The beautiful city of Coimbra is renowned for its sublime architecture that dates back to the Roman era. However, Coimbra is so much more than a cultural city. It’s a spot that water sport fans seek out when holidaying in Portugal. Less than an hour’s drive from Coimbra you can also access other rivers, such as Barragem da Aguieira and Nossa Senhora da Ribeira, where you can practice the group activity of standup paddling. Many people mistakenly think that SUP, as it’s called in the world of extreme sports, is an easy activity.
The city has invested greatly in recent years including the organizing of Sports, Culture and Commercial Events, by the modernization of the entire Calhabé area in Coimbra. At the University Stadium or at the Students Association you can practise many types of sports: handball, football, volleyball, basketball, rugby, swimming, tennis, squash, fishing, nautical sports, judo, karate, different types of gymnastics and so on.
There are also several academic groups or autonomous bodies related to music, cinema, theatre, folk dancing, photography or choral singing. Besides the already mentioned cultural activities, there are throughout the year shows, musical exhibitions, theatres, conferences, workshops and other activities of many kinds, organised either by the Rectorate, the Faculties or by the City Council.