Leiria is a beautiful city with rich historical traditions, to which local residents dedicate an interesting holiday every year. In July, they organize an annual festival of the medieval culture known as Leiria Medieval. The 3-day program of this event invariably attracts lots of tourists. The main venue of the festival is a historic castle that dates back to the early 12th century. It was built by order of the first king of Portugal Afonso Henriques. Now the ancient castle serves as an important cultural center for townspeople.
It hosts beautiful historical holidays, and on the festival days, the medieval castle comes to life in the literal sense of the word. At every step, one can see people in beautiful old costumes, listen to traditional music, try the best treats and take part in unusual historical activities. Entertainment programs are also organized outside the castle, on the city's main squares and parks.
The main events of the festival are theatrical performances, which are arranged right in the open air. Among the most spectacular are the knightly tournaments with the use of real medieval weapons. Also, guests of the historical holiday can participate in beautiful fairs, watch dance performances and music concerts. This holiday is characterized by a very warm family atmosphere, many of its entertainments are designed specifically for children. They are entertained by jesters and actors, as well as interesting children's games and competitions.