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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…
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Tomba Lobos

A stylish newcomer to Portalegre, Tomba Lobos serves beautifully prepared dishes that showcase the high-quality produce of the Alentejo. Roasted lamb, hare with white beans and codfish rice are a few of the many sta…
Ruins in Portalegre

Museu e Fundação Robinson

For an alternative view of Portugal, take a guided tour through an abandoned cork factory, winding through a warren of rooms where old machinery lies rusting. Founded in 1835 by Englishman Thomas Reynolds, the facto…
Cafe in Portalegre

Pátio da Casa Café Concerto

A bohemian air pervades this hidden glass-roofed patio cafe, with its chunky wooden tables and world music soundtrack. Changing artwork adorns the walls, and there’s live music most weekends. At other times, it draw…
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Sal e Alho

About a 10-minute walk (700m) north of the historical centre, Sal e Alho is famous in these parts for its hearty traditional cooking. Come for game meats – like javali (wild boar) or febre (hare) or signature plates…
Music in Portalegre

Festival One Man Band

Over one weekend in mid October, this festival brings performers from Portugal and four or five other countries who show off their solo skills in blues, rock, folk and other styles. It typically happens in the Centr…
Portuguese in Portalegre

Restaurante-Cervejaria Santos

One of Portalegre’s only al fresco eating spots has good regional choices, including migas and tasty daily specials (like grilled pork loin or oven-baked cherne with cream and field greens). The stone-walled interio…
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…
Cathedral in Portalegre

In 1550 Portalegre became the seat of a new diocese and soon got its own cathedral. The pyramid-pointed, twin-towered 18th-century facade sombrely presides over the whitewashed Praça do Município. The sacristy conta…