Portugal for Little Ones, Coimbra
Traveling with kids?
Need a little peace and quiet? If you want to escape some of Central Portugal’s tourists, check out Coimbra’s botanical garden.
If this is a romantic trip, I recommend Quinta das Lágrimas Gardens Hotel and Pedro & Inês Bridge for kissing with a view.
Museums are wonderful, but if you are traveling with kids, you’ll want to visit the Exploratorio and Portugal for the little ones (Portugal dos Pequenitos).
Portuguese food in Central Portugal and Coimbra
While you’re in Portugal, you should find some authentic Portuguese cuisine. If you are looking for typical Coimbra’ cuisine, try leitão à bairrada – suckling pig. For a drinkable taste of Coimbra, try bairrada, a sparkling wine that is a specialty of the region.
The best place to go for coffee & a breakfast treat is Café Santa Cruz. They have a wide selection of pastries and coffee. If you want to bring home a memory of central Portugal, I recommend Amor de Biscoito, www.amordebiscoito.com. I was introduced to these little gems after dinner at Villa Pedra Natural Houses.
Looking for cheap food in Coimbra? Choose one of the bistros downtown or go to the Cafetaria of the Santa Clara’s Monastery – they make great sandwiches.
If you’re looking to splurge a little, go to Arcadas Restaurant by Quintas das Lágrimas Hotel. The Fangas Mercearia bar is a great spot for late night dining. Just outside of Coimbra you can visit Aveiro, and have lunch at the Bairro restaurant.