Largo da Portagem
Largo da Portagem
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Malgorzata
12,113 contributions
Jul 2020
Largo da Portagem is rather a small square opens to the river and Santa Clara Bridge. At the center is a statue of Joaquim António de Aguiar , erected in 1913. You can see see here some of the most beautiful buildings in Coimbra , like the iconic Astoria Hotel and the local headquarters of the Bank of Portugal. There are also cafes and restaurants. A really beautiful and nice place.
Written April 11, 2021
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wik79
London34 contributions
Jul 2014 • Friends
The Largo da Portagem is located down by the river and is the place where various parts of the city meet.

Firstly, the buses all seem to go there, including the Yellow Bus tourist bus that takes an hour tour of the city.

You can do a river boat tour from there.

You can walk up to the university (steep climb!), or along to the Jardim Zoologica or across the river to the sports area. Or to other places! The main shopping street is there too.

There are a few restaurants in the Largo itself, offering a wide variety of things. They're not all great value, but useful if you want a quick rest and a snack.

All in all, it's not a terribly interesting place in itself. However it's very useful because it offers all the potential to go and visit all the sights of the city!
Written July 28, 2014
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Vadim
Murmansk, Russia26,760 contributions
Feb 2020
The name of the square is translated as Toll Square. It is clear that this is a medieval name associated with the collection of customs duties from ships unloaded in Coimbra for trade. Fees are no longer charged, although the Bank of Portugal building is available. Another notable building is the beautiful Hotel Astória, built in 1926. The center of the composition is a monument by the local sculptor Costa Mota, installed in honor of the famous liberal politician of the XIX century Joaquim Antonio de Aguiar, a native of Coimbra. Three times the Prime Minister of Portugal is depicted at the time of signing decrees on the nationalization of church assets in 1834, for which he received the nickname "Mata-Frades" - " Killer of monks"
Written January 5, 2021
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fatoldlady
San Francisco, CA131 contributions
Oct 2015 • Friends
If you are staying in a hotel on this 19th century, triangular largo/praca/'square' it will be noisy until 1:00 and after 5:00!
Written October 4, 2015
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Roebuck1989
Colwyn Bay, UK104 contributions
Aug 2015 • Couples
A very pretty little square at the bottom of the main street in lower Coimbra. The place to come if you are looking for a coffee shop, snack or pastry. Lots of outdoor seating in the shade and nice views over the well kept flower beds and further across the river to the opposite bank.

If I could make a recommendation it would be that after taking in the square then you should head across the road and while facing the river take a left. About 100 metres away is the start of a very long park that hugs the Rio Mondego and leads down to a boardwalk with some funky bars and restaurants. A great place to stroll and enjoy a sunset while having a meal.
Written September 9, 2015
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John W
Munich, Germany19 contributions
May 2015 • Couples
This was the most lively place in town on a quiet Sunday afternoon. There are a number of pastry shops and cafés here, this is a good place to sit and drink a galão and peoplewatch.
Written May 31, 2015
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bluebay06
La Spezia, Italy2,128 contributions
Nov 2022
This square, located at the level of the Rio Mondego in front of the Santa Clara Bridge, is the center of the city and the starting point for tourists to enter and climb the historic part of Coimbra. The fact of being the access point to the city is also confirmed by the fact that in the past taxes were paid here for incoming goods. The presence of historic buildings such as the Hotel Astória and the Edifício do Banco de Portugal em Coimbra confirm the economic and vital centrality of this square in Coimbra. While the crowded tables of the bars and their large sun umbrellas fill a large part of the square, in the center of the green area with grass stands the statue of an important politician born in Coimbra, Joaquim António de Aguiar.
Written January 8, 2023
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john b
Valparaiso, IN863 contributions
Oct 2022
My favorite part on Coimbra. Wide area that narrows to a great street to walk. Wonderful area. Full of life with River behind. Our hotel is at the end closet to the river.
Written October 17, 2022
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Jules060617
Lausanne, Switzerland1,339 contributions
Sep 2022
There are a number of fine historical buildings around this square just off the river. The statue of Joaquim Antonio ei Aguiar was added in 1914.
Written October 16, 2022
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wbabicz
Long Branch, NJ61 contributions
Sep 2019
Plenty of restaurants , shops and boat tour right across the street .
Good food and drinks at a reasonable price. We didn't feel rushed at all at the restaurant.
Written October 1, 2019
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Largo da Portagem - All You Need to Know BEFORE You Go (with Photos)