Some Beaches near Leiria...
The region has a wide number of picturesque beaches, some more cosmopolitan, others more traditional. The Beach of Pedrógão, such as Vieira, reflects the ancient art of fishing in typical boats. The fishing tradition reflects itself nowadays in the local gastronomy.
A soft sandy beach, of iodine sea, a tonic of blue waves that fulfil the wishes of water lovers.
One of Portugal’s most typical beaches full of tradition and legend. A delightful beach was once essentially a fishing village. Today, one can still witness the ancient art of fishing – Arte Xávega (May and June) – reborn in the call of the boatmasters.
|S. Martinho do Porto|
A perfect beach and a dazzing bay, S. Martinho do Porto, in Alcobaça’s county, has the shape of a shell with colour blue waters and excellent for water sports. The bay has a natural harbour entrance of 250 metres, between the hills of Santana, to the lighthouse, to the north.
|S. Pedro de Moel|
Characteristic by its aristocratic and cosmopolitan air, it is an elegant summer stay. Land of poets it was ever since linked to the Pine Forest itself which evolves and protects it, Paredes da Vitória, Água de Madeiros e Polvoeira, quiet beaches and also in permanent connection with the National Forest.
|Pedra do Ouro|
You can reach this beach by the main road, parallel to the coast. A few years ago, the pine trees that occupied this area of the Portuguese shore was, at this exact place, completely interrupted, giving place to several houses that, despite everything, appeared in an attractive and relatively orderly way.
Foz do Arelho
Winter or Summer... What a thrill!! With a paradise beach, on one side, the lagoon, and on the other, the sea, and many other beaches, hidden between the rocks; several thrilling places where you can relax, having drinks, playing Pool, Snooker or Ping-Pong; for those who prefer the night to have fun, we recommend Solar da Paz (near the lagoon), and the Green Hill Disco, one of the best dancing places in the country.
Some Monuments near Leiria...
Ancient village, its name is related to the battle won by the King João I, on the 14th August 1385, against the Castilian invader. Aljubarrota became one of the strongest symbols of independence, cohesion and national pride.
|Castle of Leiria|
Surveilling the city of Leiria, its castle was the stage of many Portuguese History marking events.The beginning of its construction dates from the twelfth century and, during its edification, the castle passed through many reigns, suffering different interventions. After the several battles it went through, from the ones against the Moors to the French Invasions, the monument was partially destroyed. Visit this castle and get into the historical past of Portugal. Its Donjon, has recently been adapted into a small museum and assumes an important part of the monument.
|Castle of Ourém|
Involved by the historic city centre, the Castle of Ourém is placed in the top of the hill. Built with triangular plant, the Castle is formed by three towers, having in the centre a big courtyard with a huge ogival cistern, fed by a water spring. At the south side, facing the castle, the Palace of the Count D. Afonso rises with its palatial style.
|Castle of Pombal|
Born in the top of the hill of Santo Amaro, the construction of the Castle of Pombal has influenced the development of the south side of the city. Gualdim Pais was the responsible for the construction of the Castle, in order to block the moors and later on the Castilians, forcing the successive reconstructions.
|Castle of Porto de Mós|
The Castle of Porto de Mós can be seen in any part of the town, due its big pointed green towers Conquered to the Moors by D. Afonso Henriques in 1148, it would lately regain its palatial characteristics due to the intervention of D. Sancho I, D. Dinis and D. Afonso’s – Count of Ourém. Of the five original towers, only three remain presently, due to the constant Moorish attacks and later due to the earthquakes.
|Monastery of Alcobaça|
The Abbey of Santa Maria de Alcobaça was also elected as a World Heritage site. It was founded in 1178 by the Cistercian Order. It grew along the valleys of the Rivers Alcoa and Baça, to fulfil a pledge made by the King Afonso Henriques to the Cistercian Monks, when he conquered Santarém from the Moors.
|Monastery of Batalha|
The Monastery of Santa Maria da Vitória (XIVth century), built to fulfil the vow made by King John I to the Virgin, commemorates the Portuguese victory at the decisive Battle of Aljubarrota against the Castillians. The monastery, now elected by UNESCO as World Heritage, is a grand monument to the closing phase of Portuguese Gothic and the first in which Manueline Art appeared.
The Sanctuary of Our Lady of the Rosary of Fátima, placed at Cova da Iria, possesses today not only a vast assemblage of buildings as well as a wide open air sanctuary with an area of 86400 m2 that can receive around 300.000 people.
The activities centre is, besides the Apparitions Chapel, the Basilica, which foundation stone was blessed on the 13th of May 1928 by the Archbishop of Évora, D. Manuel da Conceição Santos.
Still in the Sanctuary open area one should visit the Big Holm-oak, the Monument to the Sacred Heart of Jesus, which stands in the middle of the square, the Lausperene Chapel, the Monument that houses a piece of the Berlin Wall and also, beyond the D. José Alves Correia da Silva Avenue, the Pastoral Centre Paul VI.
At 2 km from the Sanctuary, in Fátima, chief town of the parish, one can visit the Parish Church where the seers were baptized, as well as the cemetery where Francisco and Jacinta have been buried for some years.
One can also visit the House of the little shepherds and the Ethnographical Museum, in Aljustrel, and in Valinhos the Monument to Our Lady, the Loca do Anjo (the “place” of the Angel), the Stations of the Cross and the Calvary. On the north side of the Sanctuary visit the Wax Museum of Fátima and the 1917 Apparitions Museum, on the south side, the Sacred Art and Ethnology Museum of Fátima.
Handicrafts that have survived the passing of the years, strengthen local cultures and are the heritage and the soul of our people. The soul of a Region...
Arts & crafts in the area...
Faience and porcelain; red clay works; crystals; traditional weaving; embroideries; Alcobaça's printed cottons (Chitas) and the scarves, known as "Alcobaças".
Stone carving; stone-art of ancient or recent carving; stained-glass window work; wicker basketwork; tinwork; cooperage and traditional weaving.
Basketwork; tinwork and saddler-work, and potteries from Bajouca.
Glass production (with a blow-pipe and blown shaped) and crystal, bottles and demijohns packed with straw, miniatures of typical wooden boats from Vieira's Beach.
Dolls dressed with the typical costume, miniatures of typical boats made in wood, buoys, fishing nets, panniers and sailors' art (sailors' knots). OURÉM Weaving, basketwork, rush-doormats, tinwork, cooperage. Find in Fátima religious objects, some handmade. POMBAL Hand-painted tiles, ceramics, basketwork, embroideries, tinwork, and the famous "esparto mats" from Ilha.
PORTO DE MÓS
Leather and macramé handicraft, carpets, rags' blankets, rugs and stair-carpets from rags and made in hand-weavers; rush-basketwork; Juncal's ceramics; pottery from Tremoceira, Cruz da Légua and Moitalina; weaving from Mira de Aire; rags-work and embroideries from Porto de Mós and the street-paving art, in black and white limestone, by the pavers of Alqueidão da Serra.
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