Museums and Monuments in the Algarve

Find out about the museums and monuments of the Algarve and how to make the most of them using discount tickets and vouchers...

There are many museums, monuments and sites of historical interest to visit in the area. Here are just a few.

Museu Municipal de Faro

A museum of archaeology contained inside the former convent Nossa Senhora da Assunção. The main exhibits include a gallery of 16th century Italian paintings, a 2,000-year-old Roman floor mosaic and a collection of Moorish oil lamps.

  • Museu Municipal de Faro (in Portuguese)
    At: Largo Afonso III 14, 8000-167 Faro
    Tel: 289 897 400
    Fax: 289 897 419
    Open: Tuesday to Friday 10:00-18:00, Saturday and Sunday 10:30-17:00 (October to May); Tuesday to Friday 10:00-19:00, Saturday and Sunday 11:30-18:00 (June to September)

Museu Municipal Dr José Formosinho de Lagos

The Museu Munícipal Doctor José Formosinho exhibits items related to the history of Lagos, archaeology, minerals, painting and Algarve's ethnography and marine world. It displays Roman, Arab and Portuguese archaeological artefacts, decorative and artistic objects.

  • Museu Municipal de Lagos (in Portuguese)
    At: Rua General Alberto da Silveira, Lagos
    Tel: 282 762 301
    Open: daily 09:30-12:30 and 14:00-17:00 (except holidays)

Museu Etnográfico do Trajo Algarvio

A collection of local costumes, traditional handicraft, carriages and papier-mâché figures are housed at the Museu Etnográfico do Trajo.

  • Museu do Trajo
    : Rua Dr Jose Dias Sancho 61, S. Brás de Alportel
    Tel: 289 840 100

Museu Munícipal de Arqueológia

This archaeological museum exhibits a range of artefacts from the Prehistoric, Roman, Visigoth, Islamic and Modern periods. Guided tours are available.

  • Museu Municipal de Arqueologia
    : Praça da República 1, 8200 Albufeira
    Tel: 289 588 798
    Fax: 289 588 889
    Open: 10:30-17:00 (October to May) and 14:30-20:00 (June to September)

Discount Card

The Cartão Algarve is a discount card that allows people to book events, tickets, accommodation and trips at tourist information offices. Information regarding payment and dates is stored on the card, which is then swiped to allow entry to the event or attraction.

  • For further information contact the Região de Turismo do Algarve: Tel: 289 800 400