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LEIRIA TOURISM GUIDE

A modern city overlooked by an ancient castle


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Leiria square with views to the castle Leiria is a growing modern city on the banks of the Liz River.
With a hilltop castle, an inviting old quarter, and good transportation links, it is a good place to stay for those who also want to explore Nazaré, Fátima, or the abbeys of Batalha and Alcobaça.

The imposing castle can be seen from any point in town. In the 14th century it served as a summer royal palace for King Dinis and his queen, and included a Gothic church now in ruins. Parts of the interior are frequently used for exhibitions, and from the Gothic arches of an elegant arched balcony there's a magnificent view of the city and its surroundings.

Inside Leiria Castle In the old town, easily reached on foot from the castle, there are some attractive 16th and 17th century buildings, and a plain Renaissance church that is the city's 16th century cathedral with an elegant vaulted nave inside.
A good place to rest is Rodrigues Lobo Square with some fine arcaded buildings and shops.

Leiria cathedral The narrow streets from the nearby Candido dos Reis Square offer more shops and restaurants, where visitors can try some of the local specialties such as the bolo de pinhão, a cake made with pine nuts. This square and its concentration of bars is also the place to go at night for those using Leira as a base to visit the famous sights nearby.

West of the city is one of the oldest state forests in the world, dating from 1300 when King Dinis began the systematic planting of pines that were later used to build the caravels during the Age of Discovery. Today it is popular among locals as a picnic and camping site.

Express buses from Lisbon make the 2-hour run to Leiria, and there are also connections to Coimbra and Fatima.

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Places Nearby

Alcobaça - Europe's greatest Cistercian temple
Batalha - European Gothic masterpiece; spectacular underground caves
Fatima - Famous shrine of the Catholic world
Nazare - Colorful, traditional fishing village
Obidos - The wedding present town; Portugal's prettiest medieval village
Peniche - A dream-like nature preserve with underwater activities; fine sandy beaches



CITIES, TOWNS AND VILLAGES IN PORTUGAL
AROUND LISBON
AND TAGUS VALLEY
Alcobaça
Arrábida
Azeitão
Batalha
Cascais
Ericeira
Estoril
Fatima
Leiria
Mafra
Nazaré
Obidos
Palmela
Peniche
Queluz
Santarém
Sesimbra
Setubal
Sintra
Tomar
ALENTEJO
Beja
Castelo de Vide
Elvas
Estremoz
Evora
Marvão
Mértola
Monsaraz
Vila Viçosa

ALGARVE
Albufeira
Faro
Lagos
Sagres
Silves
Tavira
Vila Real de Santo António
Vilamoura
BEIRAS (CENTRAL PORTUGAL)
Aveiro
Belmonte
Buçaco
Coimbra
Conimbriga
Figueira da Foz
Guarda
Monsanto
Piodão
Serra da Estrela
Viseu

PORTO AND DOURO
Amarante
Lamego
Porto
MINHO
Barcelos
Braga
Gerês National Park
Guimarães
Ponte de Lima
Ponte da Barca
Viana do Castelo

TRAS-OS-MONTES
Bragança
Chaves
Vila Real

THE ISLANDS
Azores
Madeira