The City and Municipality of Leiria, which has been pointed out as an example of thriving and entrepreneurial dynamism in economy for years, has its main sustainability in commerce, agriculture, ceramics and plastics, moulds and cement industries.
This capital city of the District, with over 125,00 inhabitants, is located in the Centre Region of Portugal, about 137 kilometres from Lisbon and 177 kilometres from Oporto. There are four motorways passing the city: A1, A8, A17 and A19. There is also a railway Linha do Oeste (west railway line) which serves the central western coast of Portugal, being the railway station a few km from the city centre. The main bus station is located in the city centre and the bus service Mobilis connects the centre to its parishes and surrounding neighbourhoods.
In Leiria there’s plenty to do and visit: city squares bursting with life ( Rodrigues Lobo Square), landmarks such as the medieval castle, historic churches ( Sé , the catedral or Igreja de S. Pedro, a Romanesque church ) and museums such as Moinho de Papel ( medieval paper mill on the bank of the Lis), Mimo ( museum of the moving image) or Museu de Leiria ( settled in the extinct Convent of Santo Agostinho).