Nisa is a town and a municipality in Portugal. The town of Nisa is the seat of the municipality. The population in 2011 was 11,727, in an area of 569.06 km². It is the capital of the district of Portalegre. The municipality is crossed by the Rio Grande, which flows into the Castelo de Vide Reservoir. Portalegre is served by a branch of the Portuguese railways. Nisa was once an important town, lying on the pilgrim route to Santiago de Compostela. The town grew around the castle, which was built in the 12th century. The town is a producer of fruit, olives, and wine. It has a museum, and a large 17th-century church. The municipality contains 31 settlements, including the towns of Nisa and Portalegre. The town of Portalegre gave its name to the Portuguese cider brandy, which is produced in the nearby town of Favaios.
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