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Cerro da Vila, Quarteira

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The Roman Ruins of Cerro da Vila are the remnants of a historical villa in the Algarve region of southern Portugal. Its vestiges lie in the vicinity of the resort and marina of Vilamoura, in the civil parish of Quarteira, municipality of Loulé Municipality.
The area around Vilamoura, in which the remains of this Roman villa can be found, has been occupied with human activity for thousands of years. Graves dating back to the Bronze Age were discovered in the municipality in the Casão vineyard.
The Romans where the first to establish a settlement of any size within the locality; during the 2nd century, the region of the Algarve fell under the domain of Rome, under the rule of Gaius Julius Caesar Augustus (23 September 63 BC – 19 August AD 14). The region was integrated into the Province of Lusitania, in reorganized into three into three civitas: Balsa (Luz de Tavira), Ossonoba (Faro) and Ciuitas, whose capital was either Cilpes (Silves) or more probably at Lacobriga (Lagos). Cerro da Vila was situated in the Ossonoba territory and had a port, serving the fertile lands irrigated by a dam two kilometres from the settlement.
Following its construction, the villa was periodically occupied by Visigoths and Arab (Moorish) forces. A group of silos from the Moorish period, in the interior of the Roman houses, support continuous occupation after the Romans. Make Cerro da Vila a centerpiece of your Quarteira vacation itinerary, and find what else is worth visiting using our Quarteira trip planner.
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  • Still closed for 'inventory reasons'! No sign of it opening soon. It looks very interesting when viewed through the fence. The website needs updating to explain the long term closure. 
    Still closed for 'inventory reasons'! No sign of it opening soon. It looks very interesting when viewed through the fence. The website needs updating to explain the long term closure.  more »
  • Still closed 12/04/22. No information on the website signs on doors saying inventory check. No one around what so ever , you can get some photos though the fence 
    Still closed 12/04/22. No information on the website signs on doors saying inventory check. No one around what so ever , you can get some photos though the fence  more »
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  • Forget the beach for an hour or two and dive in the history of the roman villa that once stood right smack in the middle of Vilamoura. The ruins are well preserved and full of information complemented with beautiful illustrations showing us what once stood right in front of us. The mini-museum is also very clean, well organised and filled with beautiful pieces. If you choose to enrich your life, don't forget to give a warm welcome to Miss Silvia, she'll be the amazing person welcoming you to Cerro da Vila and providing you with the necessary tickets (that are well worth the price).
  • As of June 2022 it is temporarily closed. However you can still peer at the ruins from the fence, for free. They are only two minutes from the villamoura marina by foot so if you're in the area, why not?

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