Travelling back south, we stopped in the historic city of Coimbra, home to Portugal's most prestigious
university. We visited Portugal dos Pequinitos, a miniature village showcasing cultural and architectural
styles from around Portugal and the former colonies.
The second capital of Portugal, a title held for 117 years, Coimbra is a city rich in the roots of nationhood.
It is the birthplace of six kings, and home to the country's most prestigious university; one of Europe's
oldest. Some of the city's most cherished residents were St Isabel, the charitable Queen, and Inês de Castro,
mistress of Pedro I, heir to the throne, who was murdered by order of the king. When Pedro took the throne,
he had the killers' hearts torn out in revenge.