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“Fascinating, with extras”

Museu Monografico de Conimbriga
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Recommended length of visit: 1-2 hours
Reviewed 1 August 2014

The excavated ruins are very interesting and the explanations of how the Romans sacrificed part of their city to make a more secure site sent a chill up my spine. Definitely worth going out of your way to see: the site is about 15 km outside of Coimbra.

We visited in July on a day which turned out to a municipal holiday. We had no trouble getting a Transdev bus there (from the bus stop are near the tourist office and the bridge across the Mondego, 2.50 euros) at 9 a.m., but the driver warned us that service would be reduced in the afternoon and that the first return bus would be at 5:55 p.m. Therefore we took our time at the ruins, and in the museum. We stopped for an excellent meal in the restaurant at mid day--8.50 euro special of the day which included appetizers, soup, main course, a glass of wine or a bottle of water, dessert and coffee. Great value in a very nice setting.

After lunch we decided to try one of the walks into the hills (there's one loop that is supposed to take five hours) which went through a forest and then rose for some great views at the top of one hill. When we got back in plenty of time for the return bus we discovered two other couples who'd been waiting for an earlier bus which had (natch!) never come. We weren't too worried but when the bus we'd been promised didn't arrive, and a third bus which museum staff was sure to come, also was no show, we began to wonder. In the end we had much help from the staff (getting ready to go home themselves) who called a taxi, asking for one big enough to transport 6. The return trip cost 25 euros, which we split six ways. Quite reasonable I thought since the taxi driver could have charged us a lot more, and we would have been glad to pay just to get back to town.

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Reviewed 23 July 2014

It is easy to find with a car, not sure how to get here if you don't have one. It cost 4,5 E for the entrance, and that is very reasonable. It is a very nice site and features some very good mosaics, better than I have seen them anywhere else (Pompeii, Nora e.g). You don not need a full day here, 1-2h is ok if you want to visit the museum as well, we did not.

Thank lindri
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Reviewed 21 July 2014

If you enjoy ruins, history and the open countryside air this is a must see. The site is very well done. The mosaics are incredible. You can really use your imagination as they depict what life was like. The historical context of the original village versus the roman occupation is interesting. The idea that the romans had to demolish the the first wall they built in order to build a new stronger wall showed the pressure they were under to protect themselves. The new wall made the village that much smaller and easier to defend and they still abandoned the site many many years ago. A great piece of history. When you come from such a young country and Canada it is very eye opening to realize how old the world really is from a people perspective. Take the trip, good value.

Thank Phoebe W
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Reviewed 6 July 2014

During a recent trip to Portugal, we spent 3 days in Coimbra and drove to this museum/archeological site in about 20 minutes. It was a highlight of our trip. The place was not crowded and we were able to take all the time we wanted to explore the ruins. The mosaic tiles were gorgeous. The place is just amazing - so much is intact and you get so close to the ruins. There is a small inside museum and a pleasant café with great views and a decent lunch. If you are at all interested in history, this place is a must!

Thank Barbara F
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Reviewed 27 June 2014

We had visited Coimbra a couple of weeks previously and only stopped here by accident on our return, not giving enough time. Apparently there is evidence of habitation across a wide area and it would have been terrific to explore more than the area designated by the museum. Having said that, we were impressed by the mosaics, reconstructed temple etc all enhanced by the physical site. The museum had lots of pieces but was not particularly well presented.
Take a picnic and enjoy this place.

Thank Gulliva
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