In the castle quarter, you will see fine examples of street art depicting major novels of Portuguese literature, along with inviting shops and pleasant cafés, where you can surrender to the Southern European way of life: finding pleasure in the small things and living life to the fullest!

There is something quite unique about the castle of Leiria, some sort of mysterious aura, attracting the Gothic tribes every year in August for a dark yet exciting music festival called Entremuralhas (literally, within the castle walls).

On your way up to the castle, take the chance to visit the Cathedral of Leiria, dating back to the 12th century, and the Museum of Image in Motion – m|i|m|o.

Another curiosity about Leiria: did you know that the clock tower of the Cathedral is located in the castle area, so that everyone could hear the calling for church?