Porto to Lisbon via Coimbra

We said goodbye to AMAVIDA this morning. Many of the crew were on top deck to wave us off. Lovely people, lovely ship, lovely week. The holiday continues … on route to Lisbon we stop in the city of Coimbra, home to one of the world’s oldest universities. We visit the university campus to enjoy views over the town and river below. Students in their typical black robes are keen to chat with us. We hear about the subjects they are studying and we buy their fun postcards which they sell to raise a few euros for their college fund.

Free time for lunch is enjoyed in the downtown pedestrianised streets. There are numerous pastry shops and cafes, and the most enormous meringues for sale!

Onward to Lisbon and our destination, the Sofitel Hotel. The staff are ready and waiting, and we settle in quickly before enjoying a well-presented buffet dinner in a private dining room.