Portugal: Tomar & Coimbra
Lunch in Tomar was bucolic, the city though, surprisingly pretty. Founded as headquarters of the Knights Templar in the 12th century, Tomar is home to some of the most significant monuments in Europe. The best example is the The Convent of Christ of Tomar– part of Unesco’s World Heritage since 1983.
Capital of Portugal during the First Dinasty, Coimbra was another pleasant surprise. Although a bit too hilly for me, the university town is really, really beautiful. Founded in 1290, Coimbra’s University is one of the oldest in Europe and famous for its monumental architecture and vibrant cultural life.