The picturesque village of Nisa is part of Portalegre's district and its landscape is inseparable from the Tagus and Sever rivers and from Serra de São Miguel. Its origins date back to pre-Roman times, of which traces have remained all over the county. It is assumed that the toponym derives from the name of a woman of Greek origin. Between the first charter (1232) and its renewal (1512), Nisa went through turbulent periods, partly marked by struggles between Dom Dinis and his brother Dom Afonso. The architectural heritage of Nisa contemplates the antiquity of the settlement, the Romanisation and the Middle Ages. There are several monuments of the 16th-century, Manueline portals, noble residences, public works related to the populations water supply, among other monuments spread out in museums of the municipality. The main economic activities of the municipality are the commerce and the farming industry. The craft industry takes on expression through pottery, with unique pieces of red clay, given the existence of various clay types. The lace, "frioleiras" and the felt applications are also characteristic of the region. Nisa is famous for its cheeses and sausages. The Queijo de Nisa (cheese from Nisa) and the Queijo mestiço de Tolosa (Tolosa cheese) are the exponents of these protected products. The cuisine is abundant: sopa de cachola (pork giblets soup) or sopa de sarapatel (lamb giblets soup), the feijão de cor das festas (cowpeas dish), alhada de cação (dogfish with a garlic sauce), pezinhos de borrego (lamb foot stew), febrinhas da matança (fried pork steaks), maranhos (stuffed goat sausages) or papas de milho (corn porridge) are the most worthy examples. In confectionery the special highlight goes to the barquinhos (shiff-shaped pastries with an egg and chocolate filling), the rebuçados de ovos (egg candies), queijadas de Nisa (Nisa-style cheese pastries) and the Nizas.
Where to eat in Nisa
What to do in Nisa
Castelo de Amieira do Tejo
Castle built by d. Álvaro Gonçalves Pereira in 1350, having been the target of several modifications in the following centuries. This castle was a vast line of forts and watchtowers that protected the much attacked banks of Tagus River. Its architectural conception indicates a function-oriented protection and refuge of the people. This contradicted granite Castle is an important symbol of …
Ermida de Nossa Senhora dos Prazeres
16TH century temple, rebuilt about traces of another, possibly from the 14th century. The interior features a ribbed Dome, painted, taking the Center a cross of Christ. In place of this Chapel are also two other churches that usually host …
Igreja da Misericórdia de Nisa
Monument of religious type consisting of nave, chancel, vestry and a former hospital. The highlight inside goes to the vault, the transept, some decorative details of stonework and the Bell of the main façade. Pay attention in the spans of …
Olaria Regional de Nisa
Os desenhos nos barros, motivos florais simétricos, são riscados pelos oleiros no barro ainda fresco e preenchidos com pequenas pedras brancas. Este trabalho é feito, habitualmente, por mulheres. As peças mais conhecidas são as vasilhas para a água. A olaria …
Porta de Montalvão
This door with an arch has a tombstone framed by the Christ Cross and quinas. It presents three crenels and still possesses the lock holes and boxes.
Porta da Vila de Nisa
This is a medieval door with a round arch supported by two prominent towers with several Coats Of Arms. It is still possible to see the lock holes. One of the towers is attached to the watch tower and the …
Jardim do Rossio
This modern, spacious garden, with abundant vegetation, can be a pleasant place to rest. Inside, there is a pond and a gazebo. Has children's playground.
Percurso Pedestre à descoberta de São Miguel (PR5)
With this course you will learn more about the Sierra de s. Miguel and what this guard. Starts at the Foot of the Sierra (where should visit the Chiesa Madre (mother church) and the type of houses), takes place in …
Percurso Pedestre Descobrir o Tejo (PR2)
As its name indicates, this route will take you to learn a little more about the South Bank of the Tagus. It's an easy ride because they're just 4.25 kilometers and 1:30 walking. Begins in elementary school of Old floor. …
Percurso Pedestre Olhar sobre a Foz (PR3)
Pedestrian path of 5.75 miles and with the anticipated length of 2:0. Begins on the Veiled hydroelectric plant, built in 1935; follow along with Ribeira de Nisa. After passing the point where this intersects with the Tagus is the hardest …
Percurso Pedestre Trilho das Jans (PR1)
Pedestrian path with the extension of 12.6 kilometres and the duration of 3:30 h. The richness of this course is on diversity of vegetation, which provides panoramic views at strategic points along the route, and on avifauna inhabiting the margins …
Percurso Pedestre Trilho do Conhal (PR4)
First of all, be aware that the Conhal is a heap extensive formed by pebbles that are piled up. This route starts at the average difficulty Arneiro and goes towards the serra de s. Miguel. Along 9.8 kilometers of road …
Percurso Pedestre Trilhos do Moinho Branco (PR8)
Another route beginning on passing the river and Masroor Sever. Until you reach the White Mill there are many points of interest, whether natural or architectural, along 14 miles of road. The shale predominates. At this point the route stop …
Praia Fluvial de Amieira do Tejo
This is another of the places bathed by the waters of the Tagus River that can and should be dipped, in addition to being another place of unique flora and fauna. The picnic Park is mandatory stop, since it provides …
Percurso Pedestre Rota dos Açudes (PR6)
Beginning in the village of Salavessa, filled with typical houses, this route will be taken down the Tagus till you find a pontoon to the water edge you will get to a dam and the bowels of serra de São …
Fonte da Pipa
Source built in 1706 by João Alvares, in granite, with tank and porch in masonry. Despite the sobriety of the building has a classical decoration.
Praça de Touros de Nisa
The square opened in 1928, with circular arena in sand, with seven doors of verga, shutters and trench painted red, cement countertops to occupy eight rings.
Percurso Pedestre Entre Azenhas (PR7)
Pedestrian path with 6.5 miles long and anticipated length of 2:30 h. Starts at Masroor, where there is no shortage of monuments of historical and cultural interest to visit. Follows the threshing floor of Finn through Rails and steep slopes …
Cine-Teatro de Nisa
Space that usually receive not only film sessions, and other cultural and artistic initiatives: Theater and concerts are just a few examples.
Termas de Nisa
Once used freely by the population since the late 18th century, the Termas da Fadagosa de Nisa are today a thermal complex modernly equipped. The spring of Fadagosa is located 11 kilometers from the village of Nisa, the waters being …
Anta 1 de São Gens
Anta funeral home of Hall consisting of five pillars of granite with slight inclination that support the hat, by camera and a door that separates this corridor structure, where they can meet a few stones still.
Where to sleep in Nisa
Opened in 2013, mount Philip Hotel & SPA is a modern accommodation that stands out for its harmonious environment with the surrounding landscape. Its decoratio…
Accommodation with good presentation, comfortable, ideal for an overnight stay in this region, the services and prices with a friendly service.
Situated in the Alentejo, this farm is integrated in a farm with about 70 acres and has a really nice house, with eight comfortable rooms, offering a variety o…
Although born and died in Vila do Conde, José Régio lived in Portalegre. It is not difficult to find in this region references to the writer, as is t…
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Elvas belongs to the municipality of Portalegre, has twelve kilometers distance from Spain and is separated from it by the Caia and Guadiana rivers. …