Ruínas Romanas de Milreu

Located to the west of the historic village of Estoi, 8 km from Faro, the Villa Romana de Milreu reveals a continued occupation from the 1st century to the 11th century. Knowledge of its history reveals that it was inhabited by families of high social and political status, who were provided with the needs not only of a rural daily life, but also of great recreational experience.

In the 4th century, a richly decorated religious building was erected and is still preserved until the beginning of the vaults, intended for the private worship of the family. Christianized in the 6th century, the temple would also serve the cult in the Islamic period and until the 11th century. Between the centuries. In the 16th and 19th centuries, a rural house with cylindrical buttresses was built over the private rooms of the old Roman house.

The richness of this rustic villa is evident in the important volume of archaeological finds, such as predominantly marine-themed mosaics, various marble and ceramic coverings, painted stucco and decorative sculpture.

Free admission
  • In Sundays and Public Holidays until 2.00 pm for all residents in the national territory. A donation ticket may still be purchased if you wish to make a donation of any value
  • Children up to the age of 12
  • Residents in the municipality
  • Members of APOM/ICOM and ICOMOS
  • Researchers, conservators, restorers, museum and/or heritage professionals as part of their work
  • Teachers and students at any level of education as part of study visits that have been booked in advance; *
  • Groups from the IPSS or local authorities’ Social Action and Institutions of Public Interest, with prior authorization by the DRCAlgarve
  • Journalists on duty, communicated in advance
  • Institutional patrons of the monuments in question
  • Members of the Associação dos Amigos dos Monumentos (Association of Friends of Monuments) and the Associação dos Amigos dos Castelos (Association of Friends of Castles)
  • Unemployed citizens, resident in EU member countries
  • Youths celebrating theirs 18th birthday in the year of the visit. Proof of portuguese residency required
  • Students in vocational education or superior in historical-artistic areas, tourism, heritage and cultural management.

Note: Exemptions and discounts are applicable upon documentary evidence