Nature around Beja
Showing the nature is the main objective of Clube de Campo Vila Galé. The area is nice (with some help from man's work), but not enough to justify the visit. That's why it needed to be improved. A few imported animals joined some native other, in a small zoo that only a large fence opposite to a lake denounces as limited. Storks and other birds "cooperate" with the idea.
Cheese and Sausage
When in the south of Portugal you should try some of the local cheese and sausage.
There is so much flavor in each type and there is so many different types.
During the OB Beja week you can find some of the best of the best which is available to taste and to buy.
Capital of one of the biggest and least populated counties of Portugal, Beja is a city where I only entered three times:
1st - In 1971, just to have a look, without any special remark.
2nd - In 1996 only to sleep, in a group visit to Pulo do Lobo
3rd - Last week, coming from Algarve, and after reading in the book that its castle was interesting.
Yes, the castle is interesting, yes, the spirit of Alentejo is present everywhere, yes, it is being made an effort to embelish the city, preserving its authenticity, yes, my brief contact with locals was nice and warm. But in our small Portugal, Beja keeps being a secondary visit, until the day that anything special invites me to see it with different eyes.
acilina's new Monsaraz Page
Well, I will make a page about Monsaraz, in the district of Beja.
This is a very old small village of Portugal, but very interesting turist place.
It was taken from the Moorish in 1167 by the adventurer Geraldo Sem-Pavor (Geraldo Without-Fear). The village was then given to the Templários, an religious/militar organization, but since it was near the frontier with Spain, it was a continuous target of spanish attacks. In 1381 there was another inexpected attack. Since the promisse marriage of a D. Fernando'daughter to the Count of Cambridge, was broken, the Count discharge his fury sending his the army on Monsaraz.
See the travelogues for more pictures.
South Portugal where life is slow
"Horses in the field"
There are many areas that have horses in the southern area of Portugal.
Many are work horses but some are for breeding.
Cheese and sausage are some of the local specialties in Beja and around the south.
The cheese is sooooo good and we cannot find and equal anywhere in the world.
This is where the storks go to take their summer vacation when not delivering babies.
"Trees and more trees"
There are more trees in the Beja area for the production of cork and for olives. They area the main export from this area.
"On the way"
This bridge is not in Beja but is on the main road on the way to Beja from Lisbon.
There is only one lane on this bridge and you must take turns to cross it.
Once a year there is a big animal show called OB Beja where people from all over the southern area of Portugal bring their animals and wears to sell.
It last about a week and is well worth seeing .