Beja

The capital of Baixo Alentejo is home to monuments that tell its past history. Romanization is remembered from arches and arcades and from Villa de Pisões, which has traces from the Roman empire in our territory. The spoils of this "villa" date back to the 1st century a.C.. The Romans called Pax Julia to Beja, for being in this region that peace was established between Julius Caesar and the Lusitanians in the 1st century b.C.. Beja's castle stands out in the landscape, as well as its Torre de Menagem (dungeon). Among the monuments to be visited, are included the cathedral, the church of Nossa Senhora dos Prazeres, the convent of São Francisco, the Igreja da Misericórdia church, as well as the Ermida de Santo Estêvão chapel. One of the best ways to get to know the city to walk through its historical center. Going along its typical streets, with the liveliness of the traditional trade, is one of the multiple options. Passing on Praça da República, the visitor discovers the Passo da Rua do Ancha in the Manueline window. You can taste Alentejo's traditional cuisine in the typical restaurants. Of the main courses are part the roasted lamb, the purslane and gazpacho soups, among others. For dessert the sericaia (cake made with eggs, lemon and cinnamon) and the pão de rala (cake made with almonds, pumpkin jam and lemon) are some examples of the Alentejo sweets. The local museum is home to the history of the region, as well as to valuable works of art that demonstrate the importance of sacred art in the region. The Botanical Museum and the Casa das Artes are also places that deserve a visit. Given the high temperatures, especially in the summer, it's always good to have the green spaces with shade in mind, as the Parque da Cidade city park or flowery Jardim da Praceta António Aleixo, among others.

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Herdade do Vau
Herdade do Vau

O espaço envolvente é mágico. Primeiro pela proximidade à margem selvagem do vale do Guadiana, que se avista por toda a herdade e depois, por estar situada no …

Pousada Convento de Beja
Pousada Convento de Beja

Historic inn

Situated in the historic city centre, this former Franciscan convent from the 13th century, offers 34 rooms and one suite, with classic décor and cosy atmosphe…

Herdade dos Grous
Herdade dos Grous

A rustic space with elaborated decoration with 10 cosy rooms and offering the practice of some sports.

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Almodôvar


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Aljustrel


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Moura

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Castro Verde

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