Marinha Grande

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.

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Hotel Mar e Sol & Spa
Hotel Mar e Sol & Spa

3 star

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…

Hotel Estrela do Mar
Hotel Estrela do Mar

2 star

Simple, welcoming Hotel situated on the seafront, with 24 rooms available, all equipped with TV, direct telephone and air conditioning. Family atmosphere and m…

Cristal Vieira Praia & Spa
Cristal Vieira Praia & Spa

3 star

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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