Suggestions in this region 7 Regions LEIRIA - FÁTIMA
Praia das Rocas, Castanheira de Pêra
Tocheiro no Santuário de Fátima
Santuário de Fátima
Praia de S Pedro de Moel
Farol do Penedo da Saudade e Ciclovia Atlântica, em S Pedro de Moel
Castelo de Porto de Mós
Mosteiro de Alcobaça
Mosteiro da Batalha
Praia da Nazaré


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The beauty cult


The pine forest planted under the ruling of King D. Dinis to sustain coastal sands has made Leiria famous. Nowadays, this is one of Portugal's most unique landscapes, embracing green woods and dreamlike coasts. However, the city of Leiria is quite important, not only in terms of heritage, but also in terms of economic development. The main highlights are the castle, Lis riverbanks and the new football stadium built for Euro 2004.


Two of the most extraordinary Portuguese monasteries, Alcobaça and Batalha, are located not very far away from the city. Both of them are UNESCO World Heritage Sites. Alcobaça Monastery perpetuates the memory of Cistercian monks who helped to repopulate the region, creating the conditions for its agricultural success. Batalha Monastery is one of the most beautiful examples of Gothic architecture in the Iberian Peninsula.


Fátima sanctuary is, approximately, half an hour driving distance from Leiria. This is one of the biggest Christian pilgrimage centres and a major tourism highlight of Portugal in the world, attracting thousands of pilgrims every year. Visited by Pope Paul VI and Pope John Paul II, the sanctuary was recently enriched by the construction of an outstanding work of religious architecture: the Holy Trinity Church.


Part of the Natural Park of Aire and Candeeiros Mountains, highly rich in terms of landscape and geology, is integrated in this region. This is the case of the grouts of Mira d'Aire, Santo António and Alvados, as well as the dinosaur track of Pedreira do Galinha. Besides, there are also plenty of viewpoints, walking trails and Medieval castles, such as Porto de Mós castle.


The coastline is beautiful and cosy. S. Pedro de Moel is one of the most picturesque beaches, situated in an open area of the pine forest with beautiful exemplars of leisure architecture. Colourful Nazaré beach is also a must-visit spot, along with the sand areas of Vieira and Pedrógão beaches.


Its gastronomy is rich and diversified: chicken in the pot, pork à Cister abbot, stone bass à Friar João or fried fishes of Lis River. Near the coast there are also ink fish bean stew, the Nazaré sardines, crab soup, eel stew and limpet rice. The main sweet specialities are: "brisas do lis", "cavacas", "trouxas de ovos", lampreys, olive oil biscuits of the Clarisse nuns, pine kernel biscuits, "broinhas", "tachinhos à Dom Abade", famous Alfezeirão sponge cake, Aljubarrota tarts and Bárrio small cheese cakes. Lastly, we can not forget the "ginginha" (cherry liqueur) of Alcobaça.


In terms of handicraft, you should draw your attention to pottery and china, weaving, embroideries, cotton cloth, handkerchiefs known as "Alcobaças", old or recent stone carvings, Bajouca clay, Nazaré dolls and boats, Mira de Aire weaving and street pavement art in white and black limestone by the pavement artists of Alqueidão da Serra. The Glass Route invites to a walk in homage to the glass industry of Marinha Grande with a century-old tradition, which also bets on contemporary design.


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