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
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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 …
Convento de Santo Agostinho e antigo Seminário
Monument whose construction was ordered by the bishop D. Gaspar do Casal in 1557, 12 years after Leiria became a city. During the early XX century, the Convent and the Santo Agostinho church were used as a military lodging. The …
Igreja de Nossa Senhora da Pena
The Nossa Senhora da Penha Church is on the right side of the Terreiro de Alcáçova. Rebuilt in reign of king João I, the chapel and the portal present a gothic style and the arch that connects the choir and …
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 …
Capela de São Pedro
It is the only vestige of the Romanic architecture in Leiria. It was profoundly remodelled in the XVII and XVIII centuries; it was profaned in the XIX century and used as a barn and theatre until 1880. It was rebuilt …
Where to eat in Leiria
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