1 Velha Universidade, Coimbra
Wind your way up to the splendidly sited university, with its striking Baroque library.
2 Roman ruins at Conímbriga
Mosaics, baths, forum, aqueduct and a mighty defensive wall survive at Portugal’s finest Roman site.
3 Serra do Açor
Explore this little-visited mountain range full of unexpected delights – schist villages, river beaches, mountain walks and elegant old bridges.
4 Kayaking down the Mondego
Take a gentle paddle down the meandering and picturesque Rio Mondego between Penacova and Coimbra.
5 Mata Nacional do Buçaco
Spend the day in the shaded Buçaco forest, and then drop down into the neighbouring spa town of Luso for afternoon tea.
Cruise on one of the traditional brightly-painted boats, known as barcos moliceiros, through the atmospheric canals of Aveiro.
7 Figueira da Foz
Central Portugal’s finest resort, boasting one of Europe’s widest beaches, and some great local walks.