The region of the Alentejo flatlands is home to the district and city of Beja. If you decide to visit Beja, make time in your schedule. You will need to spend longer than a weekend in Beja. In Serpa, you will find a 13th century castle with fortified walls with a built-in aqueduct as well as St. Mary’s Church. You can view the majestic staircase of the Palace of Paço das Condes de Ficalho. Beja is the town in Alentejo. Beja tourism describes its beautiful garden at the Castelo de Baja in lavish terms. It also notes that shopping in Beja is best on Rua Capital João Francisco de Sousa. Come during the local festival to catch a glimpse of Beja culture or wander over to discover local history at the Queen Lenor Regional Museum. There are other things to do in Beja, other Beja attractions to see. Climb the tower of the 13th century Castelo de Beja or wander through the Convent of Our Lady of Conception. This is one of the most fabled of Beja sights. At this convent, according to legend, a young nun fell in love with a French Marquis. The result of this forbidden love affair was a book, The Portuguese Letters.