Beja is a city in Portugal located in the Alentejo region. It is a suitable holiday destination for those who prefer a calm city life. Located in a hilly region, Beja was founded and inhabited by different ethnic groups since the Celtic times. During the Roman era, the place was named by Julius Caesar as Pax Julia. Owing to its strong historic affiliation, the city is popular among travelers who seek to explore historic places and monuments. My weekend in the city was mainly spent on visiting some old museums, churches, and a hilltop castle. Read on for more details on my short trip to Beja.
Castelo De Beja
The entry was free and we toured the entire castle, which mainly comprises the tower, battlement, and the fort walls. The views from the castle were great and the place was quite windy. The history of the place was indeed interesting. The construction of the hilltop castle was started in the 13th century, but it was left incomplete. Until the 18th century, several rulers took up the task of building different parts of the fortress.
Museu Regional De Beja (Beja Regional Museum)
The museum building was originally a convent which was built in the year 1495. This was the convent where the famed nun Mariana Alcoforado had lived. The place houses a beautiful old church designed in baroque style. The museum displays medieval artworks from Roman times. Lots of beautiful paintings, statues, sculptures, and mosaic works are exhibited here. The best part is that the place welcomes the visitors for free.
Igreja De Santo Amaro
Founded in 900s, the ancient church has now been kept as a specialty museum. It is considered as another branch of the Beja Regional Museum and houses a fine collection of pre-Romanesque artworks. The architectural remnants exhibited in the museum relate to the influence of early Christianity and other cultures that reined among the inhabitants of this ancient town.
Aveiro is a city located in the central region of Portugal. With a total area of 76.29 sq mile, the city has been designated as a Municipality. The presence of several historical monuments and medieval structures attracts lots of tourists to this beautiful place. The Aveiro River that runs along the city, facilities a wide range of activities like boat tours and fishing. I had a great time with my family in Aveiro and some of the places worth mentioning are as follows:
Museu De Aveiro
To enjoy the rich heritage of Aveiro you must definitely visit Museu de Aveiro (Museum of Aveiro). The museum is a part of a 15th century convent known as the “old Convent of Jesus”. Eventually, the convent became popular for being the residence of Princess Saint Joana. The highlight of the place is “the Church of Jesus” which is known for its baroque artwork, hand-painted tiles, and golden woodwork. My visit to the museum was a beautiful spiritual experience and I would definitely recommend this place.
Parque Infante D. Pedro
Parque Infante D. Pedro is a beautiful park in Aveiro that houses an amazing art nouveau bandstand. The gardens and pathways are adorned with beautiful shrubs and flowering plants. There are small ponds with bridges across that add life to the whole background. There are picnic tables at different spots within the park so that tourists can relax and have a great outing with family and friends.
If you are in Aveiro, make sure that you visit the Forum Aveiro. It is a mall that has a huge shopping area outside the mall building. It is like a shopping street where people can enjoy the views while browsing the stores. The place has a theatre, a rooftop garden, and a great food court. There is so much to see, learn, and buy at this amazing place that it can keep you engaged for hours.
Wolverhampton, a city in central England, is famous for many things such as; art galleries, Indian as well as British cuisine, parks, and bars. Though it hasn’t been a huge tourist attraction, it definitely has quite some surprises for you.
Places to visit
Bantok Museum all about the life in the Edward Era, that is set up in the huge parkland that spans 43 acres. The house is known for its décor and finery in glasses. The arts and craftsmanship of the house are the result of the Art and Craft Movement. A lot of fun activities happen here for all age groups and entry is free. They also have a cafe with homemade ice cream and food.
Northycote Farm and Country Park has a lot of Picnic places with facilities for baby changing. The park also offers a splendid walking space with a few ice cream and beverage shops. It’s not open every day so check before heading. Also, the entry is free, but on occasions like Halloween and Christmas, they charge a small amount.
The Art Gallery in Wolverhampton has a nice collection of Georgian arts, but that’s not all. It also has a nice cafe which sells bacons and cakes.
Pubs and hotels
There are a lot of Indian Restaurants situated in the center of the city. If you haven’t tasted their food, you’d visit isn’t complete. Try out the Tandoori from the award-winning; Bilash Tandoori in Cheapside, beef chilly fry from The Ship and Italian cuisine from Bella at the Chapel Ash. The Cowshed is another great local hotel.
Are you in a mood to taste some real Ale? Go straight to Vine Inn or Combermere Arms to taste some fine collection of Ale.
If you are a fan of bars and pubs then you need to see Lichfield Street and Queen Street. The nightlife, with its live music and bars, will set you on edge.