Nisa

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.

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Where to sleep in Nisa

Monte Filipe Hotel & Spa
Monte Filipe Hotel & Spa

4 star

Opened in 2013, mount Philip Hotel & SPA is a modern accommodation that stands out for its harmonious environment with the surrounding landscape. Its decoratio…

Residencial Nossa Senhora da Graça
Residencial Nossa Senhora da Graça

Accommodation with good presentation, comfortable, ideal for an overnight stay in this region, the services and prices with a friendly service.

Quinta dos Ribeiros
Quinta dos Ribeiros

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…

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