With Portugal being in lockdown since the end of January, and with me working from home, there hasn’t been a lot of opportunity to go out, unless for the strictly necessary – grocery shopping, doctor appointments, you know the drill – not things I necessarily enjoy doing. Of course, the rule is also to stay at home. And during the weekends (when I would actually be able to go somewhere) crossing counties is prohibited and, what’s worse for me, the roads that take us to the beach are being controlled by the police. I don’t live in the city centre, and going to a stroll by the sea is one of the small pleasures of living here. It’s also near me. But even that was taken away from us.
I decided to drive in the opposite direction to the city centre this Saturday. Going a bit against the rules. But I really needed a break. To go out and force myself to look at something that isn’t a book or a screen (my eyes have been crying for help…). And my camera came along!
Where is Leiria?
Typically, when I say I’m from Portugal, I’m always asked, Lisbon? Porto? No, and no. Leiria is in between these two cities, a bit closer to Lisbon, to be more accurate. It is located in Central Portugal, near the coastline. It is not a tourist hotspot – tourists either stop here for a few hours on their way south or north (or even when visiting Fátima, the religious town not too far from Leiria). To be honest, it’s enough time to visit the city, take a picture of the castle (in my opinion one of the most beautiful castles of Portugal), and continue.
I hadn’t been in the old part of my hometown for a long time. My high school was right next to the castle, so I spent those three years going up the hill for classes. But I loved it – studying there and being able to walk those streets on a daily basis.
Years later, here I was was. Back for a nice walk in a sunny day, enjoying the empty streets and taking the chance to peacefully take some photos – and now I’m sharing them with you!
I hope you have enjoyed this post about my city! I really do like the Old Town and I’m pleased to see that the city is investing in renovating it. Unfortunately, the pandemic hit the local shops very harshly, and I fear some of the restaurants and shops won’t be able to reopen.
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