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Beja is located inland, 135 kilometers southeast of Lisbon .Beja is located near the national park Parque Natural do Vale do Guadiana. Here is a Portuguese military base. 23,000 residents live in the city, while the suburbs live 35,000 inhabitants in Beja.
Beja was already an important city in antiquity, and the Roman emperor Julius Caesar named the town of Pax Julia 48 e-Kr. On top of a hill stands a castle that was built in the 1300s under King Diniz dominion over the ruins of a Roman fortress. It has a tower of marble with its 40 meters is Portugal’s highest. Today the castle houses a small military museum. In a former Franciscan monastery dates from 1459, we find the Museum Museu da Rainha D. Leonor. It is a beautiful building in the Gothic style, with a collection of Flemish, Spanish and Portuguese masterpieces from 15-1800s.