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Solar do Forcado

The current owner and his late father were former forcados (performers of a specific style of Portuguese bullfighting), as attested by the many photos and paraphernalia that cover the walls of this atmospheric spot.…
Gallery in Portalegre

Museu da Tapeçaria de Portalegre Guy Fino

If there’s one thing you must visit in Portalegre, it’s this splendid museum. Opened in 2001, it contains brilliant contemporary creations from Portalegre’s unique tapestry factory. It’s named after the factory foun…
Castle in Portalegre


Portalegre’s castle, off Rua do Carmo, dates from the time of Dom Dinis. Its three restored towers offer good views across the town. There is a temporary exhibition gallery on the 1st floor.
Ruins in Portalegre

Fabrica de Cortiça Robinson

This abandoned cork factory is slowly being turned into a cultural centre. Until that happens, however, you can peer inside and wander through a warren of rooms where old machinery lies rusting. Founded in 1835 by a…
Historic Building in Portalegre

Convento de Santa Clara

Yet another of Portalegre’s hidden treasures, this former convent is now part of the municipal library, meaning you can freely wander around at will. It has an impressive cloister and a few azulejo-covered walls. Th…
Church in Portalegre

Mosteiro de São Bernardo

Dating from the 16th century, this striking monastery has some exquisite azulejos and a serene cloister. It’s set inside a GNR (Portugal’s military police) headquarters, but don’t be intimidated. The staff working t…
Cafe in Portalegre

Pátio da Casa Café Concerto

A bohemian air pervades this hidden glass-roofed patio cafe, with its chunky wooden tables, Moroccan glass lamps and world music soundtrack. Changing artwork adorns the walls, and there’s live music most weekends. A…
Tapas in Portalegre


For a different take on Portuguese cooking, head to this small eatery near the Praça da República, where you can assemble a first-rate meal from the varied sharing plates. Oven-baked Camembert with presunto (ham), s…
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O Poeiras Restaurante

Step into this cheerfully tiled eatery for satisfying plates of Alentejan cuisine that won't break the bank. Standout dishes include chicken piri-piri (chilli), borrego assado (roast lamb) and porco preto (Alentejan…
Museum in Portalegre

Museu Municipal

The local museum exhibits religious art of the 17th and 18th centuries, including paintings and furniture from the Convento de Santa Clara (now a public library) and Monastero de São Bernardo (now the National Gua…