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12 fantastic places to visit near Leiria

The beautiful city of Leiria is, perhaps, one of the most privileged in Portugal, not that I say respect to its centrality and the number of places that you can visit in its surroundings. Near Leiria there are some two of the most imposing Portuguese monuments, such as the Mosteiro da Batalha or the Mosteiro de Alcobaça, as well as the Santuário de Fátima and very interesting towns such as Tomar, Peniche or Nazaré.

Also, around Leiria you can enjoy all kinds of tourist attractions and points of interest. In a few minutes, I had access to beaches, like this Nazaré Beaches oh so beaches of Penicheto grandiose monuments and cities full of history.

Além disso, near Leiria has the possibility of doing Nature tourism in the Parque Natural das Serras de Aire e Candeeiros or visiting the caves of Moeda and Alvados, for example. These are the best places to visit around Leiria.

1. Fatima

Sanctuary of Fatima

In a few years, it evolved from just a chapel to a huge basilica in order to respond to the thousands of pilgrims who moved here every year.

EITHER Sanctuary of Fatima It is assumed to be the most important Marian shrine in Portugal and the one that is most recognized internationally. Or its enclosure is made up of various areas, more or greater highlight goes to capelinha das aparições.

2. Mosteiro da Batalha

Mosteiro da Batalha
Mosteiro da Batalha

On August 14, 1385, D. João, Mestre de Avis, defeated the Castilians in the Battle of Aljubarrota, and cemented the independence of the kingdom in his role as king. Thanks to this, he decided to order the construction of the Mosteiro de Santa Maria da Vitória, also known as Mosteiro da Batalha, a monument that has been a World Heritage Site since 1983 and a National Panteão since 2016.

Either he found Gothic and Manueline styles must have been a fact that the work took two centuries to be finished, or that allows us frightening details such as the two stained glass windows or the exterior stone carvings.

3. Mosteiro de Alcobaca

Mosteiro de Alcobaça
Mosteiro de Alcobaça (Maria João Gala)

The mosteiro is classified as World Heritage by UNESCO and is considered one of the most important Cistercian abbeys in Europe. The place was donated by D. Afonso Henriques to Bernardo de Claraval, and the works began in 1178, being this the first truly Gothic-style work to be erected in Portugal.

The traços gerais are of rigor, austerity and purity of forms, an environment that was wanted of prayer, penance and in constant community, in absolute silence.

4. Obidos


Óbidos is among the most beautiful medieval villages in Portugal. Walking along its narrow and colorful streets is an authentic return to the past. It is not difficult to imagine how it would be or day-to-day that I live here for a few centuries because everything remains the same.

The best way to discover Óbidos is to walk along its streets and discover each beco and wheel. Every turn of the corner is a real surprise. The flowers are present on all or sides, the garrisoned cores typical of the saloia region of life, the houses and the portals and janelas hide small details that are worth being contemplated with attention.

5. Nazaré


This fishing city is simply charming and rich in maritime traditions, from the boats with the original structure to the tradition of placing sardinhas and cavalas to dry in the sun, passing through seven saias das mulheres.

Around here there is no lack of beautiful beaches, churches and, of course, giant waves, which fizeram with Portugal entering Guinness with the biggest wave surfed in the world.

6. Serras de Aire and Candeeiros Natural Park

Serra de Aire and Candeeiros Natural Park
Serra de Aire and Candeeiros Natural Park

It has an area of ​​38,900 hectares and is located between the municipalities of Alcobaça, Porto de Mós, Rio Maior, Santarém, Torres Novas and Ourém. In the space of the park there are several caves, being the most well-known the Mira de Aire Caves, which receive huge visits from tourists every year.

7. Take


It is called “Cidade dos Templários”, being its history linked to this Order in our country. Here are unique monuments such as the Castelo dos Templários, a 12th-century military building that is a UNESCO World Heritage Site.

I cannot help but know the Convent of Christ, a true amalgamation of various architectural styles, with emphasis on the Renaissance, Gothic and Romanesque.

8. Pia do Urso

Pia do Urso (Batalha)
Pia do Urso (Batalha)

I don’t admit da battle, the village of Pia do Urso is much more than a village. All of it is a sensory eco-park, intended for the unseen. But the visit is not justified just because of the ecopark.

The village was recovered and it is very pleasant to explore its corners walking along its streets. An attractive landscape and surrounding calm provide the rest of the charm. You can spend here just an afternoon or a few days, since some of the houses have been recovered and transformed into spaces for rural tourism.

9. Salt flats of Fonte da Bica

Salt flats of Fonte da Bica (Rio Maior)
Salt flats of Fonte da Bica (Rio Maior)

São as major salt flats in the interior of the Iberian Peninsula. Its exploration began hundreds of years ago and, in the surrounding area, a povoação was born to give shelter to the workers and their families and also to store or salt.

Romans, Arabs and Templars pass through here. Walking through this small village is, by itself, a true journey to the past. The formal houses built in Madeira are the best preserved in Portugal.

10. Porto de Mos

Porto de Mos
Porto de Mos

Porto de Mós is a small Portuguese town in the district of Leiria, with a great beauty that makes any person apaixonar. Feel free and interested to go uncovered: this is what is really necessary to discover these little secrets and charms of Portugal.

Whoever visits this land, cannot leave behind the famous castle that served as a refuge for the Portuguese, besides Batalha de Aljubarrota. It deals with the Castelo de Porto de Mós with traces of the Gothic and Renaissance style.

11. Moeda Caves

Moeda Caves
Moeda Caves

These calcareous caves are located in São Mamede, district of Batalha, in Leiria. Forams discovered in 1971 by two hunters, being that curiosity led you to explore or explore its entire extension, including a room (a “sala do caçador”) full of calcareous formations.

For two months, these two men excavated the narrow fissures that continued to the first cavern, uncovering little by little the rooms and galleries that we can visit.

12. Ourem

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Ourem Castle

Its great tourist attraction is its castle, dating from 1178. The 1755 earthquake will destroy a large part of it, which formerly contained a palace, a hairpin, a Gothic fountain and a collegiate church.

As two years pass, the população mudou-se para o sopé do morro. Not high, where the castle of Ourém is located, there are still the remains of a medieval town, with narrow streets that exhibit an architectural ensemble that brings together the Gothic, Mudejar, Manueline, Baroque and Pombaline styles.

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