Leiria is a city in Beira Litoral,Pinhal Litoral,in central Portugal.
By Plane - The nesrest airports of Leiria are Portela airport (in Lisbon) and Francisco Sá Carneiro airport (in Oporto).
By Train - There are daily connections between Paris and Lisbon (Sud-Express), entering by the Vilar Formoso border; between Lisbon and Madrid, by the Marvão border; and between Porto and Vigo (Spain), by the Valença border.
By Bus - There are 3 bus companies linking OPorto (Internorte), Lisbon (Intercentro) and Faro (Intersul) to several European cities.
How to get to the Region - National road: IC2 (Lisbon - Oporto) - Motorway: A1 (Lisbon - Oporto) or A8 (Lisbon - Leiria) - Train lines: North (Pombal) or West (Leiria 4 km)
Walking - Leiria is a small city, old town and Castle are close to each other.
Castle (castelo de Leiria) - The Castle was constructed by order of the first king of Portugal (Afonso Henriques) in 1135. In 1195 the castle was fortified; later in 1324 was transformed in one of the King's Palaces.
Thus you can admire 2 different periods of construction: Romanic and Gothic. Besides that there are restorations mainly from the late 19th century and first half of the 20th century.
From the loggia with Mediterranean Gothic arches you can enjoy a beautiful view over the city.
Castle of Leiria: As well as being a site of historical interest, the Castle of Leiria provides a venue for cultural events . Situated close to the castle, the Church of Saint Peter (Igreja de São Pedro) is used as the venue of Leiria's annual festival of music.
Museums: M|i|Mo (Leiria Castle area), Portugal's only Museum of the Moving Image. and the Paper museum (Museu do moinho do papel) situated at the site of Portugal's first paper mill.
Theaters/Cinema: The Theatre Miguel Franco in the market Sant'Ana (Mercado de Sant'Ana) and The Theatre José Lúcio da Silva are venues for theatre, music and dance performances, as well as cinema.
Day & Night Life: The city is the birthplace of several leading Portuguese poets, such as Afonso Lopes Vieira and Francisco Rodrigues Lobo, after whom the central square (Praca Rodrigues Lobo) is named. Today the square is home to a thriving café culture, as well as being regularly used for cultural events.
The town hosts a monthly antiques market. There's also many Festivals in the region mostly in the summer.
Camping,enjoy the beaches,Berlengas isles,off the coast of Peniche[summer only]..
Check the local Tourism information.
Leiria's gastronomy offers a good variety of portuguese dishes including fresh fish dishes and the famous "Leitao" da Boa Vista (barbecued piglet).
The nearby village of Cortes is known for "Migas", a dish of corn bread with spinach, garlic and olive oil which is eaten as an accompaniment to fish or meat.
Local sweet pastry: Brisas do Liz and Lampreia d'Ovos which was originaly made by the local convent.
Leiria, being a university town has a lively nightlife with many bars and cafes.
The central square of Rodriges Lobo has many cafes and bars with outdoor seating and viwes to the Castle. Not far from there is the "Gato Preto" cafe & Bar (the Black Cat) wich is known for the unsual tiles on it's exterior.
Batalha [monastery] about 14 km from Leiria