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Beja is a city and a municipality in Portugal with a total area of 1,147.1 km² and a total population of 34,970 inhabitants in the municipality. The city proper has a population of 21,658. The municipality is composed of 18 parishes, and is the capital of the District of Beja.

The city is supposed to be the Pax Julia, or Paca, of the Romans, and is still surrounded by remains of old Roman walls, which however, were partly restored during the Middle Ages. Beja was taken from the Moors in 1162 by Afonso Henriques. It stands on the summit of a high hill surrounded by beautiful and fertile valleys under cultivation, as the district is rich in agricultural products, mainly cereals, olive oil, and wine. The best example of medieval architecture still extant in Portugal is the castle built in Beja by King Dom Diniz. It is a square, massive structure 120 feet high, from the top of which the whole of the Alentejo country and the Cintra mountains may be seen. The walls of the castle are covered with hieroglyphics. Beja was in its early days an episcopal city, but at the time of the invasion by the Moors lost its dignity. The Cathedral of Beja is an old temple, though so much modernized as to make it impossible to determine with any degree of certainty its original date. Other famous churches are those of Our Lady of the Conception, St. Iago, or Santiago, and Santa Maria da Feira, said to have been an old Moorish mosque. The College of St. Sissenando, which belonged to the Jesuits, and was built principally at the expense of Donna Maria Sophia, in 1695, stands in the street where the saint was born. Part of this building is now occupied by the episcopal palace. The city has modern improvements, schools, banks, libraries, etc. It is said to be the richest in Roman remains of all the cities in Portugal, except Evora, which now possesses a large collection of Roman antiquities collected in Beja.

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Beja train station, with trains from/to Evora, Faro, Lisbon.

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North - IP2 from Evora.

South - IP2 from Ourique and Castro Verde or EN 122 from Mertola.

East - IP8 from Serpa.

West - IP8 from Ferreira do Alentejo.

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  • Vila Galé Clube de Campo, Herdade da Figueirinha, Santa Vitória 7801-732 BEJA, (+351) 284 970 100, [1].  edit

Clube de Campo Hotel represents a new holiday concept in Alentejo, just 25 km from Beja. The Hotel has 78 bedrooms, 3 junior suites and gives you access to a range of entertainment activities, mini-golf, hiking, four-wheel motorcycle or bicycle riding, water sports (paddle boating and sailing), duck shooting, and Portuguese bull-tackling bravado in the riding stable or arena. Booking online.

  • Pousada de Santa Clara-a-Velha - Santa Clara, Nature Hotel, Barragem de Santa Clara 7665-879 Santa Clara-a-Velha, +351-283 882 250 / 283 882 404 (, fax: +351-283 882 402), [2].  edit

Its peacefulness is ideal for shooting, fishing, water sports or even for a rest in perfect harmony with nature. This nature hotel is very close to the Natural Park and Costa Vicentina, where the beaches are very appreciated and known.


  • Pousada de Alvito - Castelo de Alvito , Historic Luxury Hotel, Castelo de Alvito 7920-999 Alvito, +351-284 480 700 (, fax: +351-284 485 383), [3].  edit

Alvito is a village near the city of Beja (about 30 km of distance), in the past it was a very important location, having been home of a royal pousada. With the restoration of an unusual 15th century castle in Alvito, the beautiful Pousada Castelo do Alvito was born.

  • Pousada de Beja - São Francisco , Historic Luxury Hotel, Castelo de Alvito 7920-999 Alvito, +351-284 313 580 (, fax: +351-284 329 143), [4].  edit

In the former 13th century Franciscan Convent located in the heart of the historical centre of Beja, we find the impressive Pousada de Beja, São Franscisco. This luxury hotel in Beja combines the mystic monument with the needs of today's standards of well-being and comfort.


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Monotony of the plains.

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