We challenge anyone visiting Leiria to wander through the “shell” of the old town, which has been rejuvenated in recent years with the opening of new shops and the running of cultural events and activities, such as festivals and literary walking trails.
Through streets and alleys, visitors can retrace the steps of Father Amaro and Amélia, protagonists of Eça de Queirós’ famous novel, or allow themselves to get lost exploring one striking architectural element after another.
There are so many possible routes to take from Rodrigues Lobo Square to the castle.
Largo Cândido dos Reis (the old Palace Square), Freire Fountain, Rua de D. Afonso de Albuquerque and Paio Guterres (“Black Cat”) square are only a few suggestions of places of interest along the way.
Be sure to go down Rua Direita (Rua Barão de Viamonte), which you’ll find doesn’t quite live up to its name (Straight Street) – as it is far from straight!
The Polis route is another one to enjoy, which, following the Lis River, provides a pleasant walk, either for physical exercise or some quality family time.
Whether you’re exploring at night or in the daytime, the historic centre is unmissable, with its dozens of stories yet to be told and relived.
Not sure where to start? The Historic Leiria Route will give you a good overview of the city, taking you to all the main points of interest.
> Centro Histórico de Leiria
> GPS: 39.745239, -8.808676
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