The Top 7 Museums in the Algarve

The Algarve
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Nina Santos

Immerse in the Algarve‘s culture and history by visiting one of its many museums, full of artifacts and documents that trace back through multiple centuries (and in some cases, millennia). These spots follow the changes that occurred over time, from battles and conquests to the artistic and architectural revolutions, to socioeconomics. While visiting this beautiful part of Portugal, why not learn as much as you can?

Castelo de Loulé

This 13th-century castle is home to an archeological museum that shows off relics from the Bronze Age and Roman occupation. It’s a small castle compared to others in the region, but still worth a visit for a small entry fee of €1.

Monday to Friday: 9 AM to 5:30 PM; Saturday: 9:00 AM to 2:00 PM and 3:00 PM to 5:00 PM.

R. Dom Paio Peres Correia 17, 8100-564 Loulé, Portugal, +351 289 400 642

The archeological museum inside the Castelo de Loulé is worth a visit

Museu Marítimo Almirante Ramalho Ortigão

Situated near the docks in Faro, the Maritime Museum is another perfectly located spot dedicated to highlighting the influences of fishing and the maritime industry in the lives of the people in the Algarve, as well as in Portugal. The pieces and artifacts on display have been collected by members of the Portuguese Navy and other governmental branches, filling up three rooms.

Monday to Friday: 9 AM to 12:00 PM and 2:30 PM to 5:00 PM

Rua Comunidade Lusíada, Faro, Portugal, + 351 289 894 990

1. Portuguese Discoveries Wax Museum


Hints of Portugals role in the Age of Discoveries are all over Portugal
The Portuguese played a vital role during Europe’s Age of Discoveries and now, anyone interested can get a feel for what that time was like in Lagos’s wax museum. Opened in 2014, it is one of the area’s younger museums, and it’s also one of the most unique with 16 different scenarios and descriptions to enjoy.

During the week: 10:00 AM – 6:00 PM

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