26.04.2013 - 26.04.2013 24 °C
Another beautiful day saw us exploring the ruins of the Roman villa of Milreu at Estoi, near Faro. Dated from the 1st century AD, there's not an awful lot left to see, but the mosaics are beautiful and an overall idea of the villa can be obtained from the signs as you walk around. It was a huge complex, with evidence of olive oil production and wine making, and probably the ubiquitous fish sauce, if the amount of fish mosaics are anything to go by! The walls of the sanctuary still stand quite high, and there are the remains of several bath houses. There is a large building which covers some of the Roman villa; it doesn't look very old, but parts are dated to the early Middle Ages. It was lived in until the early 20th century.
In the evening we enjoyed a traditional Algarve fish dish in the old district of Faro, accompanied by some good Fado singers and lovely guitar music.