Coimbra, Roman Ruins At Conimbriga, & Buçaco

Program Overview
Country: Portugal

The Roman Ruins of Conimbriga, situated on a triangular spur bordered by two deep and narrow valleys, are among the finest in the Iberian Peninsula. A Celtic city in the Iron Age. The present ruins, however, are those of a Roman town situated on either side of an important road which connected Lisbon and Braga; it was founded in the first century and remained prosperous over a long period. Buçaco National Park is the country’s most revered woodland and the site of Napoleon’s first significant defeat during the Peninsular War. Over 700 species of trees, many of them introduced from other countries, flourish through the forest. The royal palace stands in the heart of the forest, now a hotel and summer retreat for royalty.