Leiria

is set to become more popular especially with younger career-minded people and also those interested in the growing tourism markets outside of the Algarve.

Leiria is ideally situated for easy road travel from Lisbon or Porto and is well connected by rail, the coast is 15 minutes away and the whole area is crammed with areas and places of historical interest.

The real estate market is varied throughout the district of Leiria from the townhouses and apartments of the city itself to the rural properties contained within Leiria’s many councils and parishes.

 The councils or (concelhos) of Leiria are  ALCOBAÇA , ALVAIÁZERE, ANSIÃO , BATALHA, BOMBARRAL, CALDAS DA RAINHA, CASTANHEIRA DE PÊRA, FIGUEIRÓ DOS VINHOS, LEIRIA, MARINHA GRANDE,  NAZARÉ, ÓBIDOS, PEDRÓGÃO GRANDE, PENICHE, POMBAL and PORTO DE MÓS.

The history of Leiria like much of Portugal can be traced back to Roman, Visigoth, and Moorish occupations and there is still plenty of archaeological evidence to go and take a look at the gothic palace in Batalha nearby Leiria is a must-see, as is Nazare and Obidos.

Leiria has its own castle built to prevent the Moors from retaking the town once it had been repatriated by Afonso Henriques, it was in the middle ages that the importance of Leiria increased with feudal government factions hosting themselves there.

Throughout the centuries Leiria has grown, in the 15th century the gothic palace was built on the orders of the King and partially restored in the 20th century it is the finest piece of Gothic architecture in Portugal.

Modern-day Leiria has a number of industries largely down to its favorable location, the industries include plastic molding, chemical, and steel fabrication industries. 

As the Portuguese economy rises to meet its European counterparts, Leiria will become an important centre both economically and politically and in the meantime the continued rise in golf courses and other leisure-based industries will continue.

This of course will fuel the demand for property in Leiria and offer ever better rental returns for the property investors wanting to enter the Leiria property market.