Zoo and Wildlife Parks in Coimbra
While Coimbra is known for its historical buildings, university complex and ecclesiastical monuments, like many cities in Portugal it also offers plenty of greenery interspersed with its bricks and mortar attractions. Take your time studying your map or tourist itinerary and choose carefully, as you will definitely need more than one day to visit and discover all of Coimbra’s beautiful sites and lush gardens scattered around the city and the towns surrounding it.
Right at the edge of the city is a lovely park known as the Parque Verde do Mondego, or Green Park of the Mondego River. The Parque Verde do Mondego is a fine area of greenery that runs along the banks of the river, offering space to escape from the hustle and bustle of the city and transport yourself to a place where you are enveloped by nature rather than history.
There are of course many other opportunities in and around Coimbra to get a taste for the natural landscape, flora and fauna of the region. A great place to start is the Choupal National Forest, which lies just a few kilometres further from the city centre. Known as the Mata National do Choupal, the Choupal Forest was born off the need to break the high water route of the Mondego back in 1791.
There are many species of birds, insects, animals and of course, flora in the park, making it a great destination for anyone with an interest in nature, horticulture or ornithology. Many of the plants are identified by information panels dotted throughout the park to give visitors plenty of background on the area. There are many semi-landscaped, flower-lined paths that weave their way through the forest, plus a large open garden area, again semi landscaped, which is worth taking a look at.
Further out of Coimbra, the Roman settlement of Conimbriga offers the perfect combination of sightseeing and nature. The settlement is surrounded by fields of wild flowers and also boasts tamed, planted areas within the footprint of the site, which not just enhance it but add a feeling of tranquillity. There are many places to which you should definitely go and explore in Coimbra, Portugal, and its lovely surroundings.
Europaradise is a unique park of its kind, where you can observe dozens of animals from all over the world through a relaxing pedestrian walk in a beautiful Mediterranean forest. Along this 2 km long course, you will be able to discover and learn more about wild and domestic animal species, installed in a natural setting and in wellness conditions. Belonging to a protected area, this place boasts a diverse vegetation of a rare beauty.
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