Museu do Relógio

The Watch Museum houses an amazing collection of watches and clocks – shared with its sister museum in Évora, dating from a 1630 Edward East clock to the museum’s own present-day wristwatch model. Napoleonic gilded timepieces and Swiss cuckoo clocks are among the 2000 pieces ticking away in the cool surroundings of the former Convento do Mosteirinho.

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1. Casa do Cante

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2. TradiSerpa

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Cheese lovers should make a pilgrimage to this small factory in the town centre, where if you’re lucky you might see the cheese producers in action. Call…

3. Museu Etnográfico


No traditional rural trade is overlooked in this exquisite exploration of Alentejan life. Occupying the former town market (in use from 1887 to 1986), the…

4. Castelo

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Dating from the 14th century, this imposing castle affords long views from the battlements: flat plains, the aqueduct, town walls, rooftops and orange…

5. Wheel Pump

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At the southern end of the aqueduct is a huge 17th-century wheel pump (aka noria), once used for pumping water to the nearby Palácio dos Condes de Ficalho.

6. Aqueduto

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The impressive remains of an 11th-century aqueduct run along the western side of the town walls (follow Rua dos Arcos).

7. Palácio dos Condes de Ficalho

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Just inside the old walls in the upper part of town, this ageing mansion dates from the 16th century, and remains in sore need of restoration.

8. Museu Regional de Beja

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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…