If you think that the only sport in Leiria is window shopping, think twice! By the river Lis – that unlike other rivers, it flows to the North (another curiosity of Leiria) – there is a pleasant area, ideal for biking and walking.
Pé do Rio is the name of a very cool restaurant facing the river with a great terrace that you must include on your Leiria to do list! This is certainly Leiria’s most beautiful terrace.
On the left of the river, there are two exciting museums that will surely amaze you: the Paper Mill Museum and Museum of Leiria.
Leiria was the first city in Portugal to produce paper in the 15th century. Therefore, the Paper Mill Museum is so important for understanding the identity of the city. Refurbishment works of the building were carried out by Pritzker award-winning Portuguese architect Siza Vieira.
Also on the left bank of the river, another must-go museum, this one devoted to the history of Leiria. Housed in a remarkable turquoise building next to the ancient Santo Agostinho, the brand new Museum of Leiria. This modern museum tells the story of the city in the most challenging way. The greatest highlight of the museum being “Menino do Lapedo” – a fossil of a child from Initial Upper Palaeolithic that was found in Lapedo Valley in Leiria in 1998, a very important finding of human evolution.