Portalegre’s various cultural and sports activities, together with its impressive heritage and traditional cuisine, make the city an unforgettable experience.

The first References to the city used the name Portus Alacer, a dry mountain port, made a town and municipality in 17th century. The first official charter was granted by King D. Afonso III in 1259 and some years later his son, D.Dinis granted the region the privilege of being “D’ El Rei” (the property of the King D. João III. Capital of the North of Alentejo, Portalegre has a great, old industrial tradition shown by the many relics that still influence the region’s economic fabric today.

Examples are the Real Fábrica de Lanifícios ( Royal Wool Factory) dating from the 18th century and founded at the initiative of the Marquis of Pombal; the Robinson Factory which appeared in the 19th century and manufactured cork objects; and the Manufactura de Tapeçarias de Portalegre ( Portalegre Tapestry Factory), from 1946, responsible for numerous works of art, which can be seen some changes such as the construction of Centre of Congress in the Council Building ( the former Royal Wool Factory) and of the Performing Arts Centre, Two Buildings That put the City on the map for national touristic and cultural events.