The environment of Portalegre is ideal for walking through the beautiful natural park of Serra de São Mamede with its granite hills, fields of flowers, forests, orchards, and ancient smuggling trails.
Nearby Portalegre is the small village of Crato, which is well-known for its ceramics center. Flor da Rosa is wonderful to visit. In this pottery village, an Order of Saint John monastery was built in 1356. It has a simple but impressive Gothic church with a robust gothic cloister.