Cerro da Vila
A visit to Cerro da Vila Museum and Archaeological Site is a 5000-year journey through the history of humankind.
The route through the ruins provides an immersive experience of a typical Roman maritime villa (c. 1st – 5th AD). Inside the villa are mosaics, luxurious fountains (domus), public and private baths, fish sauces factories, funerary monuments (columbaria, inhumation graves) and highlights the existence of a fluvial port serving as a trading post.
In the museum, the temporal incursion begins with an on-site appreciation of the graves unearthed in Vinha do Casão cemetery, Vilamoura, Algarve (c. 12th – 10th BC), in a period that the south of the Iberian Peninsula focused their economy on the exploration and production of bronze metal.
In this time travel, demand goes through the Roman (c. 1st – 5th AD), and Islamic (c. 8th – 12th AD) period. Archaeological artifacts related to architecture, sculpture, commerce and death are shown, with many of them being unique in Portugal.
Listed in the TOP 10 places to visit during a trip to the Algarve Region, Cerro da Vila Museum and Archaeological Site is the perfect cultural shelter in the 21st century cosmopolitan Vilamoura.
- Children up to 13 years old – free of charge
- 14 to 64 years old – 4€
- Students – 2€
- Over 65 years old – 2€
- Groups over 10 people – 2€ each
Suitable for families.
Distance – 5min walking from Marina de Vilamoura / accessible by car.
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“A slice of ancient history”
Really interesting articles from Roman, Islamic and Bronze Age. There is also illustrations to show what the Villa would have looked like through the ages, along with the changing seascape and landscape.
“A must see if you like history”
An extensive Roman site, including superb villa entrance mosaic and both private and public bathing rooms. Explained in bi-lingual signs across the site, together with a small museum of some of the found items from the excavations.
“An historical gem.”
Allow around 30-60 minutes to walk around these ruins. Just 3-4 minutes uphill walk from the marina, this hidden gem provides the well preserved foundations of a 2,000 yr old site.