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BEJA

An oasis in the plain

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Beja is located 277m high in a hill over the involving landscape, standing out since ancient times as a truly regional capital. The place where it is situated nowadays has been inhabited since the Iron Age. It became a city under Roman ruling, named “Pax Julia”. By that time, Beja was headquarters of one of the regions of the Roman province Lusitânia. During the Islamic period, it was an important city, highly disputed by Christians and Moors from D. Afonso Henriques reign to 1232, permanently conquered back. In 1254, D. Afonso III issued Beja “foral” (Royal document). The city evolves around the hill, and the caste was rebuilt, as well as its imposing keep, quite recognisable from afar, and the wall curtain that still involves the historical centre. Beja’s services and industries are kept to a local scale. Nevertheless, it became in recent years a strong tourism attraction. Its heritage is rich and diversified, including Nossa Senhora da Conceição Church and Convent that houses the Regional Museum. The roads to Lisbon are satisfactory, but one still needs to drive through IP2 or IP8 to reach the highway network. The regular railway connections through “Intercidades” are comfortable. In recent years, the number of hotels in the city has increased. Beja has also a Pousada. As far as restaurants are concerned, there are many options for all budgets and tastes.

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