Situated on the coast of the central region of Portugal, in Leiria district, the municipality of Marinha Grande has a landscape marked by the trilogy pine forest, stream and ocean. Two-thirds of its territory is covered by Rei pine forest, also known as the pinhal de Leiria or Mata de Leiria. D. Dinis ordered its plantation and it is now considered the largest pinus pinaster massif of the country. The pine forest has grown, was explored and organized for over 700 years, being the main source of natural resources. It triggered the arising of most of the settlements that exist today in its vicinity. The abundance of raw materials and fuel contributed to the emergence of industries linked to the sawmill, to the extraction and transformation of resin products, and to the glass production. The installation of the Real Fábrica de Vidro da Marinha Grande (Royal Glass Factory of Marinha Grande), in 1974, was the great development force of the municipality. Marinha Grande is currently considered the city of the Glass. Apart from the Pinhal de Leiria, there are also other rich natural landscapes extending to the coastal area, with long sandy beaches, much sought after in the bathing season. Gastronomy and regional sweets are available for tasting in the various restaurants. The licor de leite (milk liquor), bolo de pinhão (pinion cookies) and enfiadas de pinhão are some of the local delicacies.
What to do in Marinha Grande
Mata Nacional de Leiria
The National Woods of Leiria or Leiria Pinewoods is one of the larges forests in Portugal, whose plantation was ordered by Dom Afonso III and later developed by Dom Dinis.
Museu Joaquim Correia
This museum, located in the old Barosas Palace, is composed of works donated by Joaquim Correia, professor and sculptor, to the Marinha Grande Town Hall. Joaquim Correia was one of the greatest artists in the parish.
An aquapark with several pools, wtaer tubes, a playground and diversions for the children.
Estrela do Mar
A restaurant/shellfish house with a wide menu, namely of fish and shellfish dishes. It also serves snack-bar mels, namely "francesinhas". Quite a pleasant terrace with sea views. It belongs to the Quinta do Falca Hotel.
Cristal Praia Resort & Spa
Hotel located opposite the beautiful praia da Vieira, bordered by leafy Pinhal de Leiria, is a great choice for a vacation or business stay. It offers fully equipped rooms with sea views, a panoramic restaurant, various conference rooms with capacity …
Hotel Mar e Sol & Spa
Space located at the seaside, in a quiet area, which has undergone a makeover recently. Features 63 modern and well-equipped rooms, restaurant and bar, among other services.
Ciclovia da Praia da Vieira
The most extensive of all the bike lanes of Marinha Grande traverses the Atlantic road. Beginning in the urban center of s. Pedro de Moel, heading towards the North, passing by the Lighthouse of St. Peter (Penedo da Saudade), Praia …
Praia da Vieira
An urban, quite touristy beach, known for its typical "xávega art" boats. There are tents for rental and conditions for playing soccer and volleyball. Restaurants for every taste that specialize in fish and shellfish dishes. There are shops and lively …
Praia das Pedras Negras
A beach with a wide stretch of sand, sided by many dunes and by pine woods. There is a small bar where one can have some tidbits or a light meal.
Praia de São Pedro de Moel
A beach between carved cliffs. One of the most picturesque small towns on the shoreline, excellently located by the Leiria pine woods. It is a town with cobblestone streets where one will find old and newer houses and manors.There are …
A beach with a wide stretch of sand, surrounded by lovely vegetation covred dunes. There is a typical restaurant that serves varied dishes.
Casa Museu Afonso Lopes Vieira
Architecture according to the typology of the "Portuguese House". Has azulejares records depicting the work of the poet and a chapel decorated with elements of the sea.
Farol do Penedo da Saudade
Coastal lighthouse, modern architecture, which features quadrangular Tower. The lighting system is rotating directional Crystal optics.
Museu do Vidro
The Museu do Vidro (Glass Museum) was created in 1954 even though it only opened in 1998. Located in the Stephens Palace, a neoclassic building of the second half of the 18th century, it has a space that houses a …
Where to eat in Marinha Grande
A restaurant/shellfish house with a wide menu, namely of fish and shellfish dishes. It also serves …
A restaurant with a fine service that features Italian specialities: pizzas and pastas.
This restaurant in Marinha Grande specializes in pork brochettes and lamb in the house's fashion.
Portuguese, Seafood restaurant
A large space that has the "francesinha in the Oporto fashion" as one of its specialities.
Mediterranean, Regional, Seafood restaurant
A restaurant with several specialities, namely "ensopados": eel and lamb "ensopados".
A space with a fine service that serves traditional Italian dishes.
Where to sleep in Marinha Grande
Space located at the seaside, in a quiet area, which has undergone a makeover recently. Features 63 modern and well-equipped rooms, restaurant and bar, among o…
Simple, welcoming Hotel situated on the seafront, with 24 rooms available, all equipped with TV, direct telephone and air conditioning. Family atmosphere and m…
Located in first-line of beach, right in front of the famous Praia da Vieira, this hotel offers 97 well-equipped rooms with views of the ocean. It also has var…
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