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Beja is located in the southern region of continental Portugal and is believed to have been founded around 400 b.c. by an ancient cell of celts that occupied most territories south of the Tagus river, such as the Alentejo and Setúbal regions. After being a part of the Roman Empire for 600 years and a part of the Arabic Caliphate for 400 years until 1162, the year in which the Christians took the city from Muslim occupation, Beja is now the county’s capital.
The city remained small for the next centuries, although heavily destroyed by the Napoleonic invasions. From the 20th century onwards, some economic development was put in place with the building of new schools, judicial and commercial installations, including the new Beja International Airport in 2011.
Oeiras is a municipality in the western part of the Lisbon metropolitan area, a sub-region of Greater Lisbon in continental Portugal. Oeiras is part of the urban agglomeration and it is also 16km from the capital. This region is an important economic hub, being one of the most highly developed municipalities in both Portugal and Europe!
Cascais is considered a coastal resort area in Portugal, located just west of Lisbon. A traditional fishing town that has grown in popularity by tourists and is widely known for its sandy beaches, busy marina, abundant seafood restaurants, and relaxing atmosphere. Historically, the town of Cascais was made as a popular seaside destination in the 1870s when King Luis I of Portugal and his Royal court made the seaside fishing town it's summer residence. The town showcases beautiful renaissance architectural sights dating back to the 17th century, such as the Palácio dos Condes de Castro Guimarães, Palacete Seixas, Casa Lencastre, or Casa de Santa Maria. The coastline of Cascais is home to about 17 beaches to delight in, the most popular destinations being Guincho Beach and Carcavelos Beach, where most surfers are drawn to due to amazing waves! Cascais is the perfect place to get away from the big city, whether it be a weekend escape, or an upcoming property investment by the seaside. 5 Reasons to Buy Property in Cascais
Carvoeiro is a town and a former civil parish in the municipality of Lagoa, Algarve. It is located about 5km south of Lagoa. Formed from a picturesque fishing village, with a long history of settlement, the parish slowly transformed into a tourist area in the municipality of Lagoa, owing to its number of sandy beaches protected by cliffs! From the 1960s onwards, tourism became the main source of the economic base in the area with many new shops, hotels and roads being built to help attract potential and existing tourists back to the area. Overall, the weather in Carvoeiro is warm and pleasant all year round, with the Algarve area getting around 300 days of sunshine a year! It is the perfect place to relocate too if you want to get away from gloomy days.
Castelo Branco is the capital of the old province of Beira Baixa. Located just twenty kilometres from the Spanish border, most of the historical character of Castelo Branco has an attractive atmosphere to it, with generous parks, wide boulevards and bustling squares. Full of history and with a heritage of infinite value, this secular city has a great diversity of spaces and multiple activities, with a close and familiar environment, where the mountains and the city come together. Castelo Branco is a very good foundation from which to explore the border region of central Portugal.
Guarda is the capital city of the County to which it borrows its name. The entire region is marked by granite, by the contrasting mountain climate and by its pure, cold air that allows for the curing and manufacture of high-quality smoked meats and cheeses. After the Roman Empire period, followed periods of occupation by the Visigoths, later by the kingdom of Asturias and also by the Islamic civilizations. Only after the Portuguese reconquest process was it confirmed the importance of the city and the region. The event that clearly marked the birth of the Portuguese Language happened here in Guarda, when a Galician troubadour wrote a song in Portuguese for his beloved lady, in 1189. It is well connected to major Portuguese cities such as Porto and Aveiro by the A25 highway and to Lisbon by the A23 highway. The good geographical position and accessibilities make Guarda an excellent place for the storage and transport of goods from Portugal to the rest of Europe (and vice versa). In this sense, private entities together with the City Council created the Platform Business Initiative Logistics (PLIE), which is a cross-border platform that seeks to boost the regional economy and attract industrial flows and investments.
