Beja Travel Guide

  • Things to Do
    by J_Antunes
  • Things to Do
    by J_Antunes
  • Things to Do
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Beja Things to Do

  • Saint Andre Church

    Originally from the 12Th century, the actual construction dates from the 16Th. It's a small and heavy building, totally covered with tiles from the 16TH century, with a few paintings.

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  • The Castle

    Once a moorish castle, its reconstruction was initiated during the reign of D. Alfonso III, and it was finished in the reign of D. Dinis. The main tower is one of the best examples of the Portuguese military architecture. With three decorated floors, its windows show diverse styles

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  • Clube de Camp Vila Galé

    More than a (good) hotel, this country club is a good opportunity to contact with the wild side of Alentejo's planes. Well, wilderness is a little artificial, but the pace that fills the traditional jokes about "alentejanos" it's easy to feel and understand here. Winery, horse rides, organized animation, it all help to fill the day in a smooth...

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  • Santiago Maior Church

    The church of Santiago Maior, adjacent to the castle, became Beja's cathedral in the first half of the 20th century. Despite the recovering works that took place and modified it, it still keeps elements in baroque, mannerist and eclectic styles.

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  • Roman Arch

    Attached to the Castle there's a Roman arch. I had to read to know that it was not part of the castle, and only some respect for history allowed its preservation out of its original context.

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  • S Amaro church

    Although the exact date of its foundation is unknown (possibly, the 10th century), the church of St. Amaro was built outside the walls of the city, close to the old gate of Beja, being modified during the 15th and 16th centuries to its actual configuration.Modest in its whole, with Mudejar windows, it keeps, inside, the richly decorated Visigoth...

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  • Azulejos

    Spread throughout all of Portugal you will also find beautiful tiled houses in Beja. Keep your eyes open!Also some of the museums, like the Museu Regional de Beja, show azulejos as a heritage of the towns past.

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  • Convento de Nossa Senhora da Conceição

    Another beautiful building that you will pass when strolling through Beja is the Convento de Nossa Senhora da Conceição, which nowadays houses the Museu Regional de Beja. I have not been inside, but looking its webpage I regret that I only had a look at its outside. The convent was built under the order of the first Dukes of Beja. In the end of the...

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  • Igreja de Santa Maria

    Probably one of the oldest churches of Beja is the Igreja de Santa Maria with its massive round pillars and arches. It used to be a temple of the Visigoths in the 6th century and later a mosque during the occupation of the Moors, but most of what is seen today dates from the 15th century reconstruction.

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Beja Hotels

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  • Residencial Bejense

    Rua Capitao Joao Francisco de Sousa 57, 7800, Beja, Portugal

    Satisfaction: Excellent

    Good for: Business

  • Pousada De Beja

    Largo D Nuno Alvares Pereira, Beja, Alentejo, 7801-901, Portugal

    Satisfaction: Excellent

    Good for: Business

    Hotel Class 4 out of 5 stars

  • Clube De Campo Hotel

    Herdade da Figueirinha - Aptd 404, Albernoa, Beja, Alentejo, 7801-905, Portugal

    Satisfaction: Excellent

    Good for: Business

    Hotel Class 4 out of 5 stars

Beja Restaurants

  • Excellent

    What a surprise!Coming from Spain we stopped in Beja for lunch, in search of a "Sopa de Cação" - Dogfish soup (believe me - it is something special, when they know how to do it).The first checked restaurant HAD the soup.Now, the second surprise - it was the best that we tasted. Absolutely delicious and well served.I surely recommend this small...

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  • Local atmosphere

    We found this delightful small local restaurant while wandering the streets of Beja. Not far from our hotel on Liberdade street, we very much enjoyed the rustic decorations and the quiet atmosphere we found here. They offer a variety of "regional foods" (Cozinha Regional) and also locally produced wine. We opted to try several of both, you can see...

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  • Great "Petiscos"

    This is a great place for “petiscos” (small dishes like tapas). You can try to taste several dishes. It’s full of locals that appreciate a tasty local meal. The place is best known for “Pereira” because it's the name of the owner.

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  • Good Tapas

    Typical restaurant with a variety of "petiscos" (smal dishes like tapas). After dinner sometimes has live concerts and art exhibitions. They have a great variety of small dishes (local cooking, international and vegetarian). It begins on 2 € plate.

