Cerro da Vila Roman Ruins
Cerro da Vila is a museum and archaeological site right in the center of Vilamoura, next to the Marina. The remains of the Roman villa date back to circa 27 B.C. and 14 A.D. and were discovered in 1963. The walls are long gone but the foundations of the villa and surrounding buildings are still intact. The mosaics are especially well preserved and there is a small museum with artefacts from Roman, Islamic and Bronze Age.
The site was discovered by a farmer in 1963 and excavation started the next year. Over the years various teams have worked on the site, the last excavation was in 2008 but research, restoration and investigation is ongoing.
It takes about 30-60 minutes to visit the Cerro da Vila Archaeological site and Museum. Located after the Post Office and before the Lake Resort, the ruins are within walking distance from central Vilamoura.
Virtual Tour of the Cerro da Vila Museum
You can virtually visit the Cerro da Vila for free: Online 3D Tour of the Cerro da Vila Roman Ruins
Adults (14 – 64): € 4.00
Seniors (65+): €2.00
Group of 10 or more: €2.00
Children (0-13): Free
Opening Hours for Cerro da Vila
Monday to Friday: 9:30 – 12:30 and 14:00 – 18:00
Week-ends and holidays: Closed
Contacts and more information
Cerro da Vila
Av. Cerro da Vila
Tel: + 351 289 312 153
Map and Directions
Other Historical sites in the Algarve
If you enjoyed the Cerro da Vila site then check-out these historical attractions in the Algarve:
- Roman Ruins of Milreu in Estói (near Faro)
- Silves Castle
- Sagres Fort – Fortaleza de Belixe
- Loulé Market
- Faro Old Town
- Estói Palace
- Faro Bone Chapel (Igreja do Carmo)
- Church of São Lourenço Almancil
- Slave Market Museum in Lagos
Is the Cerro da Vila Museum wheel chair accessible?
The museum and entrance is flat and there are no steps or obstacles, the exhibit is all on one floor. The outdoor section (excavation site) might be a bit more difficult to navigate with a wheelchair as the paths are either unpaved or cobblestones.