Centro Region Museums & exhibitions

Our most recommended Centro Region Museums & exhibitions

Coimbra: University of Coimbra Guided Tour

1. Coimbra: University of Coimbra Guided Tour

Explore the University of Coimbra on a guided walking tour, including visits to the Biblioteca Joanina, São Miguel Chapel, and Royal Palace. Start your tour in Porta Férrea, where you can access the historic sections of the University of Coimbra. Visit the Royal Palace, the Royal Chapel of Saint Michael and the Joanine Library. Next, see how this area has transformed over time with a walk through the Upper Town. Stop near the New Cathedral and learn about the student traditions that take place there. Pass by the "Repúblicas", typical student houses in Coimbra. End our visit in front of the Cathedral of Santa Maria (Old Cathedral), site of the biggest student part in the country: the Queima das Fitas. Learn about the Monumental Serenade and other traditions.

From Aveiro/Ilhavo: Barra, Costa Nova, and Vista Alegre Tour

2. From Aveiro/Ilhavo: Barra, Costa Nova, and Vista Alegre Tour

We’ll leave Aveiro and cross the Central Canal, arriving in the traditional salt fields and the Environmental Interpretation Centre, where we’ll attempt to spot flamingos. Next, we will visit Aveiro’s two quays - the distant-water fishing quay and the commercial quay - where we’ll learn more about the region’s natural evolution and economic history. At Praia da Barra we will gaze upon the man-made opening where the lagoon meets the sea. This structure was built in the early nineteenth century, using the stone from Aveiro’s medieval city walls. The majestic lighthouse stands out in the beautiful Atlantic landscape, accompanying us as we enjoy a short walk by the sea. We will also walk-through Costa Nova, along the typical striped wooden houses. These used to be fishermen’s abodes and are nowadays part of one of the most beautiful and original coastal landscapes in Portugal. You will also have a chance to taste our Portuguese custard tarts (Pasteis de Nata), in one of our local bakeries. We will then drive to Vista Alegre, a small settlement where the famous Vista Alegre Factory is located. Built in 1824, it’s renowned internationally for its ceramic and glassware production. We’ll then visit the museum, with the possibility of watching the artists delicately paint the ceramic pieces in the workshop (workshop closed during the weekend). Still in Vista Alegre, we’ll also have a look through the local chapel, Capela da Nossa Senhora da Penha de França, a seventeenth-century national site, decorated with Portuguese tiles (azulejos) and frescoes. Before returning to Aveiro, you’ll also have a chance to briefly visit the Factory shop and outlet.

Castelo Branco: Culture and History Guided Tour with Museums

3. Castelo Branco: Culture and History Guided Tour with Museums

The tour lasts approximately 4 hours and starts with a pick-up at the meeting point, next to the Castelo Branco Tourist Office. There will be a walking tour through the historic area of the city, passing by various points of interest, such as Churches and Chapels, the Sixteenth Century Portals and the Clock Tower. Then there is a visit to the first two museums, the Cargaleiro Museum and the Castelo Branco Embroidery Interpretation Center. This is followed by a walk through the City Park and a visit to the Jardim do Paço Episcopal. Finally, it's time to go up to the highest point in the city where you can visit the Castle and marvel at a 360º view over the city of Castelo Branco. Return to the meeting point.

From Lisbon: Full-Day Aveiro & Ilhavo Private Tour

4. From Lisbon: Full-Day Aveiro & Ilhavo Private Tour

Fished since the beginning of the 16th century in the cold waters of Newfoundland, and cured in Portugal with salt, codfish is one of the most important elements of the Portuguese gastronomical culture. It is always present at the table during Christmas supper or during any other festive day. The food of the poor in the past has today become the “one thousand and one ways” to cook, a status of delicacy.  See it in Ilhavo, the land of codfish fishermen, in a one-of-a-kind museum in the world with codfishes in a giant tank, and taste it in the magnificent restaurant at the Hotel Vista Alegre. After lunch, visit the Factory Museum and the Vista Alegre Shop, the most exquisite utilitarian and artistic porcelain made in Portugal. En route, you will also visit Aveiro the “Portuguese Venice“ and taste its sweet egg pastries.

From Lisbon: Obidos and Tomar Day Trip with Transfer

5. From Lisbon: Obidos and Tomar Day Trip with Transfer

From Lisbon, we will head towards Óbidos, considered one of the most beautiful villages in Europe. To go through Óbidos is to take a leap in History and visit medieval Portugal. The white houses decorated in shades of blue and yellow, keep the characteristics of the beginning of nationality. In Óbidos we will visit the streets where the Jewish Portuguese lived and we will identify the marks they left in the buildings. We will see the place of prayer and tell the stories of the medieval town. We will climb the castle where we will enjoy a breathtaking view of the surrounding plain. We will finish our visit with a taste of ginjinha, the local liqueur. We will continue on to Tomar where we will visit the historic area and the old Synagogue, now the Abraão Zacuto Luso-Hebrew Museum. Adjacent to the Synagogue is the old Mikveh and some houses which still retain their Sephardic essence. A visit to the Convent of Christ, a World Heritage Site, is a must, not only for its beauty, but also to better understand how Templar syncretism was important to the Jewish communities in Portugal during the medieval period. Come with us and discover Sephardic History!

Full-Day Private Tour - Fatima's Sanctuary and Museums

6. Full-Day Private Tour - Fatima's Sanctuary and Museums

Your tour begins at 8:30 with a pick-up at your hotel. This private tour is provided mainly with the objective of showing the Sanctuary of Fátima and surrounding areas, nevertheless, this itinerary can be changed to best suit your preferences. After the pick-up you will head directly to Fátima, an approximately 1-hour trip, where you will see the magnificence of the sanctuary with both the old and the new Basilicas where more than 250,000 people pray at the famous candle processions during the main historical dates--May 13 and October 13. During the trip your driver will inform you of the schedule of the services in the sanctuary so you can plan the trip in order to assist some of them if you so wish. Upon arrival to Fátima you can then assist any service you may wish or visit the Fátima museum, to find out more about the history of the apparitions and the development of the sanctuary since 1917.  You will also have time to shop for souvenirs and religious related items, and after eating on one of the many nice restaurants of the area you will proceed to the places of Aljustrel, where the museum-house of the shepherds is located and also Valinhos, where one of the apparitions took place in 1917. After the visits you will return to Lisbon and will arrive to the hotel approximately by 5:30 PM.

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