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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Mata Nacional de Leiria

Marinha Grande

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.

Ciclovia da Praia da Vieira

Marinha Grande

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 ...

Museu Joaquim Correia

Marinha Grande

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.

Farol do Penedo da Saudade

Marinha Grande

Coastal lighthouse, modern architecture, which features quadrangular Tower. The lighting system is rotating directional Crystal optics.

Casa Museu Afonso Lopes Vieira

Marinha Grande

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.

Praia das Pedras Negras

Marinha Grande

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 da Vieira

Marinha Grande

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 de São Pedro de Moel

Marinha Grande

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 ...

Praia Velha

Marinha Grande

A beach with a wide stretch of sand, surrounded by lovely vegetation covred dunes. There is a typical restaurant that serves varied dishes.

Hotel Mar e Sol & Spa

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 other services.

Estrela do Mar

Marinha Grande

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.

Parque de Campismo de São Pedro de Moel (Orbitur)

Marinha Grande

The campsite of São Pedro de Moel benefits from the proximity of beaches and the sea. Has all the conditions and facilities, such as bungalows, in order to offer accommodation according to your needs. Ideal as a starting point to ...

Museu do Vidro

Marinha Grande

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 ...

Cristal Praia Resort & Spa

Marinha Grande

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 ...

Mariparque

Marinha Grande

An aquapark with several pools, wtaer tubes, a playground and diversions for the children.

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