Top things to do in Leiria

Top Choice Portuguese in Leiria

Casinha Velha

The best culinary experience in central Portugal begins insanely: an epic cow's, sheep's and goat's cheese cart, arranged regionally, along with black pork sausages, awaits at your table – you cut your own portions …
Top Choice Portuguese in Leiria

Ao Largo

Leiria's most enjoyable spot comes courtesy of friendly wine-lover Miguel, who opened a restaurant with his sister and his girlfriend, combined their skills as a journalist, teacher and designer with a common love o…
Top Choice Bar in Leiria

Atlas Hostel

Leiria's coolest hostel somehow harvested the city's hankering for a culturally minded space for forward-thinking international hipsters, yielded its common areas to a cavalcade of artists, musicians, alterna-hipste…
Historic Site in Leiria

Centro de Diálogo Intercultural de Leiria

The gorgeously restored 18th century Igreja da Misericórdia was built in late-Mannerist style on the plot of land where an even older cathedral dating to 1544 once stood and, before that, Leiria's medieval synagogue…
Castle in Leiria

Castelo de Leiria

Inside the castle walls is a peaceful garden, overgrown with tall trees, and the ruined but lovely Gothic Igreja de Nossa Senhora da Penha, originally built in the 12th century and rebuilt by João I in the early 15t…
Portuguese in Leiria

Tasca 7

A mere block and a half from the main square but feeling like a million miles away, Estrela (don't call her 'Doña!') offers just two dishes per day at her simple, five-table tasca. There's no menu (and no English!) …
Museum in Leiria

Museu de Leiria

Opened in November 2015, this lovely museum celebrates Leiria and its region. Housed in the former Santo Agostinho Convent, the exhibits span everything from the geological (a rock shelter in the Lapedo Valley from …
Fusion in Leiria

Sabores da India II

After raging success in Alcobaça, the Punjabi owner of this excellent Indian restaurant snagged an even more intimate space in Leiria in the heart of the historic centre. Sensational curries, biryanis and tandoori d…
Irish Pub in Leiria


This convivial Irish pub has plenty of Jameson and Bushmills, along with a decent selection of craft beer, including extensive stock of Lisbon's 8ª Colina, its own IPA and red ale, and a few Belgian stragglers.
Museum in Leiria

Museu do Moinho de Papel

Located by the river and near the new Museu de Leiria (and part of the admission price), the Moinho do Papel was Portugal's first paper mill to be moved by water (1439). These days, it's an educative hands-on experi…