Students in our A1+/A2 Summer Intensive Course have been writing recommendations of places to visit in and around Coimbra. To get us started, here’s a lovely suggestion from Rita…
I’m going to tell you about Gois. It’s a village in the district of Coimbra, about 40 km from the city.
A few years ago I worked there during the winter. I found it very cold and it snowed a lot.
Then, I returned there one day during the summer and I was delighted by the natural beauty and the quality of the clear water at the river beach.
August is a great month to visit Gois because there is a meeting of bikers which attracts motorcyclists from all over Portugal and abroad. There are also concerts and you can try extreme sports like climbing and abseiling, as well as more traditional sports like fishing. If you want to stay, you can go camping (you’ll need to take a tent, a sleeping bag and a torch!).
Nearby, there are schist villages in the highest points of the mountains. The landscape is beautiful and you might even see animals like deer and boar if you are lucky. You might also meet an Englishman who bought a house in one of the villages and loves living there.
You really should visit Gois, and if you do, you need to take a camera and a pair of walking boots. You should also try some of the typical local foods such as the olive oil, honey and chestnuts.
If you like peace and quiet and nature, spend a delightful summer’s day in Gois.