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Sightseeing in Leiria - what to see. Complete travel guide

Leiria Leiria is a city in Portugal that is known as the center of the same named municipality. The town is located 119 kilometers north from Lisbon, the capital of the country. The population of the city estimates 42.8 thousands of people.
Leiria boasts amazing historic attractions, which can make your vacation even more exciting. On the hilltop, you will find the city's main historical symbol - the wonderful castle Castelo de … Open
Industries and manufacturing are almost not developed in the town. Some small factories that operate in the region are located in Leiria’s suburbs, in so called industrial zones. Here is blooming tourist industry as the beaches of Atlantic Ocean are always crowded with people.
The town is truly beautiful. Since old times visitors have come to this place to see a beautiful castle (castello). There is also a large and modern stadium in the town. It can sit 25,000 people, so the stadium hosts football matches and competitions in track and field athletics. There is a swimming pool near the stadium. The swimming pool’s track is 25 meters long. It is also equipped with a springboard and towers for high-board diving competitions. Copyright
In Leiria, travelers have many interesting attractions to explore. They can visit the legendary stadium Estádio Dr. Magalhães Pessoa, which was built specifically for the period of the … Open
This town is crossed by a river that divides it into two parts. In the city there are several fountains. One of them, which is located on the central part of the town, is equipped with son et lumière.
Leiria The central street of the town is named Marques de Pombal. Near the street is located a bus terminal, from which you can easily reach all main cities of Spain (Madrid, Barcelona) and Paris. The railway station is located in the town’s suburb. There are many cafes, shops, and banks in Leiria. The majority of them are the representatives of large European chain stores like Ulmar, Liddle, Pinko, Zara, Intermesh and many more.
1. Leiria is a fairly small city so it's comfortable to explore its attractions and most beautiful places on foot. The main form of public transport is the bus, by which one can get to any … Open
The town is truly amazing at night, when it shines with numerous lights. The castle on the mountain is especially fascinating as it shines with a grey light under the rays of the artificial light.

On weekends you can visit a market that works until 1 p.m. It is located not far away from the swimming pool.
The city has many amazing sights. Its guests will have the opportunity to visit the Buddha Park. The area of ​​this theme park is about 35 hectares. Its main value is a rich collection of sculptures. In the center of the park, there is a lake surrounded by dozens of sculptures made of marble and granite. All the sculptures are made in Buddhist style. Some of them depict the Buddha himself, while others are mythical creatures. This garden is characterized by an incredible landscape design.
There are several beautiful old castles in the region. The Castelo de Porto de Mós was built in the 13th century. For much flax, it was an indispensable fortification and survived many attacks. In 1755 the castle was partially destroyed by an earthquake. Despite the fact that the castle has not been restored, it is now the site of various cultural events. Not far from the castle, is an interesting natural landmark - caves, in which researchers discovered very unusual rock formations.
A valuable historical site is the Church of Nossa Senhora da Penna, which is on the top of a hill. This church was built in 1135 and was originally located on the territory of a castle. A few years after the founding of the miniature church, it began to restructure and expand. By the middle of the 16th century, a majestic cathedral was located in its place. Now visitors of this church can admire the unique elements of its decoration, which have been preserved from various periods.
In Leiria, you can visit lots of interesting stores and souvenir shops. One of the best shoe stores in town is Calzados. It sells shoes for both men and women, this store won recognition of … Open
An interesting monument of the 12th century is the Sao Pedro Church, which is in a very picturesque area, at the foot of the castle hill. The church is a vivid example of the classical Romanesque style. The main building material for its construction was stone. Now the spectacular building, built of gray stone, looks very secure and unshakable. Within the walls of this church, tourists can see interesting religious relics.
leiria The most famous religious landmark of Leiria is the Largo da Se. Its construction began in 1546 by order of Joao III. The best craftsmen from all over Portugal were drawn to the construction of the cathedral. In 1574, the cathedral was consecrated, and in 1755 it was partially destroyed by an earthquake. The main value of the cathedral is the unique interior decoration in the Renaissance style.
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Map of all castles
Survived castles around Leiria
♥   Castle 'Castle of Leiria' , 0.9 km from the center. On the map   Photo
♥   Castle 'Castle of Ourém' , 21.4 km from the center. On the map   Photo
♥   Castle 'Castle of Tomar' , 36.4 km from the center. On the map   Photo
♥   Castle 'Castle of Soure' , 37.2 km from the center. On the map   Photo
♥   Castle 'Castle of Penela' , 46.9 km from the center. On the map   Photo
Map of all parks
National and city parks around Leiria
♥   Nature Park 'Serras de Aire e Candeeiros' , 27.5 km from the center. On the map   Photo
♥   Nature Park 'Sintra-Cascais' , 119.5 km from the center. On the map   Photo
♥   Nature Park 'Serra da Estrela' , 120.7 km from the center. On the map   Photo
♥   Nature Park 'Arrábida' , 144.2 km from the center. On the map   Photo

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