• Coimbra


The college town of Coimbra — just two to three hours north of Lisbon by train, bus, or car — is Portugal’s Oxford, and the country’s easiest-to-enjoy city. When school is in session, Coimbra bustles. During summer holidays, it’s sleepy. Any time of year, Coimbra’s inviting Arab-flavored old town — a maze of people, narrow streets, and tiny restaurants — awaits exploration.