Pousada de Beja
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- Number of rooms: 35
- Air conditioning
- 24-hour reception
- Free internet (public areas)
- Outdoor pool (seasonal)
- Parking area
- Safe at reception
- Room service
- Business centre
- Tennis court
- Conference room
- Airport (147km)
Pousada de Beja - 13th-century Franciscan convent
This impressive Pousada, housed in a 13th-century Franciscan convent, is located in the heart of the historical town of Beja in the Alentejan plain. Despite the fact that it is in the middle of a city, the solid white walls, vaulted ceilings and elegant sitting rooms give off an air of calm and quiet. Surrounded by lawns, palm trees and with an inviting outdoor pool this is the perfect place to stay cool even in the intense heat of mid-summer. The bedrooms (which are of modest, though comfortable, proportions as they were once monk’s cells!) are now beautifully furnished to the highest standards, and are positioned around three sides of a cloister.
The first records of the convent date from the 10th November 1268, noting the donation of lands for its construction from Paio Pires to Lopo Esteves. In 1304 according to the legend, D. Dinis ordered the construction of a chapel in honour of Saint Louis for his help during a bear attack that occurred in a hunt near the Guadiana River.
The first improvements took place in the sixteenth and seventeenth centuries, namely the refectory and in the cloister. New dormitories were then added during the rein of Kings D. Pedro II and D. João V. With the closure of the religious orders in 1834, the convent was stripped and most of its gold-plated altars where transferred to the Chapel of Nossa Senhora da Piedade.
The proposal for the conversion of the building into a Pousada was signed in 1992, retaining the old church which is now used for events, business meetings and weddings.
The tranquility, beauty and immense sense of history cannot but move you as you stroll around the corridors and chapels and cross the gardens to enjoy the views of this impressive convent from the comfort of a lounger by the pool. The gardens are a painter's paradise, full of images just crying out to be set to canvas.
Beja is situated on a small hill overlooking the Alentejan plains. It is a lovely town with a charming historic centre with white-washed buildings and narrow cobbled streets to stroll around and admire the sights. The impressive 13th century Castelo de Beja dominates over the town, offering beautiful panoramic views. The regional Museu da Rainha D. Leonar is a must-see; situated in an impressive building the museum houses an interesting collection of artwork.
The roman ruins at Pisões are situated just 30 minutes away from the town where there is an impressive excavation of a Roman villa displaying evidence of fascinating Roman domestic architecture.
Beja is a great stop-over while exploring the Alenteijo region, with its vineyards and peaceful fields echoing for miles into the distance.
Restaurant meal times & typical dishes
Lunch is served from 13.00 to 15.00
Dinner is served from 19.30 to 22.30
- Regional Tomato Soup
- S. Francisco Convent Codfish
- Lamb Stew Shepherd’s Style
- Pousada’s Pastry (Almond, Sweet Pumpkin, Sugar and Eggs)
How to get there
From Breja centre: 1. Head northwest on Praça da República toward R. Afonso Lopes Vieira (82 ft) 2. Make a U-turn at R. Afonso Lopes Vieira (459 ft) 3. Turn right onto R. Dr. Afonso Costa (59 ft) 4. Take the 1st left onto R. do Touro (0.2 mi) 5. Continue onto R. das Portas de Mértola (315 ft) 6. At Largo Dom Nuno Álvares Pereira, take the 1st exit onto R. Dom Nuno Álvares Pereira Destination will be on the right (322 ft)
Serpa - 28 Km
Alvito - 32 Km
Torrao - 60 Km
Evora - 77 Km
Lisbon Airport - 175 Km
Faro Airport - 185 Km
Region & Cuisine
One of the largest of mainland Portugal’s five official Regions, the Alentejo occupies much of the south- central region of the country extending south from the River Tagus and bordering Spain to the east, the Algarve Region in the south and the Atlantic coast in the west.
The countryside of this essentially rural region varies considerably with fertile grasslands along the banks of the Tagus to the north-west, and numerous beautiful little villages and towns in the hills to the north-east – the land of many medieval castles. Further south the Alentejo becomes warmer and flatter and here are some of the most attractive towns in the region such as Évora, Vila Viçosa, Estremoz and Arraiolos.
Continuing south, rolling plains with huge numbers of olive and cork-oak trees – rich, fertile soil making this Portugal’s centre for agriculture, livestock and wood. And in the west, south of Lisbon, is the unspoilt coastline of the Atlantic with its magnificent long, sandy beaches and, in places, high sheer cliffs sheltering tiny coves. The climate in the Alentejo is mild overall but with regional variations – the temperature in winter in the north-east can go down to around 5ºC while mid-summer temperatures reach 33ºC or more in the south.
The two principal cities in the Alentejo are Évora and Beja. Évora – a UNESCO World Heritage site and one of the most beautiful cities in Portugal – is a museum city: walls surround the centre where the major landmark is the Roman Temple of Diana, and there are many splendid aristocratic houses here displaying carved doors and windows and the famous glazed tiles of Portugal – the ‘azulejos’. Beja, further south, is a fascinating city: it received its name from the occupying Moors in the 6th century, and a variety of cultures have influenced the city and its region since pre-historic times. The ‘Museu Regional da Rainha Dona Leonor’ contains a wealth of items reflecting these cultures.
Other smaller towns in the Alentejo well worth visiting are Alvito, with pre-Roman origins and whose 15th century castle is now the Pousada; Estremoz, another historic town with a 14th century castle, also now the Pousada; Vila Viçosa, best known for the production of marble of the highest quality and whose palace was an official residence of the Dukes of Bragança the last Portuguese royal family; and Arraiolos, famous for its hand-woven rugs and tapestries.
But the Alentejo is inherently rural, and this is reflected in the cuisine of this region –honest, varied and full of flavour. Particularly good are ‘ensopados de cabrito’ (kid stews), ‘carne de porco Alentejana’ (pork with coriander and clams), hare or rabbit with red beans and numerous lamb dishes. As this is Portugal there is an enormous variety of cakes and pastries; fruit, particularly melon, is of very high quality and the region produces several excellent cheeses, notably from Nisa, Serpa and Évora. The Alentejo is also an important wine-producing region – principally red wine – both in terms of its traditional full-bodied ‘earthy’ wines and latterly a newer style with intense aromas of fruit and more ‘new world’ in character.
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