Portalegre Travel Guide

  • Alegrete Castle - Alegrete, Portalegre
    Alegrete Castle - Alegrete, Portalegre
    by J_Antunes
  • Alegrete Castle - Alegrete, Portalegre
    Alegrete Castle - Alegrete, Portalegre
    by J_Antunes
  • Alegrete Castle - Alegrete, Portalegre
    Alegrete Castle - Alegrete, Portalegre
    by J_Antunes

Portalegre Things to Do

  • Republic square

    Main square in the old quarter, compensates in personality what it misses in commercial use and life. A few small places, with the slow Alentejo's pace. City Hall dominates the square.

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  • Alegrete Castle

    In the small town of Alegrete the castle is today a bit ruined, but has beautiful views over the natural park. It dates back to the XIV century.

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  • Historical Center of Alegrete

    Alegrete, a small town that belongs to Portalegre city council, has a beatiful historical center composed by a few streets, a XVI century church and a XVII century watch tower.

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  • Cathedral

    Started in the 16th century, the final version was only completed in the 18th. Interesting, but not remarkable.

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  • Old Town

    Walking in the old town is a nice and relaxing experience. The city shows the transition between Alentejo and Beira, with stone added to the white walls , but in a lighter way than in the north. Several palaces and churches may be seen, along the narrow cobblestone streets.

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  • Portas de Alegrete

    Portalegre was a fortified city: it had a double wall, with twelve towers and seven gates which are supposed to have been ordered by King Don Dinis, in XIII-XIVth century. Some of the gates doesn't exist presently. But this one remains almost untouched. It allows to enter to Praça da Republica. Portalegre era una ciudad fortificada: tenia doble...

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  • Palacio Amarelo

    Beautiful palace, built between XVIIth and XIXth century. The ironwork of the balconies and windows is what remains from the original building. It's a pity that it is not better preserved: too many dampness spots on its walls...Bonito palacio, construido entre los siglos XVII y XIX. La forja de sus balcones y ventanas es lo que queda del edificio...

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  • Coat of arms

    The Mercy hospital has a wonderfull Coat of arms of the region. The first documented portuguese coat of arms goes back to the first half of the eleventh century, at the time of Sancho I and Sancho II. It was silver, charged by five blue escutcheons disposed in the form of a cross; the points of the side ones pointing toward the center.

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  • Mercy Hospital

    This building was considered by local authorities as local interest building. Built in the XVIth century, the hospital was before the Mercy Saint House of Portalegre. The architecture has rococo, barroque and manueline (Portuguese style) features and it's worth your visit.

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  • Guy Fino Carpet Museum

    This museum, dedicated to Carpet Weaving in Portalegre, was set up by the Municipal Council. The city gained these facilities designed to present, preserve and study this unique form of craftsmanship as well as pay homage to the work of Guy Fino, founder of the Portalegre Carpet Manufacturing.The former Castelo-Branco residence was converted in an...

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  • Inside the Cathedral

    In the main chapel, note the work of the sculptor and engraver Gaspar Coelho and painters Francisco Venegas, Fernao Gomes and Simao Rodrigues. The remaining paintings in the church are attribute to the Portalegre School, Cristovao Vaz de Lisboa, Diogo Teixeira, Pedro Alvares Pereira de Coimbra and the Espanhola School. In the Cathedral, it is also...

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  • Castle Walls

    Perched on the city´s highest point, Portalegre Castle is proof of the position´s strategic importance so close to Spain. With little prior documentation surviving, it is known that the defensive system was overhauled by king Dinis, at the end of the 13th and the beginning of the 14th century when the city again became a royal possession. It was...

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Portalegre Restaurants

  • Quality and sympathy

    A strange name in a discreet door in a quit street was the entrance to a simple restaurant, for my best experience in Portalegre. I went there by recommendation of some locals, and I'm thankful to them. All the staff was extremely nice, and the food a success. We wanted "Sopa de Cação" which was not in the menu, but the waiter called the cooker,...

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  • Past & present

    In this restaurant, inspired in the tradition of bullfighting and horse riding, you find local dishes re-interpreted in a contemporary fashion. The food and wine selection are excellent. Espetadas de Touro Bravo - Wild Bull Skewers

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  • "Bacalhau" and a lot more

    Eating in Portugal is always a pleasure for me: I love their hundreds of ways of cooking the "bacalhau" (cod), their desserts and I love "salsa" (a kind of spice that Portuguese people use frequently). This restaurant in Portalegre offers a delicious "Bacalhau a Gomes de Saa" (minced cod with fried chopped onions, potatoes and boiled eggs), but...

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Portalegre Transportation

  • The best way to go to...

    The best way to go to Portalegre is by car or by bus.If you go by car,wich is the best way,you'll be able to visit some other nice places on the way trough Alentejo.From Lisbon you go by the A2 highway and then on the direction to the city of Évora.There you take the road to Portalegre.It's that easy!

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  • The best way to go to...

    The best way to go to Portalegre is by car or by bus.If you go by car,wich is the best way, you'll be able to visit some other nice places on the way trough Alentejo. From Lisbon you go by the A2 highway and then on the direction to the city of Évora.

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  • From Lisbon or from any other...

    From Lisbon or from any other place, there should be train or buses. You can always rent a car. It's a 2 hour journey from Lisbon. And the car it's gonna be very usefull once you get there.Rent a Car. a 4x4 should be better.

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Portalegre Shopping

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    by hojasdehierba Written Nov 16, 2005

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    This little shop in commercial area in Portalegre sells mainly wines, several kinds of sausages, cheeses and homemade pastries. Don't forget it is a good area for enjoying all kind of products made on pork meat and that Portuguese wines are quite good.

    What to buy: Esta tiendecita en la zona comercial de Portalegre vende principalmente vinos, varios tipos de embutidos, quesos y pasteleria casera. No olvideis que es una buena zona para disfrutar de todo tipo de productos derivados de la carne de cerdo y tampoco que los vinos portugueses son bastante buenos.

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Portalegre Local Customs

  • Cultural events

    The interior part of Portugal suffers a lot with emigration, abroad and to the littoral. To contribute to the dynamization of these areas is common the public organizations to plan regular events there. That's what took me to Portalegre, a city that, otherwise, would be far for my priorities. But is was a good idea, and I really loved the city.

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  • People from the old villages...

    People from the old villages like monsaraz and marvão are very friendly, and are used to tourists. When passing by greet them.

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  • Portalegre Hotels

    2 Hotels in Portalegre

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Portalegre Off The Beaten Path

  • Penha

    Facing and overlooking Portalegre there's a mount with a cross in its top, with the best views of the area. On its slope, and easily accessible, there's a chapel from the 17th century that... I don't know! We arrived there at nightfall, received by dog's barking, with clothes drying by the chapel's entrance and... we left. What is really that?

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  • Tapestry Manufacturing of Portalegre

    I was curious about this building, understanding that it should have played a significant role in town. Well, as you may read in the link below, it seems to be a still working factory, and that, in the center of a town, it's, today, a remarkable exception.

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    by solopes Updated Dec 30, 2012

    Favorite thing: 30 years ago I passed, without stopping, by Portalegre (to be precise, I stopped just the time enough to take a general picture). Now, I WENT to Portalegre, and visited it.

    Comparing two pictures, took almost in the same position, it's easy to understand the slow evolution suffered by most of the cities inland. That is bad, in terms of development, but good, in terms of preservation.

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    • Architecture

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