Alto Alentejo

The municipality of Nisa (Portalegre, Portugal) is a beautiful town, marked by its deep-rooted Portuguese character, which offers visitors a unique postcard image thanks to its whitewashed houses with yellow borders and a centuries-old craft tradition linked mainly to ceramics, embroidery and cheese.


The municipality

Alto Alentejo


One of its main tourist attractions is its natural environment, thanks to its delicate landscapes of the Tajo Basin and the Sierra de San Miguel.

Nisa is also part of the Naturtejo Geopark, integrated into the European Geoparks Network, a geological treasure that borders the International Tajo Natural Park and several protected areas of the Natura 2000 Network. Nisa is a municipality to be discover and to let yourself be carried away by its nature and its excellent cuisine, based on the local products of the area.

There is a vast and interesting historical and cultural heritage, especially at the level of traditional arts. Its mineral and medicinal waters also stand out, a fact that allows to recognize the municipality as a quality thermal destination.

The cheese

PDO Nisa Cheese, is a cheese that has been typically and traditionally made in the Alentejo Region, in the municipalities of Nisa, Crato, Castelo de Vide, Marvão, Portalegre, Monforte, Arronches and Alter do Chão. It is made with raw sheep’s milk from the Merino breed, from a vegetal enzymatic coagulation thanks to the thistle flower. The milk comes from cattle that graze in areas with a rich Mediterranean flora, a fact that gives milk a unique flavour closely linked to the production area.

It is a cured cheese, between three and five months, and of semi-hard consistency. Its colour is yellowish white and has small holes. The aromatic intensity is high, and its aroma is dense, slightly spicy and with concentrated notes of grass, in some cases a little fruity. After tasting it, a slight acid taste may appear on the palate. It is one of the gastronomic treasures of this area of Portugal.



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