With regard to archaeology, the prolonged Roman presence in the Algarve left vestiges of considerable importance. As the case of the Hill gives Vila (Vilamoura), of Milreu (Esti) or Abicada (Portimo). The archaeological center of the Hill gives Vila is located in the avenue of the same name, near the navy of Vilamoura. In fertile territories of the old marsh, to less than five hundred meters of the coast, one rose " villa" Roman, turned into century III in conserve factory of fish, " garum" , done with vsceras of fish, molluscs and plants of the marsh. This zone was occupied from century I until they arrived brbaros" of the north of Europe in century V. The rest that put the excavations initiated in 1964 in the open include thermal water spas, pools with their respective canalizations for the fish and mosaics. In a small near museum the magnificent archaeological findings keep that, still nowadays, continue waking up great admiration.
In 1930 Roman other was open pie villae of centuries I and II near Portimo, in the Villa gives Abicada here also were constructed tanks for the fish conserve manufacture. In order to arrive, we must follow the state highway IN 125 of Light Portimo and turn to the left six kilometers before arriving at this last one, in the direction of Figueira. Crossing the route of the train and following a dirt road between cultivated fields. It will find villae in front of you, next to the borders of the river Farelo and the Green Senhora do. The archaeological center of Milreu is in the highway that goes of Light to Brs de Alportel, near Estoi, is Roman other villae constructed in centuries I and II.
Small agricultural operation began comoa and finished transformed into a luxurious house of field. Of the primitive house of farming as soon as it is nothing. Nevertheless, still rest of peristilo of the zone of recreation can be seen, with white marble columns that surrounded a swimming pool. The decoration, basically centered in the water we found, it also in the spas that were used for the baths of cold waters, tibias or I warm up. In that place a dedicated sanctuary was constructed in century IV to the cult of the water. One is the unique unit covered with the Iberian Peninsula in which small drawings of fish and oval forms of shells can be admired. Later it was turned into paleo-christian basilica and mosque. Original author and source of the article.