Inside the city walls are faded baroque mansions and relics of the town’s textile-manufacturing heyday – wool was the mainstay in the 18th century, cork in the 19th century and tapestries in the 20th. Even today Portalegre stays true to its legacy of natty threads – the Portalegre Tapestry Factory still produces extraordinary tapestries of artworks by famous modern artists, and there’s a fabulous museum showcasing the work.
The town’s former glory is recorded in stone: faded 17th-century baroque town houses and mansions dot Rua 19 de Junho to the southeast.
Portalegre has some reasonable restaurants. Praça da República is the place for cheap eats and alfresco drinks when the weather is warm.
Drinking & Nightlife
For outdoor drinking, take your pick of the spots around Praça da República and to a lesser extent Largo do Dr Frederico Laranjo.