Leiria Travel Guide

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Leiria Things to Do

  • Garden

    In the centre of the city a small garden was my first reference when, in 1962, I moved to study in Leiria. That garden remains untouched, in a city where the only green area is the stripe following both sides of the river.

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  • S Francisco convent

    Several times remodelled, this church was about to be demolished, after being sold to the adjacent milling company. Recently some interesting paintings from the 15th century where displayed, which means that it will survive, being now open to the public.

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  • Industrial remains

    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 be kept, saving the old images of the city, or are just waiting for their turn to disappear?

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  • The Castle

    Don't expect many surprises in your visit to the castle. It was built by D. Afonso Henriques, our first king, as a way to establish a defensive line against the Arabs, but his war with Galicia allowed the Arabs to take advantage of the withdrawal of the armies to the North, recovering Leiria twice. In 1142, after regaining definitively Leiria, d....

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  • Rodrigues Lobo square

    Traffic restrictions put this charming square out of each day's life for most locals, bur this did not 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.

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  • Contrasts

    Non planned development turned a new central square in Leiria as a confusion of old and new. Many (small) shopping malls, an old church, one abandoned factory, a Maoist looking statue, and a parking. How to classify it?

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  • Central square

    Though a little bit uncharacteristic (I think!), this square still keeps a few old buildings, and watches most commercial activities in town.

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  • Windows

    Building, destroying, rebuilding along centuries leads to this situation: all the windows in S Francisco church, in the centre of the city, are different - curious, but not nice...

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  • Justice Palace square

    At the entrance of town, from south, a small square facing the Palace of Justice and other official buildings is a nice and cool spot, with king Afonso III's statue in the middle. Why him? I don't know, but why not?

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  • Nossa Senhora da Encarnação

    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.

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  • Tower

    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,...

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  • Lapedo Child

    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...

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Leiria Hotels

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  • Casa Da Nora

    Largo Poeta Jose Marques Da Cruz 8, Leiria, 2410 506, Portugal

    Satisfaction: Excellent

    Good for: Business

  • Hotel Sao Luis

    Rua Henrique Sommer, Leiria, Estremadura, Portugal

    Satisfaction: Excellent

    Good for: Business

  • Your Hotel & Spa

    Rua Manuel Rodrigues Serrazina, Fervenca, Leiria, 2460-743, Portugal

    Satisfaction: Excellent

    Good for: Solo

    Hotel Class 3 out of 5 stars

Leiria Restaurants

  • Matilde Noca

    I've been there twice, always satisfied. The restaurant is good, challenging the famous neighbours, with a more eclectic food and regular prices. The restaurant is large, but it is placed as a balcony over Leiria, with fabulous views all over town. A place to eat slowly, enjoying time while the city unfolds in front of you.

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  • Good food - great views

    I've been there twice, always satisfied. The restaurant is good, challenging the famous neighbours, with a more eclectic food and regular prices. The restaurant is large, but it is placed as a balcony over Leiria, with fabulous views all over town. A place to eat slowly, enjoying time while the city unfolds in front of you.

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  • Classical

    A classical restaurant in the centre of the city tries to attract all kind of people - businessmen, families and tourists. It has a serious menu, with Portuguese cuisine, and though not cheap enough to be popular among the youth, it is not expensive.

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  • My Favorite

    just across the street from the "institutional" Tromba Rija this small restaurant is a preciosity, and my favorite in Leiria 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 list

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  • Much and well

    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...

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  • Pizza and More

    Well located in the centre of Leiria, this restaurant, owned by my friend António, is specialized in pizza (strong, too rich in cheese for my taste) but also in some other dishes, included a great stake. Several kinds of bread and pastries make it a all day round selling place. Crises is dictating new rules, and, for the moment, they are only...

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  • Great surprise

    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...

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  • For a festive meal

    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...

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  • Grill and beans

    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 gambas

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Leiria Transportation

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    Quicksilver

    by acemj Written Mar 16, 2003

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    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.

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Leiria Shopping

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  • Parking Facilities

    Maringá is a shopping center where crises led to many closed shops, but still with some movement. Adjacent to it there's the best parking lot in town (paid but not expensive).

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  • D Dinis

    I don't know what keeps the first mall of Leiria (and one of the smallest), still working. Maybe the quality of some shops, as this one, where I got the best prices for a new laptop recently bought.Well... This was a few years ago, and, or the moment I don't know if they are still open (their site is down), but is is always possible to check.

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  • Traditional Market

    Maybe it will not be the best place to shop - the conditions are not the best, and the malls are too competitive - but the municipal market, squeezed in the centre of town, is a classical place, interesting, at least, to see, mainly when activity is strong.

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Leiria Warnings and Dangers

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    Leiria is quite safe

    by lfd Written Feb 23, 2007

    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...

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Leiria Off The Beaten Path

  • Fonte das Carrancas

    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...

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  • Convent of St Agostinho

    This convent, two or three hundred meters apart from the centre, was built in the 16th century, still holding a Baroque facade. The incidents of history made it become part of a military headquarters until very recently. Now, the local authorities are preparing the recuperation of the cloisters, but the church may already be visited. In the back...

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  • "Maranchão"

    When I lived in Leiria (50 years ago) "Maranchão" was a warning - a place not advisable in the outskirts of the city. Now is a gardened area inside the growing town, with imaginative spaces for kids.Well done!

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Leiria Favorites

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    Great location

    by acemj Written Mar 16, 2003

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    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.

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