Today’s stage is really short, and we are grateful for it, because if we leave from Cernache, it will only take us a couple of hours to reach this end of the stage, and if you have never been to Coimbra before, today you will fall in love with it. The beautiful Coimbra, bathed by the waters of the Mondego River, is one of the most cosmopolitan cities in Portugal. It is a city with a lot of atmosphere and full of life, which is worth stopping to visit. Today’s short stage gives us the perfect opportunity to spend a good part of the day getting to know the city.


We head towards Coimbra, leaving Cernache by its main street, from where we will continue ascending towards the Pousada neighbourhood. From Pousada, we will continue following the signs on the main road, passing by the chapel and farm of São Pedro and the chapel of Palheira. After passing Palheira, we continue crossing a metal footbridge over the motorway to continue along Ladeira da Bicha street, from where we will reach a perfect viewpoint to take a break.

We continue now, passing by Cruz dos Morouços, crossing again a pass over the motorway and the remains of an old aqueduct. After our ascent to the districts of Santa Clara and Mesura, we will have a beautiful panoramic view of the city of Coimbra. Just before crossing the Mondego river to enter Coimbra, we can make a stop to visit the Monastery of Santa Clara-a-Nova.

To consider

Did you know that our city was the first capital of the Kingdom of Portugal, after its independence from the Kingdom of León? In addition, Coimbra has one of the oldest universities in Europe, as well as many other places to visit, so if we leave from Cernache early, we will have the whole day to see this wonderful town.

Places of interest

  • Monastery of Santa Clara-a-Nova
  • Coimbra Cathedral-Old Town of Coimbra
  • Coimbra Cathedral-New Se cathedral of Coimbra
  • Botanical Garden – Coimbra
  • University of Coimbra
  • Monastery of Santa Cruz – Coimbra
  • Arch of Almedina – Coimbra
  • Portugal dos Pequenitos – Coimbra

Typical dishes

  • Bacalhau bràs
  • Francesinhas
  • Alheiras
  • Prego
  • Roasted Frango or piri-piri
  • Cheeses



Pilgrims' hostel of Cernache

Address: Rua Álvaro Anes, 37 3040-810 Cernache (Portugal)

Phone: +351 968 034 708

Email: Unavailable

Web: Unavailable

Rainha Santa Isabel Pilgrims' Hostel

Address: Alto de Santa Clara 3040-270 Coimbra (Portugal)

Phone: +351 239 441 674

Email: Unavailable




Town: Coímbra

Povince: Centro de Portugal

Population: 146.317


Town: Coimbra

Povince: Centro de Portugal

Population: 3.871