The UC, which closed to tourists between 10 March and 21 May due to the pandemic, registered 5,918 visitors in July when in the same month in 2019 some 55,288 tourists were registered, the university said.

Despite this drop, the University of Coimbra registered a “very positive evolution” in the number of visitors between June and July, with a growth of more than 300 percent, going from 1,842 to 5,918 tourists.

In June and July, the majority of tourists were Portuguese (39.96 percent), followed by Spanish (14.92 percent) and French (14.5 percent) informed the University of Coimbra.

In previous years, the University of Coimbra registered more foreign tourists than Portuguese.

At the end of July, the Lusa agency had reported that the University of Coimbra, in its budget projection for 2021, predicted a 50 percent drop in tourism revenues, compared to the amounts collected in 2019, due to the impact of the pandemic.