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15 fantastic places to visit in the district of Leiria

Or what to visit in the district of Leiria? The district of Leiria, in the Western region of Portugal, divided between the historical provinces of Beira Litoral and Estremadura, is full of interesting places to visit.

In fact, in recent years, the number of tourists seeking the cities and beaches of this region has increased exponentially, as well as its monuments (some of them UNESCO World Heritage Sites).

Among some of the two most visited locations in the district of Leiria we count, for example, Óbidos, Nazaré, Peniche, Alcobaça and Batalha. In the city of Leiria, we have many points of interest that could increase or increase tourism. These are the best places to visit in the district of Leiria.

1. Obidos

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.

2. Leiria

would read
would read

It is found in the center of Portugal, and it has a vast heritage. Try to know or cast it, at Igreja de São Pedro (12th century), the streets of the historic center and Rota d’O Crime do Padre Amaro, with illustrations by Sílvia Patrício, with various works in memory of Eça de Queiroz. I also don’t want to walk along the banks of the Lis River.

3. Mosteiro de Alcobaca

Mosteiro de Alcobaça
Mosteiro de Alcobaça

It is here, in the Igreja de Santa Maria de Alcobaça, that rests D. Pedro I and D. Inês de Castro, in tombs strategically placed facing each other, so that both can meet on the day of Ressurreição.

But apart from the grandiose Church, you will find here a well-preserved set of medieval rooms, such as the Sala do Capitulo, or the cloister and the kitchen of the 18th century, a heritage that justified the distinction of UNESCO in 1989.

4. 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.

5. Nazaré

Nazaré
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. Fornea

Fornea
Fornea

Located in the Parque Natural da Serra de Aire e Candeeiros, Fornea is a geological formation, caused by various erosions, which provides a unique and peaceful landscape. Or access to this unbelievable point and access and can be made by car or by foot, through a trail.

For those who want to go on an adventure and do this trail, we can start from the village of Alcaria and walk for two kilometers in order to see the Fórnea farm. Along the way, it is possible to be dazzled by the landscape that includes a beautiful waterfall and the Cova da Velha grotto.

7. Mira de Aire caves

caves of portugal
Mira de Aire Caves

It is among the most impressive caves in Portugal and possesses very special and rare characteristics. Not total, there are at least 11 kilometers of known galleries (it is suspected that there may be more). Of these, about 600 meters can be visited and the same possibility can be found inside the cave, at a depth of 80 meters.

8. 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.

9. Casal de São Simão

Casal de Sao Simao
Casal de Sao Simao

A village with just a street. A fountain that enchants like the bubble of its waters. A path that takes us to Fragas de São Simão, where we can have a snack. Assim é a small, most charming, village of Casal de Sao Simaoin Figueiró dos Vinhos.

This is more of a village that, in recent years, gained a new life. Some two of their old residents will go to work and recover their houses from scratch. There is still a restaurant where you can appreciate the typical dishes of the region and a small store.

10. Porto de Mos

Porto de Mos
Porto de Mos

The years go by in history. You must be owned by the church, and it is interesting to visit this picturesque village, whose name is Porto de Mós. This town integrates two of the ten most unspoiled rural and nature destinations in Portugal that should be known when it comes to visiting the District of Leiria.

The best periods to visit Porto de Mós are between April and October, once its temperatures are pleasant and favorable for tourism in our country. Here, there are some sites where to passagem and essential to know this charming village and history cheia.

11. Jardim Buddha Eden

Jardim Buddha Eden (Bombarral)
Jardim Buddha Eden (Bombarral)

In Quinta dos Loridos, you can find the largest eastern garden in Europe, or Buddha Eden. With 35 hectares, the garden arose as a response to the destruction of the Giant Buddhas of Bamyan, two major acts of cultural barbarism, which extinguished the memory of prime works of the late period of Gandharan Art.

In the garden, there are Buddhas, terracotta statues, pagodes and various sculptures carefully placed among the vegetation, estimating that more than 6 thousand tons of marble and granite were used to build this work.

12. 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.

13. Pia do Urso

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

I do not know about Batalha, 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.

14. Sao Joao Baptista Fort

Sao Joao Baptista Fort
Sao Joao Baptista Fort

Also called Fortaleza das Berlengas, it is located in Berlenga Grande, in the Berlengas archipelago, and is part of the Peniche defensive complex. We found the only habitable island of the archipelago, a territory with ancient occupation, which had already been assassinated by Roman geographers. It was visited by Muslim navigators, Vikings, and by English and French corsairs.

In 1513, with the support of Rainha D. Leonor, the monks of the Order of São Jerónimo settled there, lending aid to navigation and helping victims of shipwrecks in the area. Assim was founded the Mosteiro da Misericórdia da Berlenga, a place where, since 1953, a restaurant stands.

15. Baleal

best beaches in the center of Portugal
Praia do Baleal (Peniche)

It is a guarded and very picturesque beach, it has a flat area and enough space to stretch out to your towel. Like many other beaches in the area, it is perfect for surfing and other sports, and has good infrastructure.

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