A warm city
Expect a warm and welcoming Portuguese atmosphere! The famous square "Praça Rodrigues Lobo", in particular, perfectly illustrates the good mood. It is impossible not to stroll on this square, where visitors and locals meet around the terraces of pleasant cafes and typical restaurants. Leiria is a good place to live, with its beautiful river dividing the city in two, its illuminated musical fountains and its huge stadium welcoming 25,000 spectators.
Who said cultural tourism and shopping was not compatible? Let yourself be tempted by an unprecedented purchasing experience! Indeed, in the sunny city, the shops are real monuments built by the greatest European architects! Stroll through the amazing Bershka of the Garage building, buildings of the art nouveau style, dating from the first decade of the 20th century. Discard and visit the house of the Spanish brand Zara in the Episcopal Palace, or the former headquarters of the Athenäum Leiria and its pink building of the late 19th century representing an inspiration for bloggers and instagrammers!
Then, continue this cultural visit by going to enjoy one of the best ice cream of the city in Fior di Latte, in the former palace of the Guerra family.
But do not misunderstand, window shopping is not the only physical activity you can do in Leiria! At the edge of the river Lis, which unlike other rivers flows north, is a very accommodating space and ideal for family tour, with your kids
, cycling or walking. In this same area you will find the two flagship museums of the city: the Leiria Museum and the Paper Mill Museum.
Events in the historical monuments of the city
A festive and joyous atmosphere rests on the sunny city. Every year, Leiria welcomes visitors and locals to celebrate its festivities. In August, it is again in a historical monument where the inevitable music festival called Entremuralhas (meaning between the walls of the castle) takes place. In the 12th century castle, plunges a unique feeling, a historical and mysterious aura. In addition, an exceptional panorama of the city is worth the trip!
Many events also take place in the heart of the historic center of Leiria, Piazza Sant'Ana, a very lively place of the city thanks to its beautiful Market. In this area you can contemplate the modernist architecture, mainly designed by the architect Santa Rita.