Discover the students’ city in a different way! CoolaBoola offers a unique experience on a classic car tour of Coimbra. Aboard a comfortable 1931 Ford Model A, travel through the landmarks of the song “April in Portugal”, the most sung and performed Portuguese song in the world!
Originally titled “Coimbra”, the song has melody by Raul Ferrão and lyrics by José Galhardo. This song was made public in 1947 in the voice of Alberto Ribeiro, in the film “Black Covers” (“Capas Negras”). Three years later, performed by Amália Rodrigues, the song “Coimbra” became popular throughout the world by her voice. It was from then on that the song became known around the world as Avril au Portugal and April in Portugal.
Nowadays, “Coimbra” has almost a thousand different versions recorded by renowned international interpreters. Some names are Alberto Ribeiro, Amália Rodrigues, Bing Crosby, Caetano Veloso, Chavela Vargas, Julio Iglesias, Liberace, Louis Armstrong, Pérez Prado, Xavier Cugat and Yvette Giraud.
Highlights along the tour
– Santa Clara Bridge (Ponte de Santa Clara);
– Coimbra bridge weir (Açude-ponte de Coimbra);
– National Forest of Choupal (Mata Nacional do Choupal);
– Convent of San Francisco (Convento de São Francisco);
– Portugal of the Little Ones (Portugal dos Pequenitos);
– Quinta das Lágrimas (15 minutes stop);
– Monastery of Santa Clara-the-old-one (Mosteiro de Santa Clara-a-Velha);
– Toll Square (Largo da Portagem);
– Coola Boola Colab.
Cautions to have
We suggest that you dress up, as you will have a lot of people watching you when you pass! Also because, if the car doesn’t start, you’ll have to give it a push and you’ll be the center of attention. 😆
Don’t forget to bring your camera!!! You will have the chance to take photos from incredible angles of the city! 😉
Furthermore, it is absolutely essential that you follow the security rules specified in the pre-booking form below. Therefore, we ask that you follow exactly what the driver says.
Measures against COVID-19
For your protection, wearing a mask is mandatory for all passengers on board and everyone must bring their own mask. In addition, there will be alcohol gel available inside the vehicle.