Jardim Botânico (Coimbra)
Gardens in Coimbra
Established in 1772 to serve the medical and natural history faculties, the Botanic Garden at the University of Coimbra was utilized by the esteemed botanist Avelar Brotero during the early 19th century. Brotero not only founded several publications based on his discoveries within the gardens, but also established the university’s school for botanical studies.
Encompassing an impressive 13 hectares of land, the garden boasts a variety of trees planted during Brotero’s time, including the Japanese sugi pine and the coral tree, located on the Quadrado Central at the top of the hill. Further down the valley, there is a bamboo plantation and forest housing a total of 51 eucalyptus species.
While exploring the garden, visitors may also come across brown squirrels, introduced to the park with the arrival of six couples in 1994.
Visiting Jardim Botânico (Coimbra)
9am-8pm Apr-Sep, 9am-5.30pm Oct-Mar