Dating back to the first and second century AD, when the Algarve was controlled by the Roman Empire, the remains include granaries, the villa of a wealthy merchant—where sections of well-preserved mosaic have been uncovered—a necropolis and the remains of a public baths complex as well as evidence of a sophisticated water supply that was served by a dammed river 1.25 miles (two km) away. It is also possible to observe vestiges of the reception room, the bedrooms, the kitchen, servants and slaves service areas that included a cryptoporticum.
Although the major finds at Cerro da Vila are Roman, it is believed that the spot was occupied until the 11th century; alongside the Roman artefacts in the archaeological museum are medieval and Visigoth pieces as well as treasures from the 500-year Moorish occupation of southern Portugal.
This living slice of history is a must see for anyone interested in how we got here.
Cerro da Vila
Av. Cerro da Vila,
GPS: 37° 04' 28.80" N, -8° 07' 8.40" W
3VJJ+23 Quarteira, Portugal
Tel: +351 289 312 153