A Lonely Planet Editor's Guide to Portugal's Medieval Capital, Coimbra

There are countless reasons to visit Portugal. Between the creative capital of Lisbon, the wine country in Porto, and pink-sand beaches in the south, it's difficult to choose just one destination. And we're about to put another gem on your radar: Coimbra, Portugal. To learn more about this lesser-known beauty, we tapped Tom Stainer, Lonely Planet's Iberian Peninsula and Turkey destination editor. "Coimbra as the medieval capital of Portugal for over a hundred years. Like many places in Portugal, it's perfect for lovers of history and architecture, but the city has a modern side, too," he says. Get his insider tips and find out all the best places to visit in and around Coimbra.