The Mondego River is the center of recreational activity for the City of Coimbra in Portugal. Very close to the old town this section of the river is surrounded by parks and green spaces. The old town gives plenty of options for lunch or snacks. Two bridges one pedestrian and one the major access point over the river into the city provide a nice circle route. Our hotel was conveniently located in the old town so we made our way to the area stopping for lunch at the Restaurant Italia before heading out on our little jaunt. Click on each highlighted link to explore more in-depth each component of the walk.
We headed out through the Parque da Cidade Manuel Braga with its landscaped paths, statues and topiary.
Within the park is the Water Museum.
The end of the park brings you to the Pedro e Inês pedestrian bridge where we crossed the river.
The other side of the river brings you to Choupalinho Park where you can partake in any number of recreational activities.
Off to your left are the ruins of the Monastery of Santa Clara-a-Velha.
The Santa Clara Bridge brings you back across the river.
Before coming full circle take note of the Hotel Astoria,
a drive thru COVID testing station,
and the old city skyline.