Igreja São Lourenço Church - Almancil

São Lourenço Church – Almancil

The Church of São Lourenço (St. Lawrence) in Almancil is considered one of the greatest artistic treasures in the Algarve. Built in the first half of the 18th century, it is a single nave church with a chancel covered by a beautiful dome. Extraordinary examples of Portuguese azulejos...
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Cerro da Vila – Vilamoura

In the late 2nd century, the Algarve was controlled by the Roman Empire under Gaius Julius Caesar Augustus. The land where Vilamoura is now was used primarily for agriculture. Ruins of a large villa complex remain here today...
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Municipal Museum of Portimão

The Municipal Museum of Portimão is a newly renovated facility split into three distinct sections exploring interesting aspects of the city’s past. The “Origin and Destiny of a Community” area takes advantage of the very structure housing the museum. Formerly a fish canning factory...
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Tavira Castle

The Castle of Tavira sits high in the center of city. Although now just a shell, it sits in tribute to a greater monument built in the 11th century by the Moors. Today, visitors can roam the grounds. A manicured garden now replaces the old castle parade. It is possible to climb the walls...
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Bone Chapel – Faro

In the Bone chapel of faro, it is written of the door, “Stop here and think of the fate that will befall you – 1816”. Not that you have anything to worry about. The skulls, femurs, vertebrae and other human bones are of monks of the local Carmelite order. This strange décor is actually a ...
Jewish Heritage Center Faro Isaac Britton Museum

Jewish Cemetery & Isaac Bitton Museum – Faro

he Faro Jewish Cemetery is the last remaining vestige of the post inquisition Jewish presence in the Algarve. 106 graves in the cemetery, which is paved with Portuguese calçada. 71 of the graves have inscriptions indicating burials took place here from 1838 to 1932. There is a tahara house...
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Alcoutim Castle

The Alcoutim Castle was built in the 14th century to defend the border from invaders. It sits atop a hill overlooking the Guardiana River and Spain. Inside the walls of the castle are several interesting attrac...