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 the Casa Museu José Régio. The housing where the poet lived, while he taught for more than thirty years, is a museum where are its collections, as well as personal objects. Nearby you can enjoy the Serra de São Mamede Natural Park. In addition to his viewpoints, with stunning views, the site invites you to unforgettable hiking. Is this mountain range that is the largest colony of bats in Europe. Other viewpoints locations provide magnificent views as those of Santa Luzia and da Senhora da Penha. In the capital of Alto Alentejo, the tapestries are the best-known crafts, there is even a Museu de Tapeçarias de Portalegre. To learn more about the County there is the interpretive center, inside the Castle, and the Municipal Museum. The cuisine gives the typical Alentejo flavours taste. On the menus of local restaurants is easy to find if the tomato soup, the "migas de pão" and lamb stew. In the city centre, discover the ramparts, manor houses and religious buildings. The "Porta do Alegrete" is one of the main entrances to the old medieval wall and the remains of the former convent of Santa Clara are the best-known monuments, alongside the Castle, the Cathedral and the monastery of São Bernardo. On Praça da República live city turmoil, by welcoming some traditional trade. Ever since the 19th century took the market town and was a major point of trade. To rest, the Jardim da Alameda da Liberdade is a good option. Has small lakes and shaded terraces of high trees, including a giant plane tree, with more than 20 meters high, located in the Rossio.
What to do in Portalegre
Castelo de Portalegre
Castle founded by Dom Dinis in 1290, deployed in the most Uptown. Originally, had a double wall with twelve towers and eight gates. This unique construction, only a few walls and panels of three towers.
Sé de Portalegre
Established in the 16th century this renaissance style construction underwent several modifications during the 18th century, especially on the outside. On the inside, there are 17th century tile panels and an outstanding collection of Mannerist paintings, unique of this kind in Portugal. More that ninety paintings make up the retables on the main altar and lateral chapels. Inside the Cathedral …
Parque Natural da Serra de São Mamede
On the plain Alentejo region, the very idea of a hill is like the idea of an oasis in the desert. But that is precisely what the São Mamede Hill Natural Park is. This magnificent set of mountains, the highest to the south of the Tagus river, spreads from Castelo de Vide to the southeast and is topped by the …
Museu da Tapeçaria de Portalegre Guy Fino
A museum devoted to the presentation, preservations and study of the Portalegre tapestries. It is composed of several areas of permanent exhibitions, a gallery of temporary exhibitions and an auditorium.
Convento do Beato António
The primitive Church completed in 1389, nothing remains. In the 15th and 16th centuries were modified the cloisters and other dependencies, having undergone too many changes in the 18th century. The 18TH century former convent survives, currently a part of …
Muralhas do Castelo de Portalegre / Fortificações de Portalegre
These walls with two doors were originally built on the 13th century. Later, on the 17th century, it was built the fortress with bastions from Portalegre enclosure.
Porta da Devesa
Door dated from the XIII and XIV centuries, that forms an arch over the Street 5 de Outubro.
Casa-Museu José Régio
A house where José Régio once lived, where artefacts the poet collected throughout his life can be seen. Among them, the collections of religious art and the regional craftswork.
Convento das Trinas de Mocambo
The first cloister consists of a vast landscaped quad. The Center, a granite font dated to the 17th century.The two-storey cloister has four double arches on each side, separated outwardly by foothills monumental equipped. The second cloister is identical configuration, …
This house was build in the middle of the 17th century; it suffered several transformations through the 18th and 19th centuries. From the original construction it only remains eleven windows in forged iron railings. The main door and the window …
Santuário de Nossa Senhora da Penha
The Sanctuary of Nossa Senhora da Penha is a Baroque chapel dated from the 17th century composed with one only nave, a main chapel and a campanile. On the inside the frescoes have to be pointed out.
Convento de Santa Clara / Biblioteca Municipal
Convent built in 1376 the Queen Dona Leonor Teles. Features mainly Gothic features, but also some Baroque and Renaissance details. Suffered renovations in the centuries XVI, XVIII and XX. Currently, works here the Municipal Library.
Castelo de Alegrete
Castle located in a border area that was the scene of many campaigns warriors. Amuralhamento construction of the fence, reinforced by towers semicilíndricas, due to a deal between the people of Alegrete and King Dinis: residents built the wall and …
Mosteiro de São Bernardo
This temple was constructed in 1530 and it suffered several transformations especially during the 18th century. From the original outline it kept the giants sustaining the main chapel. It presents a portico with round arch with cherubim. On the inside …
Museu Municipal de Portalegre
Museum opened in 1918 and located in a 16TH-century noble home, located next to the Cathedral. After restoration, it reopened in 2012. The museological and museographic program highlights include the collection of religious art and of stoneware. In the temporary …
Where to eat in Portalegre
Where to sleep in Portalegre
José Maria dos Reis Pereira, mais conhecido pelo pseudónimo de José Régio, ficaria com certeza satisfeito com a homenagem que a nova unidade hoteleira de Porta…
Four star Hotel located in the Centre of the city of Portalegre. It has 18 different rooms, including a room adapted for people with reduced mobility. All room…
Ponte de Sor
With an area that exceeds 800 square kilometers, Ponte de Sor is the largest municipality in the Portalegre district. The town's toponym is due to th…
Alter do Chão
Located in Alto Alentejo, the quiet Alentejo village of Alter do Chão is part of the Portalegre district. Its origin is closely linked to a Roman set…
The municipality of Gavião belongs to the district of Portalegre, in the North of Alentejo, at the confluence of the Alentejo with Ribatejo and Beira…
Castelo de Vide
Castelo de Vide is a picturesque village belonging to the district of Portalegre, with an ancient past, with origins at the top of an elevation in th…