Beja district

Beja district – 2 nice cities and wild coast

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Beja district is the least touristy of the wide area called “Planícies (plains) that covers the southern half of Portugal, excluding Algarve.

However, a few places do deserve the visit, and allow excellent brakes in the trip between Lisbon and Algarve.

My preferences:

** Very interesting:
     Mértola
​     Beja

* Interesting:
Castro Verde, Odemira, Zambujeira do Mar, Moura, Vila Nova de Milfontes.

​With time, Barrancos, Ferreira do Alentejo, Ourique, Mina S. Domingos

My bests visits in Beja District

Beja

Beja
Beja

The district’s capital is not only its biggest city, but also an interesting visit.

Slow growth, and careful preservation, help Beja to maintain his traditional look and living rhythms.

​A good stop in the way to or from Algarve.

Ferreira do Alentejo

Ferreira do Alentejo
Ferreira do Alentejo

This is a small town where millions of people use to pass in the way to Algarve, but rarely stopping.

For decades I was one of them, until this year – I needed ti have lunch in the área, and made my first stop.

​Good lunch, the stop in Ferreira may not be the last one.

Mértola

Mértola
Mértola

The best stop in the way to Algarve (excluding Évora, that demands an exclusive trip), Mértola is historically rich, with a good landscape.

​Don’t hesitate to include it in your trip.

S. Domingos

São Domingos
São Domingos – Beja district

It’s interesting the trip inland, along the old mining Alentejo.

​S. Domingos was one of the biggest mines, now abandoned, where it is possible and interesting to see the scars in the earth.

A small dam creates an artificial pond, suitable to swim, and in that traditional heat of the area, how pleasant it may become!

Other places

Beja district - Grândola
Beja district – Grândola

For decades, Grândola was just a stopping point in the long trip to Algarve, halfway from Lisbon and my generally used, central area of Algarve.

The “25th April” made it famous but didn’t change much.

The A2 highway did really change, turning it in a… skipped point.

​ Resisting to the decrease of population in traditional areas, like in almost all the Alentejo, it is starting to invest in rural tourism.

As Moura and many other places in Bej

Desert

Beja district
Beja district

The climatic changes are spreading desertification in southern Alentejo. 

​While population slowly abandons the fields concentrating in the cities, the sights of sheep under the cork-trees and dogs patrolling the roads are becoming more rare and concentrated, but still present as a local landmark.

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