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Top Choice Vegetarian in Beja

Sabores do Campo

If you’re a vegetarian, or simply need a break from pork and codfish, this cheerful cafeteria-style eatery will come as a godsend. Fresh fruit (papaya, mango, strawberries), stuffed mushrooms, oven-baked enchiladas,…
International in Beja

Vovó Joaquina

Modern meets traditional in this delightfully quirky place where old photos, chandeliers, marble-topped bales and a piano are the backdrops. It serves up a reasonable selection of pasta, French dishes and local favo…
Museum in Beja

Convento de Nossa Senhora da Conceição

Founded in 1459, this Franciscan convent was the location for the romance between a nun and soldier that inspired Letters of a Portuguese Nun. Indeed a romantic setting, it’s a delicate balance between no-nonsense G…
Tapas in Beja

Taberna do Arrufa

This eating and drinking den has some of the best atmosphere for miles around – a mix of old-fashioned charm and bohemian style, though it’s located 20km north of Beja. Sharing plates are the name of the game, with …
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 back to the Iron Age (the 7th century BC) and include relics f…
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…
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 –…
Cafe in Beja

Luiz da Rocha

Founded in 1893, this is one of Beja’s oldest cafes and best-known institutions. It gathers a chatty neighbourhood crowd day and night and is justly famous for its cakes: trouxas de ovos (literally ‘sweet egg yolks’…
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…