The parish of Alegrete is in the centre of the Serra de S. Mamede, so close to neighbouring Spain. Here emerge streams and places beyond imagination. It is situated on a 500-metre-high hill between two streams, the Ribeira de Arronches, also called Alegrete, and the Ribeira de Ninho de Açor, tributaries of the River Laia.
This is the heart of the Natural Park of S. Mamede. Here, olive groves, chestnut trees and vineyards abound.
Alegrete is a town that has its origins in antiquity. Owing to its situation and to the pre-historic remains found here, and especially to the remains of Roman occupation, it is presumed that Alegrete began as a Lusitanian Castro, a fortified settlement dating from the start of the age of metals.
The Romans took it and transformed it into military base for their occupation. Through here passed Vandals, Scythians and Moors.
In 1160, King Afonso Henriques conquered the Moors, and from that time this place has never again taken.
HOW TO GET TO ALEGRETE
Alegrete - Portalegre: 14 Km
Alegrete - Marvão: 37 Km
Alegrete - Elvas: 52 Km
Alegrete - Évora: 115 Km
Quinta Castanheiro da Penha
T./Fax +351 245 965 698
www.quintacastanheirodapenha.com | firstname.lastname@example.org
Moinho dos Cubos
Vale de Cavalos - Painel dos Cubos, 8
T. +351 245 965 402
The parish festival takes place on 15th August in honour of N. Senhora da Alegria (Our Lady of Joy).
Junta de Freguesia (parish office) of Alegrete
Largo Espírito Santo, 1
T./Faz +351 245 965 134
Câmara Municipal (municipal authority) of Portalegre
Rua Guilherme Gomes Fernandes, 28
T. +351 245 307 400
Fax +351 245 307 470
www.cm-portalegre.pt | município@cm-portalegre.pt
Santa Casa da Misericórdia of Alegrete (charity organisation)
Tel. +351 245 950 010
Farmácia “Alegrete” (chemist’s)
Rua do Beco, 40
T. +351 245 965 154
T. +351 245 965 212 (Mr. Joaquim António)