Leiria is a city in Leiria Municipality in the Centro Region, Portugal. It is the capital of Leiria District. The city proper has 50,200 inhabitants and the entire municipality has nearly 120,000. It is the seat of the Roman Catholic Diocese of Leiria-Fátima. Leiria is located in the Centro Region and sub region of Pinhal Litoral, about halfway between Lisbon and Porto. The distance to Lisbon is 135 km, to Coimbra 72 km and to Porto 179 km. The historic city centre spreads between the castle hill and the river Lis.
Leiria is also included in the Urban Community of Leiria. As the main city in this community, the area of influence of Leiria spreads over the cities of Marinha Grande, Ourém, Alcobaça, Fátima, Pombal as well the municipalities/town seats of Batalha, Porto de Mós and Nazaré located nearby.
Leiria is serviced by several motorways (A1 A8 A17 A19), including the A1 - Auto-estrada do Norte linking Oporto to Lisbon, passing by Coimbra and Leiria. A railway Linha do Oeste (west railway line linking Cacém (Sintra/Lisbon area) to Figueira da Foz). Leiria railway station is a few km from the city centre (about 2 km). The main bus station service is in the city centre. There is a small airfield (Aérodromo de Leiria), used for sports and recreation. Two bus loops, called Mobilis, serve the town. Leiria is close to the Atlantic Ocean.