The cobbled streets of Coimbra rise in tiers over the Mondego River. Coimbra is both a city and a region. The region contains the Rio Mondego. Nearby is the Convent of Santa Clara-a-Nova. It is also home to many festivals. To obtain a taste of Coimbra culture, arrive during the Burning of the Ribbons or the Festival of St. Raina. There is also the Feira Popular. This Grand Fair has games and carnival rides. This is one good reason to spend at least a weekend in Coimbra. A visit to Coimbra involves negotiating narrow and steep cobbled streets. It is worth it to see such Coimbra attractions as the 16th century church of St. Cruz. A former monastery, this church has a large and ornate central dome. Other Coimbra sights are the Gothic ancient Arch of Almedina. This is the remnants of the Moorish town hall. There is also a 12th century Old Cathedral and a 16th century New Cathedral. While here, there are other things to do in Coimbra. Take an excursion to the Roman Town of Conimbruga or go shopping in Coimbra around Praça da Repúbliac.
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