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“You can feel the HISTORY”
Review of Castelo de Leiria

Castelo de Leiria
Ranked #1 of 24 things to do in Leiria
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Oeiras, Portugal
Level 6 Contributor
557 reviews
129 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 238 helpful votes
“You can feel the HISTORY”
Reviewed August 15, 2012

One of the most beautiful castles in Portugal, it is well kept and you can see several ruins inside. The Torre de Menagem has a nice small "museum" with medieval weapons, and you have an amazing view from the top. also worth a visit is the "Paço Novo" with am amazing window/terrasse dominating Leiria region. You just need to be aware that it is a steep climb to get there, but definitely worth avisit.

Visited August 2012
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Leira, Leiria, Portugal
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“old beAUTY”
Reviewed July 26, 2012

GREAT city view, great arquitecture, great museum, and great gardens! you can see all city, you can walk in castle garden ande you can sit with your girlffriend or your friends. you can visit this monument with a cultural intrest. the castle have guide visits and free visits

Visited July 2012
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Nottingham, England, United Kingdom
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“Haunting and Majestic”
Reviewed July 4, 2012

A short walk from town, visiting the majestic ruined Castello of Leiria was one of our favourite experiences in Portugal. Partly because it was so quiet when we visited, because there were only a few other visitors and most of the time we had the place to ourselves, and enjoyed the atmospheric towers and walkways alone. It was great fun for us visiting, as I think in the UK you wouldn’t be allowed to wander about in the ruins to the extent that you can here, and being able to get up close and have a look at the carvings etc. was great fun!

The ruined church was particularly eerie and beautiful with the delicately carved interior being exposed to the elements, and has a bleached, ghostly quality, Although not overgrown, the Castello has begun to return to nature in parts, which adds to its poignancy.

There is a small museum up the main tower which holds some interesting replicas of weaponry, and small finds discovered around the Castello. There is also a great view from on top of the tower!

There are bathrooms at the Castello, and some areas have been rebuilt – there is also a small visitors room (in which there is little else apart from the ticket seller!) at the entrance where you pay admission – very much worth it for only a few euros.

Visited June 2012
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Porto, Portugal
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11 attraction reviews
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“Castelo Leiria a must when visiting Central Portugal”
Reviewed April 16, 2012

The Castle was constructed in the 12th century by order of our first King "Afonso Henriques".
During the 15th Century was transformed into a Royal Palace.
Leiria is a very pleasant city and is a must to visit the Castle that dominates Leiria's sky line.

Visited March 2012
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“The best view of the city”
Reviewed October 18, 2011

A very nice castle! The best place to go and spend several hours looking to the city. Just a corner away from the city Soccer Stadium.

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