There is no other city like this in Portugal, with so much charisma, so much charm and so much tradition to transship in every little corner, in every rock or rock. We speak, of course, of Coimbra. The city of two students and two loves of Pedro and Inês is probably the most beautiful in Portugal.
For an outsider it can be difficult to understand all the charm of Coimbra. Ultimately, we can hear her stories more or her charm has only been felt, truly, by those who were touched by her and whose life changed forever since they lost love in the city.
It has been many centuries since Coimbra became the university city par excellence of Portugal. And when we speak in excellence, we are not just referring to the quality of their teaching, but also to the many traditions that have developed in the town thanks to the presence of two students.
Ultimately, it is they who give life to Coimbra and it is Coimbra that changes their lives forever. It is as if the existence of some only senses with the presence of the other and vice-versa. Coimbra são os estudantes, as suas tradições, o su fado, os suus sonhos e aspirações. They can live in the city and fizeram from the one that she is home to.
A Cabra, the Escadas Monumentais, a Latada, a Queima das Fitas or a Serenata are just some two great examples of the university traditions of this city. He burns the visit, he is easily delighted with everyone or that says respect to student life, the academic suits and the constant presence of these young people on their streets.
But the charm of Coimbra has no centuries, or it is not the stage of one of the greatest love stories ever lived: Pedro and Inês. For years, the 2 lived in Paços de Santa Clara together with their children and here they will build their family at the tragic death of Inês de Castro.
The history of Coimbra will be forever associated with the two. It was at Quinta das Lágrimas where we found ourselves past the time. Not local, still today there are 2 fountains: the Fonte dos Amores and the Fonte das Lágrimas, immortalized by Luís de Camões nos Lusíadas. Tell the legend that the names of the fountains were not chosen by chance: the first was where the house was located and the second was the place of the death of Inês de Castro.
Lenda or não, or that it is known that D. Afonso IV, pai de D. Pedro, took advantage of the absence of his son and, knowing that Inês was sozinha in Coimbra, went to this place in order to pronounce his sentence . Of little worth were the pleas of Inês de Castro, seized by her children, the nets of the monarch.
Curiously, the place where this love and its tragedy happened, Quinta das Lágrimas, is associated with another great name in the history of Coimbra: Rainha Santa Isabel. She was the one who ordered the construction of the Paço de Santa Clara and its gardens deixou-os em herança for the future herders of the crown. Years later, it would be here that the net of her, D. Pedro, would live with Inês.
Perhaps the love affairs of Pedro and Inês have served as inspiration for many love stories between the students of Coimbra (without a tragic ending, of course). It is certain that all these legends and stories about the city and the misadventures that live here give him a special charisma that is very difficult to explain. Coimbra is not lived, sit down.
And I can feel a little bit of the soul of the city walking through its streets, losing its hair in its beacons and wandering through its squares. There is a lot to visit and it is easy to lose here 2 or 3 days without appreciating all the details.
For those already referred to, to Universidade ea Quinta das Lágrimas, also highlight Sé Velha, to Joanna Library, or Jardim da Manga, or Jardim Botânico, or Museu Nacional Machado de Castro or the Parques da Cidade. There are just some two best examples of what you can visit in Coimbra.
At the end of his walk, he will return home to discover what is one of the most charming and charismatic cities in Portugal: Coimbra, the city that has the most charm at the time of farewell. But it doesn’t completely come off and turn around whenever it has. Ultimately, Coimbra seems to call for us at every moment, in every detail.