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Hotel Quinta das Lagrimas.

Hotel Quinta das Lagrimas - Coimbra - Portugal

Hotel Quinta Lagrimas is an oasis of peace and tranquility near the centre of Coimbra in Central Portugal

Previously a beautiful Manor House, Quinta das Lagrimas (which translates to Estate of Tears) has 20 acres of gardens with rare and exotic species of trees and form a botanic museum, which protects guests from the outside world.
Hotel Quinta das Lagrimas - Coimbra - Portugal

There is a past rich in history and a medieval legend of love. It was here, in the 14th century, that the forbidden love of Prince D. Pedro and Ines de Castro was dramatically played out.
According to the legend, it was in Quinta das Lagrimas that Ines de Castro cried for the last time, while being killed with the daggers of the three noblemen who had been ordered to kill her, by D. Afonso IV, King of Portugal.

It is said that her blood still stains the stones of the spring which sprang from her tears.

This story of the love of Pedro and Ines, which has survived through the centuries, is remembered in the works of authors such as Camoes, Victor Hugo and Ezra Pound.

Of course, it is still remembered today when staying at Quinta das Lagrimas.
Hotel Quinta das Lagrimas - Coimbra - Portugal

The Quinta is located in Coimbra, half-way between Lisbon and Oporto, near Santa Clara-a-Velha Convent. The Lisbon to Porto motorway is 4 kilometers away.
The environment, atmosphere and the service all recreate the romance of past centuries but at the same time, the Quinta das Lagrimas has all the modern comforts expected of a first class hotel.

The individually decorated spacious public rooms have direct access to the garden and remind the guests of the previous use of the property as a palace.

There are 28 twin bedrooms, 21 double bedrooms and 5 suites which are all decorated and furnished in period style. Modern facilities include air-conditioning, Satellite television, direct dial telephone, safe and a mini bar.  There are also rooms for non smokers and disabled persons.
Hotel Quinta das Lagrimas - Coimbra - Portugal

All the bedrooms have a bathroom en-suite with bathrobes and hair dryer.

For recreation the Hotel features the Bamboo Garden Spa which has indoor pool, treatment rooms (massages, aromatherapies, etc).  The massages can be experienced in the garden or, in the privacy of the guestrooms.

Other facilities include sauna, outdoor and indoor pool, turkish bath, fitness room, snooker, television room,  gift shop, conference rooms, botanical gardens and private car park.
At the Hotel there is also a golf academy led by PGA professionals and equipped with 9-hole Pitch and Putt course, driving-range, putting green and chipping green, indoor training room and Club-House.

The sitting rooms, balconies and the hotel library are both striking and intimate, providing the perfect atmosphere for reading and conversation.
Hotel Quinta das Lagrimas - Coimbra - Portugal

Over the years many famous people have come seeking the memories of Pedro and Ines.  Among them the Duke of Wellington, who spent some time here during the Napoleonic invasions, the Emperor of Brazil and the Kings D. Miguel I and D. Carlos of Portugal.

The University city of Coimbra,  with its many artistic treasures, is within walking distance on the other side of the river.
Coimbra is one of the former capitals of Portugal. Together with Lisbon, the city keeps alive  'Fado' a uniquely Portuguese form of singing.
Hotel Quinta das Lagrimas - Coimbra - Portugal

This tradition is based on the University which is one of the oldest in the world.

The cuisine of the restaurant at "Quinta das Lagrimas" is inspired by the manor's old recipes, and the chef aims to create imaginative and tasty dishes for the guests.

He is able to transform the fresh ingredients of the region into masterpieces of Portuguese gastronomy.

To compliment this, there is a wine cellar with more than 200 of the best wines from the Portuguese vineyards. The real connoisseurs has some very rare bottles to sample.

A stay at Quinta das Lagrimas is an opportunity to enjoy the art de vivre, a combination of refinement and geniality.


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