Évora is the capital of Alentejo’s region. Filled with impressive historical and cultural landmarks, the city is one of the most popular places to visit in Alentejo. The Historic Centre of Évora was elected a UNESCO World Heritage site in 1986. The city’s roots go as far back as Roman times. Évora still retains ruins from that period, such as from the Temple of Diana. Three centuries later, during the Moorish period, a fortified gate was built to improve the city’s defensive system, as well as a Kasbah. The presence of the Moors can also be felt through the old labyrinthine quarters of the city, which are filled with typical Moorish arches. Évora is also home to a beautiful Cathedral built during medieval times, in the 13th century. In the 15th century, when Évora became the Portuguese king’s residence, a number of royal buildings started to pop up. St. Claire Convent, the royal church and the convent of São Francisco are some examples of those. The Manueline style of architecture characterises these remarkable buildings.Besides Évoras’s rich monumental heritage, the city is also known for its beautiful whitewashed houses decorated with tiles and wrought-iron balconies, its colourful handicraft stores and the family-run cafés and restaurants, which offer the tastiest gastronomy in the land.
The Lisbon South Bay area comprises three districts: Almada, Seixal and Barreiro. These three are known for their close historic connection to the Tagus River. From the ancient industries in Barreiro that fed the naval expeditions to África and Índia in the 16th century, to the amazing long sandy beaches of Caparica, Lisbon South Bay welcomes hundreds of thousands of tourists in summertime and surfers all through the year. Seixal, the district between Almada and Barreiro, was where Vasco da Gama, the Portuguese explorer, built his expedition ships with the help of his brother and father. The Tagus river’s presence greatly affects the region’s economy and the professions that the locals choose. In this sense, this region saw a surge of professions like fishermen, sailors, millers, caulkers, ax carpenters, which, for years, constituted the main way of life of the populations.
Rich in history, right in the centre of Portugal’s Capital City of Lisbon, one can find this park in the Arroios parish over a hill that’s between the valleys that correspond to Avenida da Liberdade and Avenida Almirante Reis. This park inherits its name of Campo dos Mártires da Pátria (Homeland Martyrs’ Field) in memoriam of Portuguese General Gomes Freire de Andrade and eleven of his companions, sentenced to be hanged in a staged trial, accused of revolting and fighting against the British Military General and Portuguese Army Marshal, Lord Beresford, regent ruler of Portugal instead of king D. João VI, who was living in Brazil at the time. Gomes Freire de Andrade was a powerful Portuguese Mason, accused by Lord Beresford of conspiring to diminish his power of rule in Portugal, in the Portuguese king’s absence. After executing Gomes Freire de Andrade and his companions, Lord Beresford then travelled to Brazil to ask king João VI for more powers, which were granted. However, General Gomes Freire de Andrade’s execution by Lord Beresford’s sentence ignited a revolt against the British ruler’s regency, led to protests in the North of Portugal and intensified an anti-British feeling, which ignited the Portuguese Liberal Revolution and to the fall of Lord Beresford, that was stopped from disembarking in Lisbon after returning from Brazil.
This fair is an annual event that celebrates all branches of agriculture: production, transformation, services. It is also a business centre and a forum for presenting and discussing several agriculture-related topics like technological advances and scientific investigation. Furthermore, this fair has a great impact and cultural relevance on the local community as it also brings to city music, arts and entertainment for the population.
The castle of Beja is the most emblematic and recognized monument of the city. It’s a gothic fortress built during the 13th century, from which stands out the imposing almost 40 meters high main tower, considered by some as a masterpiece of European Gothic military architecture. In addition to the castle, the walls that, dating from the same period, surrounded the medieval city are still visible, leaving twenty-eight towers and respective wall cloths. In addition to the castle, the walls that surrounded the medieval city are still visible, leaving twenty-eight towers and respective wall cloths.
