Choupal National Forest, Coimbra

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Choupal National Forest (Portuguese: Mata Nacional do Choupal) is a national forest in Coimbra, Portugal. It is a short distance from the city downtown and runs alongside the Mondego River. The forest has trails for jogging, walking, cycling and horse-riding.
This grove of poplar trees (choupos, whence choupal "poplar grove"), was planted in an attempt to stop the floods of the Mondego river. In 1791, the engineer and Padre (Father, priest) Estêvão Cabral directed a big project that was meant to decrease the levels of silt in the river. The trees of Choupal were therefore planted to allow a better settling of the riverbed. Since the 19th century many other trees, including planes (sycamores), beeches, laurels, and eucalyptus have grown in the area. Today the forest is a popular place for recreation, exercise and picnics.

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  • A nice small forest, of mixed trees, old and young, with decent birdlife. This should be commonplace, instead of the horrible endless young eucalyptus plantations that destroy biodiversity and are a.....  more »
  • Try during the Week & not WeekEnds ! Avoid the crowds, enjoy the peace ! Relax, Rejuvenate ! Health Body & Mind  more »
  • I ran out of things to visit by the second day so decided to walk to Choupal National Forest from the city centre. The place was not easy to find following the instructions on Google Maps. Eventually, I realised that I had to enter the train station and cross the tracks to get to the other side of the road, pass the large traffic circle to head into the park. Once there, I was able to relax a bit and just enjoy the forest. Not sure if they do park runs but this would seem like a prime location for that.
  • Great place to enjoy nature right outside the city

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