Roman Ruins of Milreu
Roman Ruins of Milreu
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  • John D
    New York City, New York
    4.0 of 5 bubbles
    Slice of Ancient History
    Roman Ruins of Milreu provide a nice slice of Roman history. The site isn't large but paints a good picture of slice of life. I would have liked if there was more information about the context of the site (for example how it fit into the larger picture of its times).
    Visited June 2023
    Written 3 July 2023
  • _Time_Trav3l_
    Whitchurch-Stouffville, Canada
    4.0 of 5 bubbles
    Great but bring your own interpretive information
    It has great potential but the staff is disinterested in providing visitors with information. They were very interested in their own mobiles. The various plaques around the site are unreadable due to weathering. No maintenance of the site is evident. No maps are provided to explain what you are looking at. If you can get the Wiki for the site it will at least provide background. The site has excellent examples of Roman mosaics, structures, and detail. Well worth a visit but you are on your own as far as information about the site.
    Visited February 2024
    Travelled as a couple
    Written 8 February 2024
  • JRAsFishBabe
    Calgary, Canada
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    History at your doorstep.
    We were staying at Quinta do Mocho in April and Antonio suggested a visit to the Roman ruins of Milreu. These well preserved ruins are situated close to the "Turismo Rural", just outside the town of Estoi. They are composed of the remnants of a very luxurious Roman villa and several other surrounding buildings, including a temple, dating from around the first to the fourth century AD. There are well preserved mosaics, mostly maritime motifs, on the site, decorating the walls and the floors of the villa. There is also a sixteenth century farmhouse on the site as well as an interpretive centre. Check on the opening hours, but when we were there, it was open from nine to five, most days of the week. Admission was two Euro. This really is a very worthwhile site to visit.
    Visited April 2023
    Travelled as a couple
    Written 29 February 2024
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Ann R
York, UK
1.0 of 5 bubbles
May 2024 • Couples
As it's my birthday we decided on a treat & a drive from Tavira to Milreu Roman site. It was a drizzly day so visited the Poussada at Estoi first. The sun came out so we drove back to Milreu for the visit. At 1pm we walked up the path to find the entrance locked, stating closed from 1 to 2pm. To say I am livid & disgusted is an understatement. This is Portugal, it doesn't change. Drove back to Tavira!
Written 16 May 2024
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JRAsFishBabe
Calgary, Canada
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Apr 2023 • Couples
We were staying at Quinta do Mocho in April and Antonio suggested a visit to the Roman ruins of Milreu. These well preserved ruins are situated close to the "Turismo Rural", just outside the town of Estoi. They are composed of the remnants of a very luxurious Roman villa and several other surrounding buildings, including a temple, dating from around the first to the fourth century AD. There are well preserved mosaics, mostly maritime motifs, on the site, decorating the walls and the floors of the villa. There is also a sixteenth century farmhouse on the site as well as an interpretive centre. Check on the opening hours, but when we were there, it was open from nine to five, most days of the week. Admission was two Euro. This really is a very worthwhile site to visit.
Written 29 February 2024
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_Time_Trav3l_
Whitchurch-Stouffville, Canada
4.0 of 5 bubbles
Feb 2024 • Couples
It has great potential but the staff is disinterested in providing visitors with information. They were very interested in their own mobiles.

The various plaques around the site are unreadable due to weathering. No maintenance of the site is evident. No maps are provided to explain what you are looking at.

If you can get the Wiki for the site it will at least provide background. The site has excellent examples of Roman mosaics, structures, and detail. Well worth a visit but you are on your own as far as information about the site.
Written 9 February 2024
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JYarba
Huntsville, AL
4.0 of 5 bubbles
May 2023 • Family
There are many things I expected to see in the Algarve, but Roman ruins were certainly not one of them. These are not the most well-preserved Roman ruins in the world, but there are still some fantastic and weird tile mosaics to behold. And you can really get right up close and personal with these walls and pillars, which is not always possible with ruins of this type. It's also of interest that these ruins are from Rome's Christian era, as discernible from the remains of a large church with a baptistry. There's also a 16th century Portuguese farmhouse on the site (with some of its floors removed to excavate the Roman ruins underneath it), as well as a small indoor museum with some reproduced busts of Roman emperors and a descriptive scale model of the ruins (needed because the outdoor signs are faded and all in Portuguese). Finally, make sure to wear closed-toe shoes when touring--there are some sharp rocks and roots sticking up from the ground in some places. Definitely worth the few Euros it costs to get in.
Written 29 July 2023
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John
London, UK
4.0 of 5 bubbles
July 2023 • Family
Excellent site with a number of wonderful mosaics. A great place to visit if you are interested in Roman history. Bring a bottle of water on a hot day though - they don't sell any at the entrance!
Written 26 July 2023
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John D
New York City, NY
4.0 of 5 bubbles
June 2023
Roman Ruins of Milreu provide a nice slice of Roman history. The site isn't large but paints a good picture of slice of life. I would have liked if there was more information about the context of the site (for example how it fit into the larger picture of its times).
Written 3 July 2023
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Kirk E
Santa Fe, NM
4.0 of 5 bubbles
Dec 2022
These unheralded ruins, located a short distance south of the Estoi's village center, provide a remarkable glimpse at early Christian Era Roman history. The site is deceptively nondescript, but a walk through the sleekly modern visitors' center leads to an extensive and carefully, partially restored villa that bears evidence of its former owners' prominence; over time, Milreu metamorphosed into a worship site replete with a Romanesque chapel. The amazing tile floors, decorated with marine motifs, are some of the best preserved in this part of Europe -- all the more remarkable for remaining in the open air.
Written 20 January 2023
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JJJC_Family
Virginia
4.0 of 5 bubbles
Oct 2022
We stayed in the Vila Milreu Guest House (excellent) maybe 3-5 minute walk down the road from the roads, which was so close we decided to leave our car at the guest house. We had passed and debated whether to bother as we had seen many Roman ruins on our trips to Europe and from driving past these ruins, there did not appear to be much to see, In the end , we said "what the hell, we're here and it will only take 10-15 minutes at most. Wrong. It is actually a much larger site than it seemed and had much more to see. There were several instances of mosaics, which were pretty good, some enclosed in a building that started out Roman and kept being enhanced over the millennia. We ended up staying an hour and enjoying every minute there, a pleasant surprise. When we came in there were just a handful of people there and we surmised that it was not frequented by many tourists. Wrong, again. By the time we left there a whole bunch of people who had come in. If you have seen many ruins, this is not an absolute must, nor even you are on a tight schedule, but if ruins are your thing and have a short amount of time to spare, I believe will be satisfied with your visit here.
Written 4 November 2022
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Dilan A
Stevenage, UK
4.0 of 5 bubbles
Aug 2022 • Family
A great collection of small assortment of ruins of a villa, interspersed with a medieval home above the original Roman home. Some surprising preservations and seeing them up close and personal allows a real feel of what it was like with the artisans at the time.
Written 19 August 2022
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Jon007
South Yorkshire, UK
5.0 of 5 bubbles
June 2022
You need a car or taxi to get here.

Amazing how these ruins - actually the ruins of a
single Roman Villa - have been left to weather and to suffer the feet of visitors.
There is a sign saying the removal of artifacts is illegal, but I'm sure many people won't resist the temptation to take a single mosaic tile...

Check opening hours - they were closed 12-2 when we went at around 1! Good local restaurant just up the road in Estoi: O Belo Sol.

Good but basic 'gift shop' with some interesting books and booklets.
Written 19 June 2022
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