Though Leiria is surrounded by more popular tourist destinations it still holds a special type of charm, a charm that can be discovered with our Leiria car hire services. All the roads in the region to seem to be leading to Leiria, whether they’re coming from Alcobaca, Fatima or Coimbra. The city acts as sort of a geographical hub for the region and as such it offers a particular type of atmosphere to its visitors.
Leiria features an old quarter that houses some wonderful ancient monuments which are very much worth a visit, even when you consider that the modern part of the city is rather industrialized. However you can also explore the traditions of the surroundings via the many artisan products that you’ll find both in Leiria as well as its surroundings but in order to get there you’ll need the help of our Leiria car rental office.
The city is built partly on flatlands and partly on hills and on one such hill stands the town’s focus point, the Leiria Castle. This fortification has seen a lot of armed and violent history, being attacked several time by the Moors, especially when Leiria was the southern tip of the Portuguese Kingdom in medieval times. It has been very well restored and it maintains the characteristics of its 14th century shape.
Interesting to note is the fact that there is a vast pine forest surrounding the area and this was meant to fulfill two roles, the first one was to stabilize the earth so that the sea and the sands wouldn’t advance too much inland and on the other hand to provide the country with quality timber for shipbuilding. And indeed the ships that would be built with the timber from this forest would get to take part in the famous journeys of discovery of the Middle Ages.
There are quite a few more things to discover while in Leiria and especially when it comes to its surroundings but the only way in which you can do this without a lot of hassle will be with the help of our Leiria car hire services.