Leiria is taken back to the middle ages in the month of July.
For several days, the city completely transforms into a medieval village from back when kings and queens ruled over Portugal in a huge historical celebration with a different theme, year after year, focussing on key moments that left their mark on the history of Leiria.
Kings and queens, noble folk, merchants, commoners, artisans, mystics and craftspeople bring the medieval era back to life in Leiria old town, a stage that dates back to days long gone.
The festival takes visitors back to a time in which Leiria played a key role in creating the country that is now Portugal, with entertainment, performances, music and entertainment aplenty.
Aiming to strengthen the cultural identity of the county, Leiria Medieval Fair is filled with activities for the whole family and for all ages, including local food stalls and those selling traditional arts and crafts.
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Due to restrictions faced as a result of the COVID-19 pandemic, Leiria Medieval Fair saw quite a few changes in 2020, with a cultural initiative held instead, providing financial support to the professionals who usually take part in the event.
As part of the new initiative, several associations and groups travelled around the municipality, providing all its residents with a range of concerts, performances and entertainment.
2014: Em tempos d’El Rey D. Dinis (In the Days of King Denis)
2015: Isabel, Raynha Santa (Elizabeth, Holy Queen)
2016: 1385 – D. João I, Rei dos Portugueses (King John I, King of the Portuguese)
2017: Infante D. Duarte, Herdeiro da Coroa (Prince Duarte, Heir to the Crown)
2018: 1401 – Aqui nasceu a Casa de Bragança (Birthplace of the House of Bragança)
2019: 1411 – Memories of the Paper Mill
2020: Leiria Medieval Fair – Leiria 1437