With travel once more a possibility, the floodgates were open for a stream of visitors. We love to flaunt the best of the Algarve, tailored of course, to the individual. Our best man and life long friend, Chris, made his first ever visit here. In a few short days he marvelled at beaches and Fiddler crabs, scurrying around their salt marsh homes, and admired both landscape and architecture. A history buff, his favourite place was the Roman ruins at Milreu. I thought you might like to walk through them with us.
For a full history of Milreu, follow the link. My simplified version is that the site was originally a farmhouse, built in the 1st century, in open countryside north of Faro but close to the village of Estoi. At the end of the 3rd century, it was substantially redeveloped around a large central peristyle, with columns surrounding an open courtyard and thermal baths. Enhancements continued, including gardens and tiled mosaics with a maritime theme, a temple devoted to a water deity, a winery and oil processing mills.
After the 6th century the building was transformed into a Christian church, and the courtyard used as a cemetery during the Muslim occupation. The area was abandoned during the 10th century, until a rural house, now the interpretation centre, was added in the 16th century. In 1877 a Portuguese archaeologist, Estacio da Veiga, discovered the ruins and excavations followed, eventually leading to classification as a National Monument.
I had never been inside the interpretation centre before and found it an atmospheric addition to the development. Outside again, we spent some time trying to picture how it once must have been. The setting is tranquil and lovely.
A small museum completed our understanding of the site, which was once thought to be the ruins of the Roman city of Ossonoba, today known as Faro. It proved rather to be an extremely luxurious villa and temple.
I’m still happy to share walks that come my way. Please feel free to join me, whenever it suits.
Sarah’s been to some fabulous places and seen some wonderful sights :
While Teresa found this gem on a European tour :
A saunter around Savannah, with Alice, would be a lovely way to spend a day :
Then again, Marlborough seems to have a lot going for it. Thanks, Helen!
And you really can’t get more English than this! A historical tour with Mari :
Followed by a hop, skip and a jump with Margaret, in the beautiful Yorkshire Dales :
‘Known’ this lovely man for a long time, so it’s good to bring him here with me :
Every year I say I’ll join Robin in Walktober. Guess what? This year I have!
It’s been a wonderful couple of weeks here, full of friends and visitors. My daughter and husband left on Saturday, and my son arrives this Friday. As somebody remarked ‘my cup runneth over’. Wishing the same for you.