The river which saw the creation of the city of Coimbra was always an important part of its inhabitants’ lives. The beauty of its banks has inspired many generations of students and poets, the fury of the waters, refreshing the fertile meadows of the valley or flooding even the most important monuments, leaves no one unaffected.Located on the right bank of the Mondego, with an area of approximately 400.000 m2, the park has a large outdoor café area, built upon a wooden platform above the river. The green area has four kilometres of pedestrian walkways and bicycle paths which cross bars, restaurants, a playground, temporary exhibit spaces and the Central Portugal Pavilion, designed by Souto Moura and Álvaro Siza Vieira.
On the left bank of the river, a sandbox was built which enables playing beach volley, a basic level skate park, several children amusement equipment, a picnic area and four pavilions for water activities. Here there are plenty of opportunities to try a pneumatic boat, canoe, pedalo or even a barca serrana ride. Barca serrana is a traditional boat which used to carry clothing from washerwomen along the Mondego River.
Peter and Inês Bridge
Designed by engineers Cecil Balmond and Adão da Fonseca, the Peter and Inês Pedestrian Bridge is an asymmetric structure 275 meters wide which stands 10 meters above the water and unites the left and right banks of the Mondego River. Considered an architecture and technic innovation icon, this pedestrian bridge has a wooden walkway with glass guard rails in four different colours: yellow, blue, green and pink. At the centre of the bridge there’s an original square eight meters wide which invites you to a moment of rest and meditation.