Castles And Town Walls


Halfday Tour To The Medieval Walls Of Coimbra, Mondego Fields And Castle Of Montemor-o-velho
All you need to know:

Schedule

Available everyday of the year, under request of guide’s availability | From 9am to 1pm or 2pm to 6pm

Price

50€/person . Min 2 participants or equivalent price

Meeting Point

To be agreed with the client (hotel or point of interest in Coimbra’s city center)

Delve into this Great Opportunity

During this tour we will discover one of the most imposing defensive grids from the Medieval Ages in Portugal, attesting its contribution for the establishment of our nation! You will feel yourself going back in time as you get to know the Mondego's Defensive Line!

The tour starts at Coimbra's Historical Center, where you'll have the opportunity to learn more about the Portuguese Crusades and the medieval defensive systems that are still visible today: the city walls and towers. After understanding the strategic position of Coimbra and its defensive system, as well as the history during the Reconquest period, we will travel through the Mondego Agricultural Fields all the way to Montemor-o-Velho's Castle.

The Mondego River is the longest river exclusive to the portuguese territory, running the country from the peaks of Serra da Estrela all the way into the Atlantic Ocean. It crosses the city of Coimbra, and it expands through an immense region of fertile soils where still today one can find vast crops of rice and corn. There's also a big presence of animal life be it the domestic cattle as well as wild species like ducks that come to feast on an abundance of rice or the storks that build their nests on the top of the electric distribution structures that cross this idyllic place.

After arriving at Montemor-o-Velho we will contemplate the beauty of its Castle, strategically settled at the top of a hill over the Mondego Agricultural Fields. From there the views are magnificent, and it's very well preserved structure will leave you breathless! It is a fantastic military construction, built during the Moorish occupation of the region and later inhabited by the members of the Portuguese Royal Court. Also connected to the history of this defensive structure are vestiges of the Templars, the passage of the french troops of Junot for the occasion of the Peninsular Wars (1810) and the legend of Pedro and Inês … stories that will be revealed during this unforgettable tour!

During this tour we will discover one of the most imposing defensive grids from the Medieval Ages in Portugal, attesting its contribution for the establishment of our nation! You will feel yourself going back in time as you get to know the Mondego's Defensive Line!


Points of Interest

Towers and Walls of Coimbra and it’s defensive structures in medieval ages Mondego River Montemor-o-Velho Village and it’s Castle Holy Church of “Saint Mary from the Alçácova” Agricultural Fields of Mondego.

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Optional

If that was enough to raise your interest about the theme of this tour, and if you would want to know more, you can ask for a full day private tailored tour and visit other nearby places!

By requesting a full day tour it will be possible to visit the Santa Catarina Fort in Figueira da Foz, Buarco's Tower and Fort as well as “Boa Viagem Mountain”... during the Spring/Summer we encourage you to bring your bathing suit and take a dive in the Atlantic Ocean!

We also suggest a brief lunch stop at this region, where you may appreciate the local gastronomy like for example fresh fish and seafood or the typical pastry from Tentúgal among other treats!

Ask for a tailored tour: we will gladly adapt the route according to your personal preferences, allowing you to discover everything you would want to know about the portuguese culture… accompanied by a local guide!

If that was enough to raise your interest about the theme of this tour, and if you would want to know more, you can ask for a full day private tailored tour and visit other nearby places!