The Roman Ruins of Conímbriga, Portugal

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Following in the footsteps of history 

Gary and I had read that the ancient Roman settlement of Conímbriga, was one of the largest excavated in Portugal. However, I really didn’t imagine how large it was going to be.

The Roman settlement of Conímbriga, Portugal

Roman settlement of Conímbriga

We were heading onto Porto via a scenic drive after visiting the Roman ruins. So, I said to Gary, oh we won’t be there long perhaps 45 minutes an hour tops.

Well, 90 minutes later we were heading out and actually could have stayed longer.

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At your own pace

The size of the area that the ruins covered was amazing, well I suppose it was a settlement after all.

What I found so impressive was, other than a few key protected areas you were allowed stroll in and around the ancient remains.  

The ruins of  Conímbriga, Portugal

The ruins of Conímbriga

The Romans arrived in this area around 139 BC, although it was during the reign of Emperor Augustus, that the grander structures were built.

You can see from the palatial interior gardens within Repuxos House, that the Conímbriga settlement was quite significant in its day.

Interior water gardens, Conímbriga, Portugal

Interior water gardens

There were some incredible mosaics inlaid on the floor, considering what would have been available at the time, the patterns and colours were fantastic.

Mosaic around the water garden, Conímbriga, Portugal

Mosaic around the water garden


Detailed mosaic, Conímbriga, Portugal

Detailed mosaic

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Ancient Ruins

We wander around further in the glorious spring sunshine, passing by an ancient underground network of tunnels and lanes. It’s hard to believe how old these structures are.  

Underground network, Conímbriga, Portugal

The underground network of Conímbriga

There is very little remaining of the Roman forum, but the scale of the area conjures up opulent grandeur. Some pillars have been reconstructed to portray its enormity.  

The Forum, Conímbriga, Portugal

The Forum, Conímbriga

Tempted to?

Discover more of historic Portugal and tour its picturesque countryside around the Douro Valley or even head south to the Algarve coastline. You can do it all on a road trip, SIXT car hire cover all budgets and allow you to pick up and drop off at different destinations.

Prosperous city

Remains of thermal baths are dotted around the city, and with the thousands of Romans that would have lived here in its heyday, they would have been busy.

Thermal Baths, Conímbriga, Portugal

The Thermal Baths

Along with the huge forum and the thermal baths in Conímbriga, there is no doubt that this was once a thriving city. With an aqueduct built to feed the settlement and also an amphitheatre to keep the locals entertained. 

The aqueduct, Conímbriga, Portugal

The aqueduct

When we visited Conímbriga in 2018, the entrance fee was €4.50, which I think was fantastic value when you appreciate the centuries of history, you’re rubbing shoulders with.

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Janis

Janis, the co-founder of Our World for You, was born in London and raised in Kent and the Isle of Wight. Along with Gary her partner, they have been travelling part time since 1995. In 2016, they decided that enough was enough with the 9 to 5, so armed with the knowledge and experience that they had gained on their adventures, that they wanted to inspire others to travel the world near and far.

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