The city of Leiria was born between the castle and the river Lis, as result of the movement of the Christian conquest against the Muslims during the region of D. Afonso Henriques. However, it was during the reign of King D. Dinis (1285-1324) that the city grew and became what it is today. D. Dinis was recognized by several projects in Leiria, in particular the drying of the swamps on the riverbanks of Lis for agricultural purposes, giving rise to the fertile valley that extends from Leiria to the river mouth, the seed of “Pinhal de Leiria” (pine forest of Leiria), that became known by the nickname “The Farmer”.
The woods of pine forest of Leiria were crucial for ship building at the time of the Portuguese discoveries (XV/XVI centuries) and is still today a predominant activity in the region.
Located in the central coast of the country, the city of Leiria, country seat and the district capital, lies at a distance of approximately 140 km from Lisboa, 190 Km from Porto and 70 km from Coimbra.
It is a priveleged region, the city of Leiria possess several road links (A1, A8, A17, A19, IC2, EN 109, EN 242 and EN 113).
Marked by its culinary diversity, the city of Leiria offers us various delicacies such as rice blood sausages coming from the Marrazes, Boavista stylish Piglet and the seafood rice from Vieira beach (considered one of the seven Portuguese gastronomic wonders). Also the “Brisas do Lis”, Straws of Leiria, Pumpkin Donuts, pinion Cupcake are some of convent deserts you can find in this beautiful city. Integrated in the demarcated wine region of Aire Hills, with excellent wines (Cortes, Touria, Vidigal), in addiction the precious Milk Liquor from Vieira de Leiria.
Leiria is located close to several beaches, such as “Praia da Vieira”, “Pedrogão”, “São Pedro de Moel”, “Paredes da Vitória” ans “Nazaré”. Leiria holds a vast cultural heritage, you can admire several monuments like the castle of Leiria, “Moinho de Papel” (the paper mill), the church of “Nossa Sra da Encarnação” (our lady of the incarnation), MIMO (Museum of Moving Image) in Leiria, and in nearby cities, the monastery of Batalha, the sanctuary of Fatima, the castle of Ourém and Pombal.