Welcome to Leiria!
Here are some suggestions so you can make the most of your time with us.
Day 1: Visit our museums
Day 2: Leave the city and breathe in nature
Day 3: Put on some sneakers and embrace this challenge
To this day, Leiria’s Castle remains a monumental landmark of the city’s history.
Inside its imposing walls, it keeps evidence of different stages of its occupancy, from military fortress to royal palace.
Ever since humans first reached the Iberian Peninsula, when tools were made of stone, man has been marvelled by this breath-taking landscape between mountain and sea.
m|i|mo – museum of the moving image, was awarded an honourable mention in the category of Best Portuguese Museum in 2011, by the Associação Nacional de Museologia (Portuguese Association of Museology). Established during the 100th anniversary of Portuguese Cinema (1996), the museum offers a space to talk about Art, Science and Technique.
It presents exhibitions and promotes many fun and creative activities connected to cinema and photography.
Leiria Museum is an open window facing the memory of a land inhabited for a long time that, at the beginning of the 21st century, reveals a new look at a complex reality. This institution has received several awards, such as Best Museography Work in the Portuguese National Museology Awards in 2016, an honourable mention in the Best Museum category and an honourable mention in the Physical Accessibility category from Acesso Cultura association.
This museum, located in a building restored by the renowned architect Siza Vieira, is an ex-libris of the history Leiria´s industry. 1411 marks the beginning of the history of Leiria’s Paper Mill, one of the first of the Iberian Peninsula, at a time in which the milling industry was essential for economic development.
In the quiet banks of the river Lis, the Mill stands out thanks to the structures of the old waterwheels present in the building and to the watermills that exalt the image of a traditional industry from years gone by.
Known for its hot springs, Monte Real is a charming town where nature meets heritage. When visiting Monte Real, be sure not to miss the ruins of the royal palace, said to have been ordered by Queen Saint Elizabeth of Portugal, where you can enjoy a lovely view over the Lis valley.
In the older part of town, there is a pillory from 1573 next to the City Hall House, which was burnt down during the French invasion and was also used as a jail.
This lagoon is located in the parish council of Coimbrão, in the northern part of Leiria Municipality.
Established in 1167, the Ervedeira lagoon is the only lake beach in this region. Over 600 meters (0.3 miles) wide, it is the perfect place for walks and to get in touch with nature.
Although it doesn’t appear as a summer destination, it has two popular areas that are used as beaches.
Like an island between the green sea of Leiria’s pinewoods and the Atlantic Ocean, Pedrógão beach offers a wide sandy shore, the benefits of iodine, Xávega artistry, and peace.
Leiria’s walking trails network was established by Leiria’s City Hall in collaboration with Leiria’s Speleological Group and its parish councils. It aims at exploring and discovering this region, highlighting its diversity and promoting physical activities all throughout 2017.
With so many restaurants and pubs to choose from, don’t miss morcela de arroz (black rice pudding), whole roasted suckling pig and, for dessert, nothing tops a Brisa do Lis (egg yolk pudding).
Come back soon! We are always happy to have you here!