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Cerro da Vila

Vilamoura, Portugal
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Ranked #5 of 14 attractions in Vilamoura
Type: Ancient Ruins, History Museums
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English first
Nottingham, United Kingdom
5 reviews 5 reviews
4 helpful votes 4 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 22, 2014 NEW

It felt like such a scandal that the Irish bars in Vilamoura were heaving, whilst this window on ancient history was pretty much deserted when we visited last week. For a meagre 3 euros (kids go free) you can see some fabulous mosaics and some astonishing 3,000 year old finds. As Vilamoura is otherwise a bit of a culture-free zone... More

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Dublin, Ireland
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33 reviews 33 reviews
10 attraction reviews
42 helpful votes 42 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 11, 2014

These Roman ruins were fantastic! We paid €3 each and we had the run of the place! We were alone in the ruins and there was a lot more to explore than usual - there was even original mosaic flooring. Would definitely recommend but be careful of your footwear as i had a slight mishap in my flip flops.

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Edinburgh, United Kingdom
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28 reviews 28 reviews
16 attraction reviews
21 helpful votes 21 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 8, 2014

This is such an interesting site - a big villa, spa baths, port and a few smaller houses. We went early when it was still cool enough to linger but the site is very exposed so I wouldn't recommend going at midday. It is of course all ruins but the helpful info boards and site map help you bring it... More

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Bradford, United Kingdom
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7 reviews 7 reviews
4 attraction reviews
14 helpful votes 14 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed July 7, 2014

Saw this on the map and was intrigued. Was a bit hard to find as you need to get on the right road but once there a very interesting and well laid out piece of history seeing the Roman Ruins. Its a shame that it is not advertised and signed posted better as this would promote more interest which is... More

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26 reviews 26 reviews
6 attraction reviews
18 helpful votes 18 helpful votes
2 of 5 stars Reviewed July 7, 2014

Arrived here to find an empty reception area and not a soul around. Wandered into the exhibition area and got shouted at by extremely rude female receptionist who suddenly appeared from a back room "you have to pay!". Er, yes, we realised this, but how could we pay when there was no-one to take our money?!

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Senior Contributor
46 reviews 46 reviews
29 attraction reviews
29 helpful votes 29 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed July 4, 2014

Found this on a walk around Vilamoura, near the marina. For only €3 you can wander around this very interesting excavation of a Roman villa and surrounding buildings with very well preserved features. The information boards at significant points were very clear (in English) and informative. There was also a good display of artefacts in the reception building. Nice clean... More

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Birmingham, United Kingdom
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6 reviews 6 reviews
10 helpful votes 10 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 2, 2014

Really interesting to potter around and only €3 per person with a map of the site and information boards (in English) and illustrations helping you to understand what you're seeing. All in great condition - less imagination required than with other ancient ruins I've seen! Closed on Mondays! We looked and didn't see that useful snippet online anywhere, so bear... More

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Edinburgh, United Kingdom
13 reviews 13 reviews
10 attraction reviews
10 helpful votes 10 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed June 24, 2014

This surprising site is near the centre of Vilamoura. It is mostly a Roman site, of a what I would describe a small Roman farm - with villa, baths, storage rooms, with wine making and fish paste (garum) remains. There seems to be a port on the edge of the villa complex. Its all in very good condition and well... More

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Ennis, Ireland
16 reviews 16 reviews
3 attraction reviews
17 helpful votes 17 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed June 21, 2014

A good break from the modern life of the marina and yet what you see reminds you that these enjoyed the good life back then with baths, steam rooms, etc over a large site ( it does require your imagination but the info boards in English and Portuguese hel)

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Grimsby, England, United Kingdom
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25 reviews 25 reviews
6 attraction reviews
13 helpful votes 13 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 12, 2014

Have visited several roman ruins in the UK and thought this would be the same, but it is definitely different. It was very interesting and the descriptions around the site are very good. You get a real idea of what Roman life was like.

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