Leiria's castle is one of the biggest local tourist attractions. A towering monument that was rebuild by D. Afonso Henriques' order and is, nowadays, the place where many tourists enjoy the views over the city. It was Afonso III that brought the Cortes together in Leiria and commanded the plantation of Mata Nacional de Leiria (Leiria National Forest), which D. Dinis later developed and territorially organized. The secular pine forest has some inviting cycling paths. However, the footpaths are also very used in order to discover this natural heritage. Leiria is located in Beira Litoral and Lis is its most important river. The local cuisine features the morcela de arroz (black pudding rice) as one of the most typical dishes. As for the regional sweets, the Brisas do Lis (typical sweets made with eggs and almonds) and the lampreia de ovos (eel-shaped egg sweets) make the peoples' mouths water. The Feira Anual de Leiria, every year in may, brings great animation and thousands of curious visitors to the city. Pedrogão beach is the largest one in this region, having a long and pleasant sand extension. If you wish to make more tours in nature, then you should also visit Lagoa da Ervideira (lagoon) and Mata Municipal de Marrazes (natural forest). There are many classified monuments that are part of the local heritage, like the Igreja da Misericórdia, the Santuário de Nossa Senhora da Encarnação, the Cathedral and the convent of Santo Agostinho. Even in this area it is possible to make use of the Termas de Monte Real (thermal baths and spa), very known for their rich medicinal waters. The Museu da Imagem em Movimento (Museum of the Image in Movement) and the Museu da Fábrica de Cimentos Maceira-Lis (Maceira-Lis Cement Factory Museum) are also open to visits. The latter shows the factory and the history of Portugal's industry. Nearby you can see the first factory's steam locomotive and windmill.
What to do in Leiria
Sé de Leiria
This construction began in the XVI century, and finished only in the XVII century. The baroque style front was rebuilt after the 1755 earthquake. Inside is worthy of notice the golden wood carving in the main-altar, with notable elegance and sobriety.
Castelo de Leiria
Most of the remains of the castle go back to the reconstruction made by the King João I. On top of the mound is the superb donjorl.
Passeio do Rio Lis
The Lis River embraces the city that expands up to the hillock where you’ll find the splendorous Leiria Castle, at 113m of altitude. The shore of the river is a resting and walking place seeked on sunny days. Starting from Luis de Camões garden, where you find the Tourism Post, and following the course of the Lis River, which determined …
Estádio Municipal Doutor Magalhães Pessoa
This is one of the stages of the Euro 2004 which was not built from scratch, having undergone refurbishment. Thus, the capacity of the stadium was of 11 thousand places to 23 thousand seats in three new covered grandstands, lying beneath these, support infrastructure. Designed by the architect Tomás Taveira, the stadium features an undulating roof that allows you to …
Parque Municipal de Leiria
It includes the Leiria tennis club, the basketball and handball fields, a playground and small lakes. The Municipal Park has a restaurant and a cafe, as well as tables and benches for those who enjoy picnics.
Capela de Nossa Senhora da Encarnação
The Nossa Senhora da Encarnação Sanctuary is a pilgrims’ spot where a lot of people come hopping for a miracle.
Praia de Pedrógão
A beach located in the centre of town, it exists since 1835. An old fishing beach, whose name comes from its rocks. It has a beach library. It has several restaurants that serv typical dishes.
Termas de Monte Real
Inserted in the tourist complex of Termas de Monte Real and betting on maintenance and diversification of thermal therapy treatments available, the baths have new thermal services and a reinforced team of clinical professionals and therapists. The space was completely …
Casa Museu - Centro Cultural João Soares
In a building donated by the Soares family run Casa-Museu da Fundação Mário Soares e o Centro Cultural João Soares. In addition to the permanent exhibition entitled "XX Portuguese Century: Paths of Democracy - João Soares / Mário Soares," there …
Igreja e Convento de São Francisco
Built in the XIV century, the church was dedicated only in 1562. The changes it suffered through times are visible at the Renaissance and baroque details in the lateral chapels. It was to be demolished in the XX century but …
Jardim Luís de Camões
The largest green space in town. There is a terrace and a restaurant. Nearby, one may walk along the Lis river's banks, connected by pedestrian bridges. If the weather's fine, one may have a picnic as there are several tables.
Praça Rodrigues Lobo
This is the heart of the city, filled with beautiful buildings, stores and several esplanades placed under the cinquentist arcades. Here you can sometimes find street animation and open air activities.
Where to eat in Leiria
A well famed restaurant in the region. It has regional dishes and a personalized service. The guest…
Portuguese, Regional, Vegetarian
It opened recently also as a rural hotel, in the agricultural facilities of an old farm. Crossed by…
Puttanesca restaurant is an exquisite space with a decoration combining the rustic with the modern,…
In a refined and cosy at the same time, the Chief Paulo Monteiro invites you to choose between thei…
Where to sleep in Leiria
The turquoise and white are the dominant colors in the decoration of the rooms of this four-star unit, which invites you to dream and to rest. The rooms, as we…
No coração da cidade, a poucos minutos do centro histórico e da Catedral, este é um hotel perfeito para conhecer a toda esta região do centro do País. Aproveit…
Located in the extreme northwest of the District of Leiria, Pedrógão Grande County is inserted in the area of the Northern pine forest, considered th…
Caldas da Rainha
This is one of the urban centers of Oeste region that met one of the greatest developments in recent decades, logging more than 50 thousand inhabitan…
Ansião is a small village in the district of Leiria with about 2500 inhabitants and it is the seat of a municipality that, with around 14,000 people …
Figueiró dos Vinhos
Situated in the central part of the country, in the north of Leiria district, the municipality of Figueiró dos Vinhos is located in a transition area…