Portel

Being one of the oldest counties of Alentejo, its past is filled with spoils miscellaneous, despite there being many concrete data about the history leading up to the 13th century. The municipality traces abound that indicate human occupation ancestor, but it is known that Portel is the result of a donation made by d. Afonso III to d. João Peres de Aboim, later D. João de Portel, essential figure in the history of this county, who was due to the construction of the Castle and fortress. From 1836, the municipality was progressively increased, being composed, currently eight parishes. Its heritage has several churches, hermitages, with the Castle (a National Monument) and other monuments of great interest for the municipality. Agriculture is the main livelihood of the people of Portel, which keep their field very well arranged, thanks also to the Barragem do Alqueva, which improve soil irrigation. The cuisine is stuffed: soups (tomato and fish), "enchidos e queijos", black pork dishes and game, lamb, all drizzled with herbs, are the main. In pastry, pupias, "bolo de mel", "biscoitos", "bolos folhados", "pastéis de grão", "borrachos" or "filhoses" are a bit everywhere.

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