Top things to do in Leiria

Castle in 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…
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 …
Notable Building in Leiria

Pharmácia Leonardo Paiva

Opposite Leiria's cathedral stands the wonderfully tiled Pharmácia Leonardo Paiva – the beautiful azulejos depict Hippocrates, Galen and Socrates. Novelist Eça de Queirós used to live in Travessa Tipografia next to …
Fusion in Leiria

Malagueta Afrodisíaca

For a rare deviation from standard Portuguese fare, head to this trendy, slinkily decorated place, tucked down a narrow street in the historic centre. The eclectic 10-page menu features aphrodisiac teas, flaming des…
Museum in Leiria


Just below the castle, this likeable museum focuses on the history of the moving image, with a fine collection of cine cameras and temporary exhibitions on the top floor. Best is the interactive floor in between, wi…
Fusion in Leiria


The owner’s Goan roots are evident at this air-conditioned upstairs restaurant serving a fusion of Indian and Portuguese cuisine. Start with bacon-wrapped asparagus or salad greens with apples and honey, then feast …
Pub in Leiria


Set inside a marvellously tiled 19th-century pharmacy directly opposite the cathedral, this Irish-style bar features a mellow vibe, darts and a vast universe of drinks.
Portuguese in Leiria

A Toca

Along this pedestrianised street are several traditional restaurants, including this friendly, no-nonsense spot with pretty tiled interior and a long menu featuring wood-grilled meat and fish.
Club in Leiria


Party into the wee hours at this club in the heart of town. Tuesday and Thursday are student nights, while the big club night is Saturday.
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…