Top things to do in Beja

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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 …
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,…
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) dis…
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…
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 pot…
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…
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’…
Cafe in Beja

Smiles

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 tart. …
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 pas…