Portalegre is a town located in the Alentejo region, sub-region of Alto Alentejo, with about 15,350 inhabitants.
Located in the heart of the Serra de S. Mamede Natural Park, Portalegre presents a very interesting wealth from the point of view of the natural heritage and nature conservation. Eagles and other wild animals such as deer and wild boars live among chestnut and oak forests, while megalithic traces of prehistoric times. Portalegre itself is of Roman origin but you can find beautiful houses from the Baroque and the Renaissance periods. With an excellent environmental quality, Portalegre invites you to make footpaths and discover the various viewpoints such as the Mirador de Santa Luzia, Miradouro da Penha (located in Serra da Penha, with a beautiful chapel from the XVII century), Pico of S. Mamede (located at 1025 m altitude, is the highest point of the Portuguese mainland south of the Tagus) and the Mirador of the Church Nossa Senhora da Lapa (small church dug in the rock a km from the village of Besteiros).
Those who visit or live in Portalegre can experience the delight of the typical gastronomy of Alto Alentejo, such as tomato soup, alhada de cação, sarapatel, cachola soup, bread and potato crumbs with lamb stew and/or pork.
For golf lovers, Portalegre includes the 18-hole, 2-lake, d'Ammaia golf course, which is located in the Serra de São Mamede Natural Park, where you find the ancient village of Marvão, located at an altitude of 862 meters.
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