Beja attractions

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Museu Regional de Beja

Beja's must-see attraction is set in a 15th-century Franciscan convent and the backdrop to an unlikely romance between a nun and soldier that inspired Letters of a Portuguese Nun. A romantic setting, the convent is …
Museum in Beja

Centro de Arqueologia e Artes

Under construction at time of research, this new museum will house some of the great archaeological finds unearthed in Beja in recent years. Pieces date to the Iron Age (the 7th century BC) and include relics from I…
Ruins in Beja

Núcleo Museológico da Rua do Sembrano

This modern museum contains more than meets the eye – the exhibition is underfoot and displayed through a glass floor. Iron Age finds were discovered here during building works in the 1980s, and the site was deemed …
Museum in Beja

Museu Visigótico

Found just beyond the castle, the unusual Visigothic museum is housed in the former Igreja de Santo Amaro, parts of which date from the early 6th century when it was a Visigothic church – meaning it’s one of Portuga…
Castle in Beja


Dom Dinis built this castle on Roman foundations in the late 13th century. You can climb up the Torre de Menagem for fine views over the roofs of town. The turismo is located here.
Tower in Beja

Torre de Menagem

The view from the Torre de Menagem is a Beja highlight, and a great way to get your bearings over the city.
Plaza in Beja

Praça da República

This renovated attractive town square with a pelourinho (stone pillory) is the historic heart of the old city. Dominating the square is the 16th-century Igreja de Misericórdia, a hefty church with an immense porch –…
Museum in Beja

Igreja de Nossa Senhora dos Prazeres e Museu Episcopal

Several museums of religious artworks opened in Beja some years back. So great was the wealth of the Catholic Church that no single space can display all of the paintings and other items. The most attractive is hous…
Historic Building in Beja

Santa Casa da Misericórdia

For a dip into history, take a stroll through the corridors of this once grand hospital. It opened back in the early 1500s (only closing to patients in 1969), and you can still see some of the carved Manueline-style…