The 10 Best Things to Do in Leiria, Portugal

March 31, 2018 Florencio Paulino

Leiria (Portuguese pronunciation: [lɐjˈɾi.ɐ]; Proto-Celtic: *ɸlāryo) is a city and a municipality in the Centro Region of Portugal. It is the capital of Leiria District. The population in 2011 was 126,879, in an area of 565.09 square kilometres (218.18 sq mi). It is the seat of the Roman Catholic Diocese of Leiria-Fátima.
Restaurants in Leiria

1. Castelo de Leiria

Leiria 2400, Portugal +351 244 813 982
Excellent
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4.5 based on 658 reviews

Castelo de Leiria

Reviewed By Vitor B - Lisbon, Portugal

Easy to arrive by foot, even if a bit of a steep walk. Totally restored in the XXth century after the Napoleonic troops left it in ruins, the complex story around Ernesto Korrodi and the rehabilitation process is already worth a visit. Those interested in military history, 'Românico' and 'Gótico' styles and restoration will find valuable elements. Those captivated by the legends, histories and abandonment, will find it very romantic. For those only interested in the views and taking pictures, the iconic 'loggia' created by the gothic arcades doubles as the best viewpoint of the city.

2. Praca Rodrigues Lobo

Leiria, Portugal +351 914 219 522
Excellent
52%
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4.5 based on 94 reviews

Praca Rodrigues Lobo

Reviewed By 232henryw - Markham, Canada

I came here tired and just wanted to sit down with a coffee. Luckily, there are a few coffee and bars right around the square and patios to sit down at. I was entertained by two boys playing football! It's a nice area to socialize.

3. Praia do Pedrogao

Praia do Pedrogao, Leiria 2400-014, Portugal
Excellent
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4 based on 133 reviews

Praia do Pedrogao

Reviewed By expatEdinburgh - Edinburgh, United Kingdom

I absolutely love this place! Wonderful large, golden sandy beach, great esplanade to walk or sit and observe time passing by. Lovely for all ages. There are great cafes and places to eat. Nearby there's the pine forest, great for walks and cycle rides, and the lovely Freshwater lagoon, Ervideira, where the whole family can paddle or swim. A must!

4. Mimo - Museu Da Imagem Em Movimento

Largo Sao Pedro | Cerca do Castelo, Leiria 2400-235, Portugal +351 244 839 675
Excellent
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4.5 based on 36 reviews

Mimo - Museu Da Imagem Em Movimento

Reviewed By PaulaBraga - Braga

There is an interactive part which is good for children. They can spend an hour there interacting and learning about the light and moving images. There is also an exhibition with ancient cinema machines. There were also two Exhibitions of photography. Two were interesting the other so, so.

5. Cathedral of Leiria

Largo da Se, Leiria 2400-236, Portugal +351 244 832 366
Excellent
26%
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Satisfactory
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4 based on 61 reviews

Cathedral of Leiria

Reviewed By Thomas O - Vicenza, Italy

A quite average Cathedral, built in the Mannerist style and with several baroque additions such as the nice main altar. Nearly completely unadorned inside it feels a bit empty. One thing of note though is the detached bell tower which stands several feet up the hill, a rarity in Portugal.

6. Museu de Leiria

Rua Tenente Valadim 41 | Convento Santo Agostinho, Leiria 2410-190, Portugal +351 244 839 677
Excellent
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4.5 based on 29 reviews

Museu de Leiria

Reviewed By Nuno R - Leiria, Portugal

Interesting museum, displaying the history of the city from the pre-history. It also has a large collection of religious art. The building itself is interesting and overall it its worth visiting!

7. Moinho do Papel

Rua da Fabrica do Papel 13, Leiria 2410-103, Portugal +351 244 839 672
Excellent
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4 based on 21 reviews

Moinho do Papel

Reviewed By PPCI-BG - Italy

Una antica produzione di carta trasformata in museo dove si può vedere come veniva prodotta in epoca pre-industriale. Come sempre, queste antiche attività sono interessanti. Si può cumulare con la visita al museo.

8. Santuario de Nossa Senhora da Encarnacao

Rua de Nossa Senhora da Encarnacao, Leiria 2410-143, Portugal
Excellent
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4.5 based on 6 reviews

Santuario de Nossa Senhora da Encarnacao

Reviewed By PPCI-BG - Italy

Santuario costruito a fine del Cinquecento su un’altura con una bella vista sulla città e sul castello. Ci si può arrivare lungo una scalinata barocca ma è anche accessibile in auto. L’edificio è abbastanza comune ma merita una visita per il paesaggio.

9. Biblioteca Municipal Afonso Lopes Vieira

Largo Candido dos Reis, 6, Leiria 2415-409, Portugal +351 244 839 666
Excellent
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4.5 based on 5 reviews

Biblioteca Municipal Afonso Lopes Vieira

A Biblioteca Municipal de Leiria permite a consulta de livros, filmes, albuns e tudo o que uma biblioteca municipal assegura. Para alem disso, a Biblioteca Afonso Lopes Vieira ainda tem uma das galerias culturais tambem e um dos polos culturais mais fortes do distrito de Leiria com uma galeria e sala polivalente que todas as semanas e fins de semana tem exposicoes, apresentacoes de livros, etc.

Reviewed By PEDRO E - Leiria, Portugal

A biblioteca Afonso Lopes Vieira é dos melhores segredos da cidade. Fica à não de semear para qualquer um que tome café na praça da cidade, e mesmo assim é muito menos frequentada do que se supõe. Está num edifício histórico, bonito e cheio de luz. O atendimento é simpático e interessado. Ideal para pesquisas com os mais pequenitos.

10. Museu Escolar

Largo da Feira dos 18 | Marrazes, Leiria 2415-690, Portugal +351 244 812 701
Excellent
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4 based on 5 reviews

Museu Escolar

Reviewed By eduardorcarvalho - Figueira da Foz, Portugal

Gostei muito de ir a este espaço com a minha mãe que já é idosa. Ela adoro ver a sala de aula do tempo dela e dos utensílios e dos brinquedos do seu tempo.

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