I heard in Pula that the local church was the only one with the tower far from the main building.Wrong!I already knew Leiria, where the tower is very far from the cathedral, as you may notice in the picture.Yes, the tower escaping at left belongs to the church escaping at right.Why does it happen?Because the church was built in the 16th century,...more
Don't expect many surprises in your visit to the castle. It's an almost empty place, allowing a good view over town. But, in your way up or down notice the curiosity of the only church that I know that has the tower far away from the building. It happens with the cathedral, which also deserves a visit. In 2006 I knew another church wit a separate...more
Leiria's development has been centered in commerce. The old industrial activities have been successively expelled to the outskirts of the city, or even further (lately... abroad). A few (really few) signs of that industrial area remain. Are them to keep, saving the old images of the city, or are just waiting for their turn to disappear?more
Traffic restrictions put this charming square out of each day's life for most locals, bur this ddn't damage the place, by the opposite. It's nice to walk in this square, exploring the narrow old street, starting on it, and the remaining shops of the traditional commerce. Cafes and esplanades give good ambiance to the place.more
It was in 1998 that these findings were first found. It was already know that Portugal was the last place of living of the Neanderthals but not yet had been discovered a child brought by the mixture of homo sapiens and Neanderthals.This child is an unique finding which seems to indicate that the Neanderthals were not extinct but interacted and...more
For almost 50 years I postponed the idea of climbing this hill and have a look to the sanctuary. It happened now, but I was unlucky - it was closed. However, I didn't regret the effort - the Baroque stairs are simple but nice, in harmonious integration with the chapel form the 16th century. As expected, the views from the top are great.more
Largo Poeta Jose Marques Da Cruz 8, Leiria, 2410 506, Portugal
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Rua Henrique Sommer, Leiria, Estremadura, Portugal
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Rua Manuel Rodrigues Serrazina, Fervenca, Leiria, 2460-743, Portugal
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To eat in style, in a typical scenery, with a big or small group, this restaurant is excellent. I appreciate mainly the starters, a large basket with several kinds of cheese, fruits, smoked meat and sausages, complemented with the constant approach of the waiters offering small delicacies of all kind. It's not cheap, but it's worth what you...more
3 Km south of Leiria, in IC2 and in the way to Batalha, this is a really good restaurant. Very large, it has several rooms, accepting with comfort small and big groups, and supplying excellent food at reasonable prices. Espetada mista com arroz de feijão e migasMedalhões com gambasmore
just across the street from the "institutional" Tromba Rija this small restaurant is a preciosity, and my favorite in Leiria's area, when I have time for a good meal. Everything is delicious, it's easier to find places (but also advisable to reserve), and the prices are reasonable. A very good choice. Grilled Bacalhau leading the whole listmore
This is, no doubt, one of the top five Portuguese restaurants in popularity. So:- First of all, be prepared to pay it.- Second, if you don't want to take risks, you better reserve in advance.- Third, forget weight control.If you pass the three conditions, you will face an enormous list of starters, main courses and deserts, with the best of...more
Needing a quick lunch I entered the closest restaurant, thinking by the external look that it would be just one more pizzeria. Wrong!This restaurant, located in the modern area of town, almost in the outskirts of it, was a very good surprise.Sitting in a pleasant room, we received the printed menu, and a handwritten sheet, mentioning six or seven...more
A terrible restaurant and our worst experience in eight years in Portugal.Having been to the aletejano and loving the food there, we were excited about the fact we could get some of the taste of that area without being there. We were staying in Sao Martinho do Porto (about 30 miles or so away from Leiria) so thought we'd make the journey one night...more
Home cooking, in the good meaning of the phrase. Based on the clientele when I was there, it is popular with the locals. Well decorated, with white tablecloths and napkins. The excellent soup was served in a pot with a ladle. There was enough there for three large bowls. I ate there twice. On the second night I was served a free liqueur. Attentive,...more
We rented this little silver Fiat Punto, which we affectionately named "Quicksilver," in Lisbon and drove it all over central Portugal. It was very liberating to have our own transportation. It enabled us to plan things without having to rely on train or bus schedules and also to take things at our own pace. Along the way, we took lots of small country roads and discovered some interesting things.
As this is a small town, criminal problems aren't very common. At night, you can walk wherever you want, but for your own safety, don't cross dark street on the "Terreiro" area.
The worst thing that can happen it's became without a wallet...
Right in the centre of town, we have the "Fonte Grande" (Big Fountain) or fonte das Carrancas. When in 1962 I went to study in Leiria, the lady that rented me the room warned me that "Who drinks the water of Fonte Grande will marry in Leiria". I took it as a challenge, drunk the water, and... married many years later in Batalha, with Fernanda, from...more
Favorite thing: Because of the many places to sleep and plentiful restaurants, many people make Leiria their base of exploration for this culturally rich region of Portugal. Along with the religious sites at Alcobaça, Batalha and Fatima, you can also visit the charming town of Tomar and the laid back beach at Sao Pedro de Muel, all easily accessible by bus or car.