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Vila Romana de Milreu

Roman complex in Milreu Roman complex in Milreu© Região de Turismo do Algarve

Milreu Roman Villa and Temple

A 10 kilometre drive inland from Faro town centre, the sleepy town of Estoi features some of the Algarve’s best preserved Roman ruins.  The Milreu site, just off the N2 highway, was excavated in 1877.  The oldest part of the Roman ruins are thought to date back to 1st or 2nd century A.D. with a large villa and temple being added later, probably in the third century. 

Mosaic - Roman Ruins of Milreu

Mosaic - Roman Ruins of Milreu

Following Hadrian

 

The aquatic temple mosaics suggest that the temple may have been dedicated to a sea god. Later the temple was converted to a church, and during the Moorish period it was used as a mosque and burial site. In later centuries the temple ruins were converted to farm buildings and what is left of the farmhouse can still be seen today. A number of sculptures from the site are on display in Faro's Museu Municipal.

Probably the best thing to see here is the bath house which is adorned by some excellent mosaics of large fish and squid and contains the ruins of a frigidarium (cold water plunge pool) and an apodyterium (changing rooms) as well as an underfloor heating system.  There is a small museum on-site to help you get the most out of your visit.

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Estoi

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Situated less than 10 km from Faro and the coast is the charming little town of Estoi. It is well worth a visit if you are staying on the coast although it probably doesn't constitute a day trip in its own right.

The village is the usual Algarve...

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