National Museum Machado de Castro in Coimbra

The National Museum Machado de Castro features many historical and antique objects originating from the churches and convents of Coimbra and the region. When the last religious orders closed (around 1834), many...
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Quinta São Luiz – Elegant Dining near Coimbra

Recently, we visited a remarkable restaurant just a 15-minute drive west of Coimbra in central Portugal. It’s Quinta São Luiz in Pereira. With elegant modern décor, delicious cuisine and exemplary service, Quinta São Luiz is a highly-recommended, sophisticated dining experience.
Villa Pedra Natural Houses

Villa Pedra Natural Houses – Vintage Village, Modern Homes, Your Sanctuary

Wouldn’t it be a luxury to escape to a place that captures the serenity and charm of an old-world village, yet offers the comfort and security of 21st century amenities? It’s possible. Villa Pedra Natural Houses, just south of Coimbra in central Portugal, is a true sanctuary where quaint and quiet meets contemporary comfort.
Biblioteca Joanina at the University of Coimbra in Central Portugal

Biblioteca Joanina – Grand & Historic Library in Coimbra

Who would guess that Portugal has some of the most interesting and awe-inspiring spaces devoted to books? Porto is home to the most beautiful bookstore in the world, Livraria Lello. But, the University of Coimbra in Central Portugal is the location for one of the world’s grandest and unique libraries, the Biblioteca Joanina.

What’s Cool about Central Portugal 2 – Day 4

Today, we’re going to learn more about two important local products….ovos moles and ceramics. Ovos Moles are sweets that have been delighting Portuguese for hundreds of years. They were first made in convents with only the two basic ingredients, sugar and egg yolks. We will get a close-up view of the production process….and hopefully, participate in the quality assurance taste testing!!
What's Cool about Central Portugal Roadtrip - Day 4

What’s Cool about Central Portugal – Day 4

Bom dia! Day four begins with sunrise at Pehnas Douradas in Serra da Estrella. A gorgeous, sunny, cool windy morning in the moutains. We will start the day with breakfast at the restaurant in Casas das Penhas Douradas, then take a quick walk around the grounds to see the cool contemporary architecture in the morning sun.