The Leiria castle overlooks the city and the most ancient pine
forest in Portugal.
Located midway between fellow UEFA EURO 2004 host cities Lisbon and
Coimbra, the city of Leiria is known for its large pine forest, which was planted by King D. Dinis in the 13th century, and the magnificent castle that overlooks the whole city.
With about 105,000 inhabitants, Leiria has developed into a thriving city which has a lively and varied economy. Cement, plaster, ceramics, plastics, moulds, wood, furniture, wine, horticulture, fruit, pig farming, commerce, tourism and spas provide just some of the city’s livelihood.
However, despite the industrial nature of many of its major concerns