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Town of Luso

Luso is a small thermal town, located on the hillside of the famous Buçaco forest in Portugual’s central region, best known for its water. Bottled Luso mineral water (Água de Luso) is consumed daily across Portugal. This water, which flows freely from fountains and springs in the town and that is renowned for its healing properties, attracts visitors to the thermal baths.

Nearby attractions

Located approximately 230 km north of Lisbon and 100 km south of Porto), Luso is close to several cultural attractions, namely the University of Coimbra, whose Old Campus was classified by UNESCO as a World Heritage Site. The course’s social programme includes a half-day visit to this campus, as well as lunch at the Buçaco forest (Portuguese: Mata Nacional do Buçaco), a historical, walled arboretum. At the end of the 19th century, an extravagant neo-Manueline palace was built in this forest as a haven for the Portuguese royal family. After the Lisbon Regicide and subsequent coup d'état, the palace was converted to a luxury hotel, the Buçaco Palace Hotel. Another nearby attraction are the Roman Ruins of Conímbriga. This archaeological site is one of the largest Roman settlements excavated in Portugal. The Sanctuary of Our Lady of Fátima (Portuguese: Santuário de Nossa Senhora de Fátima) is located 110 km south of Luso and can be reached in approximately 1 hour by car.

University of Coimbra
 

The Buçaco forest


The Roman Ruins of Conímbriga


The Sanctuary of Our Lady of Fátima

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