While continuing the renovation of my second apartment, I spend a weekend outside of Lisbon in the region of Coimbra, Portugal’s famous University town. They have a number of Azulejo factories and outlets where we can find incredibly good deals on these beautiful tiles. We decided to spend a weekend in a beautiful historic Palace known as the Curia Palace, where off season prices were unbelievable.
The Curia Palace is one of Portugal’s most beautiful Palaces and a ‘Jewel of the Golden 20’s Art Nouveau era.’
It is a truly beautiful Palace and the region is equally inviting. We enjoyed great food there as well, and everything was very good value. Their spa was closed for repairs, so they offered us access to their sister hotel, an equally beautiful palace hotel located in Coimbra, Portugal’s largest University city. The Quinta das Lagrimas was breathtaking, and the spa made for a great Saturday afternoon break from the activity…
Quinta das Lágrimas (Portuguese pronunciation: [ˈkĩtɐ dɐʒ ˈlaɡɾimɐʃ]) is an estate in Coimbra, Portugal
The “Fonte das Lágrimas” (Fountain of Tears), which originated from the tears shed by Inês de Castro,
who was the King’s mistress, when she was killed, is located in the world known gardens of this beautiful demeure. The gardens include a bamboo forest, enormous trees, and numerous foliage sections…
One of the large trees located on Lagrima’s property
Bamboo gardens to rival those found in Japanese villages
The Quinta das Lagrimas is known in Portugal for their Zen Day spa, known as the Bamboo Spa, named taken from the Bamboo forest located behind the Palace. The spa was a wonderful break and the staff were all very attentive to our group. Definitely worth a trip. They suggested we go to another find in Coimbra for dinner before heading back to the Curia Palace.
High up in the hills of Coimbra in the University neighborhood, a great idea was born. Using a large open space on the back side of the Museum Nacional Machado de Castro with a large terrace that flows over all of Coimbra’s sky line, this great trendy restaurant was created called LOGGIA. The food and service were both excellent, and the views were very unique…..
Coimbra’s Loggia restaurant with sweeping views of Coimbra’s University and surrounding skyline…
We managed to purchase the Azulejo tiles on Sunday morning on the way back to Lisbon. All in all a great weekend….