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Eating and Drinking

There are many restaurants in the area, most of which provide good, local food. The nearest village of Caia has a spacious and very reasonably priced restaurant, Leitao (named after the family whose surname translates very appropriately as “suckling pig”!), with an extensive menu including excellent spit-roasted chicken and chips. They will also provide take-away meals on request. The restaurant has a bar downstairs used mainly by the local men who sit outside watching life pass by, and there is a second bar with outside seating also in the village.

Portalegre has a good selection of restaurants including a large Chinese restaurant and a pizza restaurant.


Portalegre is very well placed for supermarkets. There is a group of three large stores next to each other just on the outskirts of the town, and another two more centrally placed. They are open every day, including Sunday from 9am often until 9pm.


There is a covered town market in Portalegre every week which sells meat, fish and vegetables, etc. There is also a large monthly market where you can buy food, clothes, rugs, shoes, pottery, voluminous underwear and all sorts of other things!

There is also a weekly local market in Alegrete and in Estremoz.