Leiria is a city in the central region of Portugal. Located on the shores of the river Lis, the city experiences a Mediterranean climate. It is a great location for summer holidays. There are many historical buildings, old churches, and sites of cultural interest in the city that attract many tourists from different parts of Portugal. And if you are interested in outing activities, you can find some great parks, gardens, themed bridges, and playgrounds in the city. Listed below are a few locations in Leiria that I found extremely interesting.
- Batalha Monastery
Batalha Monastery is a UNESCO World Heritage Site in Leiria District. Popularly known as the Monastery of the Battle, the place stands as a memorial of the historic Battle of Aljubarrota which took place in 1385. The beautiful monastery reflects the power of Gothic Architecture combined with intricate Manueline designs. The entire monastery and its interiors are designed with great care. Opt for a guided tour to learn the historical and cultural importance of the place.
- Castle of Leiria
The medieval castle of Leiria is the most important landmark in the city. It was originally constructed in the 12th century as a fort to defend the city from Arab invasion. Over the centuries, several parts of the castle were built and rebuilt by different rulers. Some of the highlights of the castle are its Gothic arcade, the Church of Nossa Senhora Da Pena, Loggia, and the Bell Tower.
- Museu De Leiria
My Leiria tour wouldn’t have been complete without a visit to the popular Museu De Leiria. The museum building was originally an old convent. Presently, the exhibits are displayed in a renewed building. Here you can see a rare collection of ancient paintings, sculptures, and archaeological relics that are arranged in a chronological order. If you are interested in the origin and history of Leiria, you should definitely come to this place.