Fueled by the rise of Portugal's seafaring empire, Jardim Botanico features a wealth of plant species from exotic reaches of the globe. Pay a visit to the garden, operated by the University of Coimbra, and explore the 13 hectares (32 acres) of green space via its network of pathways, trails, and courtyards. You'll pass through different themed areas ranging from ordinary woods to the lime grove, tropical section, greenhouses, and more. Admire the riotous array of flora that began to arrive in Portugal from distant lands during overseas exploration in the 15th century, culminating in the garden's foundation in 1772. You can take a guided tour to learn more about the history and varieties of plants in the garden, but you must make arrangements in advance. Our Coimbra trip planning tool makes visiting Jardim Botanico and other Coimbra attractions simple, and helps you make a travel plan personal to you.
Tours to Jardim Botanico
Joanina Library & University Tour of Coimbra (VIP access!) BOOK WITH VIATOR FROM $48
Duration: 1 hour 30 minutes
Jardim Botanico reviews
My wife and I decided to walk down to the lower town from the university via the botanical garden and were pleased we did. Not a lot was blooming in February but there was still plenty to see. There.... more »
A rather average garden which offers the benefits of shade and peace away from the bustle of the rest of the town. Some lovely spots to picnic or just sit. more »
One of the most breathtaking places to visit in Coimbra! Dive deep into nature's heart and experience the calm and soothing sounds of a forest in the middle of the beautiful Coimbra. I suggest the botanical shuttle line, inexpensive and drives from the university and back again, going through the full gardens
absolutely gorgeous gardens, beautifully maintained (wild, not topiary style!) and super tranquil. so... much... green. interspersed are historical relics: chapels and other ruins. an amazing way to spend a few hours.
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