Top ChoiceMuseum in Beja

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...

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...

Portuguese in Beja

Pulo do Lobo

A short walk south of the historic centre, buzzing Pulo do Lobo is extremely popular with locals. They come from across the city for mouthwateringly fresh seafood and some of Beja's best porco preto (black-pork)...

Tapas in Beja

Taberna do Arrufa

Located 20km north of Beja, this eating and drinking den blends old-fashioned charm with bohemian style. Sharing plates are the name of the game, with Serpa cheese, roasted pork cheeks, grilled octopus, steaming...

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...

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...

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...

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...

Cafe in Beja


This charming little spot whips up soups and rissois (meat or veg-filled croquettes), but it's the desserts that warrant the trip – think chocolate tort drizzled with caramel, vegan banana cake and strawberry...

Pastries in Beja

Casa de Chá Maltesinhas

It looks like a smart pastelaria, but there’s an important difference: it’s known for its delicious regional doces conventuais (desserts traditionally made by nuns). Try the pastéis de toucinho, a delicious thin...

Portuguese in Beja

Os Infantes

Inside this cavernous space, you can dine on updated versions of classical Alentejan recipes as well as creative dishes with international accents. Salad with grapes, Azorean cheese and walnuts, codfish with...

Portuguese in Beja

A Pipa

This rustic eatery has a wood-beamed ceiling, bright-blue wooden chairs, checked tablecloths and serves excellent daily dishes. The meat – such as febras de porco (pork steaks) and lombinhos de porco preto...

Cafe in Beja


Chequered floors, vintage furnishings and quirky artwork draw a creative crowd to this charming cafe and cultural space. Estoriastantas hosts regular workshops in engraving, illustration, painting and other...

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.

Cocktail Bar in Beja

Porta 15

An atmospheric spot for a cocktail, Porta 15 has soaring arched brick ceilings, friendly bartenders and a small stage flanked by Egyptian-style sarcophagi. There's live music most weekends (low-key one- or...

Arts & Crafts in Beja

Igreja de Misericórdia

An artesenato cooperative has a range of goods for sale within the Igreja de Misericórdia – a unique style of store. You’ll find hand-painted ceramics, cork products, strawberry preserves and more.

Cafe in Beja

A Praçinha

This sunny, art-filled cafe makes a fine destination for an afternoon pick-me-up or evening sangria, especially if you grab one of the outdoor tables on the peaceful Praça da República.

Bar in Beja

Oficina os Infantes

The liveliest spot in town for a drink is this upstairs space tucked along a narrow lane near the Praça da República. You can catch live bands and DJ sets most weekends.

Cinema in Beja

Pax Julia Teatro Municipal

This cinema and theatre hosts regular concerts, dance performances and film screenings. A programme guide is available at the theatre’s box office.

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.