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LEIRIA- Silver Coast
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regional overview

Leiria, which covers the southern section of the Silver Coast, is a great destination for those who love the outdoors and want to enjoy one of the quieter parts of Portugal. It has world-class surfing at Nazaré and Peniche and beautiful beaches below cliffs. Offshore, it has the Berlenga islands, which are accessible in the summer and which have crystal-clear waters ideal for snorkeling. Inland, there are vast pine forests and rolling hills, interspersed with charming towns and historic monuments, including Óbidos, Batalha and Alcobaça. Weather is good, mild in the winter and warm in the summer.

properties in LEIRIA- Silver Coast

Leiria district is a place with long sandy beaches, world-class surfing and an interior of low hills, pine forests and small villages, perfect for outdoors enthusiasts. Near Nazaré, a small coastal town, there are renovated farm cottages surrounding water-ways between sand dunes and hills. Óbidos, with all its history has places full of character and near Peniche, there are renovated fishermen's houses overlooking the sea. Heading north to the area around Leiria, Pombal and Batalha, there are farmhouses in quiet rural countryside, great for walking, caving and mountain-biking.

the great outdoors

Some of the best surfing areas in Europe are located in the Leiria region, the southern extension of the Silver Coast. With cliffs, rock platforms and curving beaches, Peniche and Nazaré stand out as prime surf spots, holding international surf competitions. On the water, Leiria also has good conditions for snorkeling, diving and kayaking, especially in the Berlenga islands. The hills and forests inland offer great conditions for hiking and mountain biking. For something quite remarkable, visit the limestone caves at Serra d'Aire, a great place for cavers.

historic towns & local culture

Leiria was a wealthy medieval region, being agriculturally fertile and relatively close to Lisbon's wealthy and aristocratic. Three places stand out from this era. First, Óbidos, a beautiful medieval and white-washed town, completely walled in and traditionally given as a wedding gift from kings to their new brides. Next, Batalha, a flamboyant Manueline-style 15th century monastery built to commemorate the victory against the Spanish at Aljubarrota. Third, Alcobaça, a once-opulent Cistercian monastery, built in the Gothic style and holding the tombs of two of Portugal's most romantic figures: Dom Pedro and Dona Inês de Castro.

best times to visit

Influenced by the sea, the weather in Leiria is mild in the winters and moderate in the summers, making it a good year-round destination. Surfers will enjoy the huge waves and empty beaches out of season, but the summer is probably best for those who want regular-sized waves. For those hiking, touring and biking, the most comfortable time of year is Spring and Autumn. If you're principally looking for warm weather, then anytime between May and October is usually fine and dry. Rainy days in the winter are ideal for seeing historic towns and monuments and even Lisbon is within easy reach for a day trip. In terms of festivals, there are many folkloric ones, as well as those focusing on medieval times, pianos and chocolates (Óbidos is a good place for these).

getting there & around

The Leiria region is very accessible and most easily reached from Lisbon airport, approximately one hour away by car. An alternative is to fly into Porto airport, two to three hours north, depending on which part of Leiria you are visiting. Although there are some public transport options, by far the best way of getting around is by car.
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