Pax Julia is a cultural facility in the city and municipality of Beja with a strong presence in the memory of citizens. The idea of ??building a theatre in Beja dates back to the middle of the 19th century when a group of inhabitants of the city formed the Sociedade Teatral Bejense and acquired buildings attached to the Convent of Nossa Senhora da Conceição (Hospício and Igreja de Santo António). After a long process of construction, the Pax Julia Theater was finally opened on December 19, 1928. Since then, it has undergone profound works by remodelling and enhancement twice, in the 50s and already in the 21st century.
The Beja City Park is found in a central area of the city, next to its courthouse and integrates the city’s ecological structure. It is connected to other important outdoor spaces, forming a belt of green urban spaces directed at outdoors and recreational activities on top of serving the environment and biodiversity’s balance within the urban system. With its lake, fountain and medium-sized trees, it is a perfect place to relax sitting on one of the park benches under the trees and rest from the typical Alentejo summer heat.
This Roman villa was accidentally discovered in February of 1967, in the course of agricultural work. The archaeological excavations revealed a villa of great interest from the historical heritage point of view. In Alentejo, there are countless archaeological remains of these Roman agrarian structures, called villae, which characterize a type of occupation and agricultural exploitation of the territory. This archaeological site is one of the best-preserved Roman Villas in all of the Iberian Peninsula. It is especially known for the very well-preserved colourful mosaics of geometrical and natural-tone inspiration arts and hot springs, which are among the most important in the country.
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The city is also covered by a network of public busses, called URBANAS, that cover both the city centre and its peripheral neighbourhoods, passing by its major public facilities and equipment such as the train station, health centre and hospital, public schools and universities, major commerce and services centres. The Alentejo train line also passes through Beja and connects the city to other Alentejo locations such as Cuba, Castro Verde and Ã‰vora, but also to Barreiro, in Lisbonâ€™s South Bay area.Â
Beja has a very traditional shopping culture, based on local shops around downtown and bigger supermarkets placed on the cityâ€™s outskirts. There are local town markets, like the Mercado Municipal de Beja, located at the cityâ€™s centre. In this market, youâ€™ll find fresh goods from local producers, such as fruit and vegetables, meat, cheeses, sausages and chouriÃ§os on the ground floor and other stores and restaurants on the floors above. Other commerce venues are the Mercado Retalhista, which opens every fortnight, usually on the second and fourth Saturday of every month, and it focuses on the trade of clothes, shoes, jewellery, handbags and tapestries among others.
Beja has its own international airport. While originally thought to serve low-cost airline companies, this airport serves only seasonal charter flights to Paris and southern Spain and receives airplanes waiting for repairs, at the moment. To increase this airportâ€™s competitiveness, there is already approved the building of a new highway between the Sines maritime port to this airport, which will also open a fast connection to Lisbon and the Algarve.
The climate in this region is Mediterranean, although influenced by the distance to the coastal areas, making it dryer. The winters are very soft and the summers are very hot and long. The average highest temperature in winter time is around 14ÂºC and the average highest temperature in summer time 34ÂºC. The average minimum temperature in winter is 5ÂºC, while the average minimum temperature in summer time is around 16ÂºC. The highest ever recorded temperature in this region was 45.4ÂºC and the lowest ever temperature recorded was -5.5ÂºC.Â
Restaurants & Bars
Being a city inserted in a rural environment, Bejaâ€™s gastronomy is mostly known for its meat dishes. Some of the restaurants where you can find exceptional examples of Gastronomia Alentejana are:Â
Restaurante D. Dinis
Taberna A Pipa
Located in the interior region of continental Portugal, Beja offers alternatives to have fun in the sun with your family and friends. The city features a local public swimming pool with a capacity for 500 people and, just 5km outside of the city, you can find the Cinco Reis River Park with its white sand beach. This new river park of the Cinco Reis has equipment for nautical activities, a reception, bar, sanitary facilities, children's playground and a dock. Furthermore, it also has a sports area, a wooded area, a maintenance circuit, walking and cycling routes, two car parks and interactive circuits for visiting and observation points for aquatic birds.