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.
What to do in Beja
Villa Romana de Pisões
In the Roman “Villa” of Pisões it is possible to find the heritage left by the Romans living here in I d.C, with traces from the numerous square divisions with different dimensions around the atrium (central courtyard surrounded by columns). It is classified as Building of Public Interest.
Museu Regional de Beja / Museu Rainha Dona Leonor
A museum located in the Convent of Our Lady of Conceição, founded in 1459 by the infants Dom Fernando e Dona Brites. A special note to the 17th century Portuguese tiles, the one from Seville of the 16th century and the baroque dome of the Chapter Room.
Castelo de Beja
The set of the Castle are the keep of the era of d. Dinis, in marble, with semi-detached and a window counter matacães surrounding. Masterpiece of military architecture, the Tower of Beja has great historical-monumental value. Of defensive buildings of Roman origin only the arco da Porta da Vila and the port bow of Évora. The door of Moura is …
Convento da Conceição / Museu Rainha Dona Leonor
This was the church from the former Claris nuns Convent founded on the 15th century and dedicated to Lady of Conception. By the end of the 19th century and beginning of the 20th century Beja suffered several destructions on its heritage and from the former convent, only the church, the cloister, the Capital room and attached divisions. In the façade …
Sé Catedral de Beja / Igreja de São Tiago
16TH century building which retains its structure Church-Hall. The Church is distinguished by large dimensions, by the creation of a unitary space and by the influence of formal solutions taken from tratadística which refer to one of the elaborate creations of Tea Architecture in the South of the country. Inside are some protobarrocos altars and a set of screens of …
Arco Romano de Beja
Possibly built between the 1st and 4th century, this bow is dwelling by two towers and is integrated into the medieval castle, outside the Citadel.
Palácio dos Maldonados
This palace was built in the middle of the XVI century by a local family named Furtado Mendonça. It is still possible to observe the arms of this family over the main door of the building. It presents a renascent …
Núcleo Museológico da Rua do Sembrano
A set of archaeological vestiges of great importance to the city's history. Here one can find vestiges of the medieval and modern ages, as well as of the roman period and of the iron age.
Convento de São Francisco / Pousada de Beja
Located outside the Walls, next to the ancient way that connected Beja to Mértola, it was founded in the XIII century. It suffered some changes, mainly during the XVIII century that gave it the present look. The Capela do Túmulos, …
Ermida de Santo André
According to tradition this chapel was founded by King Sancho I in commemoration of Beja from the Moors in 1162, ogival reconstruction, however dates from the 15th century. The narthex, the conical spires and battlements.
Museu Botânico de Beja
A small botanical museum where one can view different exhibitions throughout the year, related to economical botanics or ethnobotanics. In that manner, one can get acquainted with the usage of the plants, as well as spices, fibres and colouring agents, …
Museu Jorge Vieira / Casa das Artes
A museum with a permanent exhibition of scultures by Jorge Vieira. Guided tours under previous appointment, painting, clay and drawing ateliers, also under appointment, for children from kindergarten to the 6th year. It has two rooms for temporary exhibitions, a …
Igreja de Santo Amaro / Museu Visigótico
This monument was built outside the city walls on the place where it used to be an ancient – Christian basilica; the exact date of its foundation is unknown. Its present configuration is the result from the alterations and transformations …
Where to eat in Beja
A well famed restaurant in Beja that serves fine dishes, namely the black pork meat and a wide vari…
A simple restaurant with a rustic decor, friendly service and regional dishes, mainly grilled pork …
Author, Portuguese, Vegetarian
In the idyllic Herdade da Malhadinha New space, very near Beja, is one of the few restaurants with …
Em pleno centro histórico de Beja, onde as ruas e ruelas se cruzam em labirinto, uma casa cujo ambi…
Projeto reconhecido além-fronteiras, a Herdade dos Grous é o berço de magníficos vinhos, mas também…
A Chinese restaurant with a Oriental decor.
A space with modern architecture, located in a green park, with a large lake and a waterfall. The g…
O restaurante Luiz da Rocha, situado no centro de Beja, funciona no primeiro andar de um dos cafés/…
Where to sleep in Beja
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 …
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…
A rustic space with elaborated decoration with 10 cosy rooms and offering the practice of some sports.
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