Beja in Alentejo is home to about 35,000 people.
Lisbon, the national capital, is located 85 miles (137 kilometers) northwest of Beja, while Vilamoura is 65 miles (105 kilometers) to the south.
Scattered throughout the area are several impressive castles. Admire the strong outer defenses and walk into the spaces that once symbolized the ruler’s power at the Moura Castle, the Serpa Castle and the Beja Castle.
Beja offers several interesting public places; among the nicest are are Praca da Republica and Praca da Republica. Take a few photos and spend a while people watching before exploring the surrounding architecture.
Find a little peace in Jardim Doutor Santiago, one of the places where you can spend time outdoors. It is a peaceful place where visitors of all ages congregate to enjoy the fresh air and greenery.
It’s impossible to know what makes a place tick until you know its past; luckily Beja has preserved the Ruinas Romanas de Sao Cucufate, one of its most important historic places. It’s well worth visiting this site and other local heritage buildings to get an understanding of the events that shaped this city.
If you’ve still got time to spare after checking out all the star attractions in Beja, be sure to head over to the Serpa Aqueduct.