimbra, near Rua da Sofia, Tivoli Coimbra is an excellent 4-star Coimbra hotel that exudes comfort and wellbeing. Relax in the sophisticated and modern restaurant and bar, meeting rooms, and our completely renovated superior rooms. Leave your car in the private hotel car park and take a walk through the city of tradition. On your return to our Coimbra Portugal hotel, pay a visit to the Health Club and then stop off at the Porta Férrea restaurant to recharge your batteries.  The hotel offers a wide range of facilities such as a bar, health club with heated pool and sauna and a choice of meeting rooms.
Tryp Coimbra Hotel
The Tryp Coimbra is located on a hillside in Coimbra, 100 metres from the famous Coimbra University Hospital. A 15 minute walk from the University built in 1292 and with easy access to the historical heart of the city. Coimbra is one hour from the Francisco Sá Carneiro International Airport in Porto and two hours from the Portela International Airport in Lisbon.  Restaurants and bars - Select buffet breakfast in "O Magistrado" Restaurant, "O Magistrado" Restaurant, Contemporary and International cuisine and Lobby Bar. 120 rooms and 13 Junior Suites completely soundproofed.
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Pousada de Condeixa-a-Nova - Santa Cristina, Condeixa
Santa Cristina Pousada Condeixa is located close to the Lisbon-Oporto motorway, near the historical university city of Coimbra and only 2 kilometres from Conimbriga, one of the best-preserved Roman ruins in Europe. The interior design, the peacefulness of the surrounding green areas and the nearby palace park, are all excellent reasons to visit this Pousada again and again.  The hotel has 45 guestrooms that are well equipped with modern amenities.  Guests can enjoy delicious gastronomy at the onsite restaurant.  The restaurant offers conditions for big weddings, in interior and external spaces that present the maximum capacity of 150 people.
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Sotto Mayor Hotel, Figueira da Foz
This Figueira da Foz hotel is close to Figueira da Foz Beach and Cabo Mondego. Sotto Mayor has a seasonal outdoor pool. Business amenities at this 3.0 star property include wireless Internet access, meeting rooms for small groups, and business services. The property has a restaurant, a bar/lounge, and a poolside bar. Guests are served a complimentary breakfast each morning. Business amenities at this 3.0 star property consist of conference rooms and banquet facilities. The staff can arrange wedding services and dry cleaning/laundry services. Additional amenities include an arcade/game room, multilingual staff, and laundry facilities. This is a smoke free property.
Sweet Atlantic Hotel & Spa, Figueira da Foz
Chic and elegant, the 4-star Sweet Atlantic Hotel is ideally situated in the seaside city of Figueira da Foz, just minutes away from the beach. Hotel Sweet Atlantic creates a world of luxury and sophistication that is hard to replicate! With fifty lavish suites overlooking the waterfront, the hotel boasts an attractive décor and modernist style that guarantees a pleasant and unforgettable stay. Relax in Sweet Atlantic Hotel’s spacious and stylish public areas and take advantage of the hotel’s vibrant bar lounge and gourmet a la carte restaurant serving up appetising local dishes.
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Pousada de Manteigas - São Lourenço, Manteigas
Located in the isthmus that connects Murtosa to the beaches of São Jacinto, the Pousada de Murtosa / Torreira - Ria is set in a preserved area with a unique natural beauty. The varandas overlook the Aveiro River tributary and on peaceful evenings you can appreciate the fishermen at work on the traditional "Moliceiros" boats. Surrounded by water, this is the ideal spot for fishing, water sports or going to the beautiful beaches wich are near the Costa Nova's typical colourful houses.
Pousada de Torreira / Murtosa - Ria de Aveiro 
Located in the isthmus that connects Murtosa to the beaches of S. Jacinto, Ria Pousada Torreira is set in a preserved area with a unique natural beauty. Just a short drive from Aveiro, one of Portugal's most lovely towns, the Ria Pousada is the perfect destination for any traveller looking to explore the region. Ria Pousada offers 19 comfortably fitted rooms that come with numerous modern amenities.  In the hotel's restaurant, guests can enjoy a variety of delicacies in a bright and welcoming setting.  During leisure, guests can play a game of tennis or relax at the refreshing swimming pool.
Pousada de Vila Pouca da Beira - Convento do Desagravo
A former Convent this Pousada is located in Vila Pouca da Beira, a small village in Portugal with less than 400 inhabitants.  History tells us that the Convento do Desagravo was built on the orders of the Bishop and Count, Dom Francisco de Lemos de Faria Pereira, during the last quarter of the eighteenth century. Today's Pousada preserves this fascinating piece of history intact, carefully adapted to provide contemporary comfort. Its superb location, close to the mountains of the "Serra da Estrela" and the "Serra do Açor", helps to create a romantic and peaceful atmosphere.