Top things to do in The Beiras

Top Choice Ruins in Beira Litoral

Conímbriga Roman Ruins

Set in the lush countryside southwest of Coimbra, this is Portugal’s largest and most impressive Roman site. Ancient Conímbriga was an important city in the Roman province of Lusitania and its ruins are extensive an…
Top Choice Forest in Luso & Mata Nacional do Buçaco

Mata Nacional do Buçaco

The aromatic forest is criss-crossed with trails, dotted with crumbling chapels and graced with ponds, fountains and exotic trees. The most accessible paths lead to pretty Vale dos Fetos and Fonte Fria, where swans …
Top Choice Museum in Coimbra

Museu Nacional de Machado de Castro

This great museum is a highlight of central Portugal. It's built over the Roman forum, the remains of which can be seen and cover several levels. Part of the visit takes you down to the vaulted, spooky and immensely…
Top Choice Museum in Coimbra

Museu da Ciência

This wonderful science museum occupies a centuries-old former monastery converted by Pombal into the university’s chemical engineering building. It features intriguing state-of-the-art interactive science displays c…
Top Choice University in Coimbra

Universidade de Coimbra

The city’s high point, the university nucleus, consists of a series of remarkable 16th- to 18th-century buildings, all set within and around the vast Páteo das Escolas ('patio' or courtyard). These include the Paço …
Top Choice Museum in Viseu

Museu Grão Vasco

Adjoining the cathedral, the granite Paço de Três Escalões (Palace of Three Steps) was originally built as the bishop’s palace. It's now a splendid museum showcasing an important collection of works by local-born Va…
Top Choice Cathedral in Viseu

Catedral de Viseu

Viseu’s cathedral is a striking hybrid of architectural styles. Originally built in the 13th century, it now has a 17th-century Mannerist facade and a soaring 16th-century columned interior. Particularly impressive …
Top Choice Museum in Beira Baixa

Museu dos Descobrimentos

Reason enough for a visit to Belmonte, this fabulous museum is dedicated to Portuguese seafaring and the discovery of Brazil by local-born explorer Pedro Álvares Cabral. Touch screens and imaginative interactive exh…
Top Choice Portuguese in Viseu

Tres Pipos

You'll need your own wheels but it's well worth searching out this convivial family-run restaurant in Tonda, a small village some 30km southwest of Viseu. Your reward will be a meal of brilliantly executed regional …
Top Choice Tapas in Coimbra

Tapas Nas Costas

The 'hotspot' about town at the time of research, this sophisticated joint delivers delicious tapas. Decor is stylish, as are the gourmet-style goodies, such as ovo com alheira de caça e grelos (sausage with turnip …