Romans, codfish and knowledge? What a title! But what does it all have in common?
The answer is short and simple, the city of Coimbra! Does it ring a bell? Don’t worry, we will explain everything.
Today we are going to visit the Machado Castro National Museum, a Codfish factory and we will be students or, at least, we will walk where they have been for more than 700 years.
Coimbra has been a city of significance since the time when Rome enacted laws, built its villages, aqueducts and roads around here.
Codfish is an ambassador icon of our gastronomy and its confection has centuries of tradition, plus, like we say a lot, proper Portuguese folk know how to cook it, at least, in 1001 different ways. There is no cod like ours, despite being hooked thousands of kilometers away, in the northern cold seas.
Are you curious enough? Well, this morning we left behind the usual itineraries and we are starting our visit in Lugrade – The best codfish in the world - where we will get to know the process of preserving this traditional fish.
As we already know, Portugal is much more than gastronomy! The city of Coimbra is culture, knowledge, history, heritage and fantastic sights and, for this reason, from here we will go to the Santa Clara a Nova Convent to enjoy a panoramic view over the Mondego and its town.
Lastly, let’s go downtown. By this time, we have a slight hunger, so, lunch break time! Now, you are certainly able to choose a codfish dish and, between us, it will be delicious, regardless of the choice!
We desire a productive afternoon, so we suggest a pedestrian visit through the city center. During this walk we will take a look on several emblematic places:
First off, we will take a look at the University, where we will visit one of the most impressive libraries in the world - Did you know that for over 500 years, even today, the library is purposely inhabited by bats to prevent moths from eating books?
Next, we will visit The Machado de Castro National Museum, and walk by the New Cathedral, the Old Cathedral and the Santa Cruz Church.
Visiting so many places stimulates our appetite, so let's try the Tentúgal pastries, the most traditional pastry delicacy around here.
Finally, with our souls replenished, we will return to Fátima.