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  • Hotel Rural-Cooking School

    This is an Alentejo (southern Portuguese) style cooking school and has a hotel attached to it. The place is fantastic and the food is out of this world.The hotel is part of the Romantik Hotels & Restaurants chain and caters to having a romantic getaway either for one or two days or for a seven day cooking school stay. I love anything with pork in...

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  • Restaurante O ALCAIDERua de...

    Restaurante O ALCAIDERua de Santiago - Tel. 266 557168MONSARAZClose thursday. Hummm.... There are such good things to taste!...Migas de Pão com Carne de Porco, orEnsopado de Borrego, or Sopa da Panela, orCação Frito com Migas de Coentros, or Migas de Espargos Bravos,....And the local wines are very good too: Reguengos D.O.C., Reguengos -...

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Beja Nightlife

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  • Live music and tapas

    This is a great place. It use to be an old tavern called “Alhinho” that was reborn. Its possible to eat regional and international cooking till 02.00h. Live concerts every week and Art exhibitions. Typical architecture. No dress code.

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  • Local Entertainment

    Enjoy a cool breeze while the locals are entertainning with guitar and Portuguese songs. Casual - light weater - even swim wear.

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Beja Transportation

  • The road there

    There are four directions that you can get to Beja from, North, South, East and West. This is because Beja is a crossroads town for the southern area of Portugal and it is a meeting point for many of the smaller towns farmers.From the East (Spain) the road is narrow and pothole filled but it is the best way to come from Southern Spain to Beja. It...

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  • By car, is the Best. From...

    By car, is the Best. From Lisbon in direction to Évora, by the A-2 and A-6, then take the N 356 to Reguengos de Monsaraz.

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Beja Local Customs

  • Agriculture

    Policy in Portugal was largely influenced by the dimension of rural properties - small state in the half north, with thousands of owners led to conservative people; large state in Alentejo led to... communism. Agriculture is no longer the main activity in the area, but it still has a great influence. The annual agricultural fair, Ovibeja, is a...

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  • 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.

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Beja Warnings and Dangers

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    by TinKan Updated Jan 24, 2003

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    Remember that this is a farming community and many things do move a little slow.

    When driving around the southeastern part of Portugal remember to drive slow and keep a lookout for farm animals and tractors as well as the police.

    Also remember that if stopped by the police and fined, you may be required to pay the fee on the spot.

    If you claim that you do not have enough money, you will be escorted to the nearest cash machine (ATM) where you can get the money needed.

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Beja Off The Beaten Path

  • Castle's Tower

    The very beautiful tower of Beja's castle is the only one in Portugal built in marble (it took me 62 years to learn that! - blessed VT).

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  • Palácio do Lidador

    In the historic centre of Beja, this palace from the 18Th century, after several uses (even by the rural union) was bought by city hall and adapted as a social centre for third age. Well recovered it adds personality to the place.

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  • Scenes of nature

    Near to Beja on the Hills of Alentejo you will find along the lake quite a lot of horses standing near the water at many places to cool off from the heat during noon time.

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Beja Sports & Outdoors

  • Clube de Camp Vila Galé

    One of the featured activities in Vila Galé is horseriding. We didn't do it, but, even in low season, the activity was remarkable, and the weather perfect for a nice ride.

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  • Quad moto

    I think that it hardly fits in this well conceived contact with nature, but one of the solutions to travel around is four weel motos.Noise and smoke across those fields? Not for me...

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Beja Favorites

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  • 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...

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  • Torre de Menagem

    A part of the castle here in Beja is the Torre de Menagem (Donjon or tower in English) and today it is used as the symbol for the city. Unluckily on the day we arrived the tower and castle were closed for no reason we could figure out. We did take the opportunity to walk around the castle walls and hopefully when YOU visit Beja you will find it...

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  • Azulejos (tils) in Beja

    One of the things that I enjoy is the seemingly endless attempts by architects and people to make each building or home as individual as possible. Here in Portugal one of the most obvious of these is the use of tiles (generally tones of blue, the colored tiles seen in the first photo is the exception) extensively on the outside, or public, part of...

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