Portalegre

Strategically located on a plateau of Serra de São Mamede, Portalegre’s origin is roman. Textiles, tapestries and silk gave it prosperity in the sixteenth and seventeenth centuries from which some Renaissance mansions in the old town remain. There are still traces of the thirteenth century Castle such as the donjon which offers nice views over the city.

Portalegre is also a modern city with work by contemporary architects such as Pardal Monteiro, Carrilho da Graça and Sequeira Mendes who designed some of the buildings in the city.

Portalegre is the capital of the district that includes the following counties: Alter do Chão, Arronches, Avis, Campo Maior, Castelo de Vide, Crato, Elvas, Fronteira, Gavião, Marvão, Monforte, Nisa, Ponte de Sor, Portalegre, Sousel. 

 

Crafts

The tapestries of Portalegre are the main attraction of the city. In addition there is still tradition in manufacture of cork products. The tradition of clay is very old in Nisa, and this type of work is totally distinct from what we can find in the rest of the country because the items are adorned with embed pebbles. In the district we can also find tin work, saddlery, pottery, embroidery and lace, tiles, wrought iron, clay musical instruments, work in silk and baskets in chestnut wood.

 

To visit

Marvão

Amoreira Aqueduct – Elvas

Serra de São Mamede Natural Park – Portalegre

Castelo de Vide

Chapel of Bones – Campo Maior

 


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