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Well Preserved Roman Ruins

Definitely worth a visit. We explored these ruins with a local guide. He told us quite a bit of... read more

Reviewed 25 November 2016
Newport News, Virginia
very good surprise

it´s a nice place in Vila dos Frades, a small but interesting Vila, the ruins are well preserved... read more

Reviewed 22 May 2015
jose g
Lisbon, Portugal
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Reviewed 19 May 2017

We stopped here while visiting the Alvito area. The Sao Cucufate ruins date from the middle of the 1st century. The villa served as a home to the Romans, a monastery, and a bishop's villa. Like modern homes, many renovations and additions happened, but over...More

Thank John M
Reviewed 28 February 2017

The day we visited there was no one in sight except for the lady manning the entrance. She gave us a very good pamphlet with lots of information about these ruins. The entrance fee was 3 euros or 1.50 for seniors. It is amazing how...More

1  Thank Lizzypumpkin
Reviewed 25 November 2016

Definitely worth a visit. We explored these ruins with a local guide. He told us quite a bit of history for the area and helped us envision what the area would have been like during Roman times. The site is well kept and has a...More

Thank virginian9
Reviewed 14 September 2016

A small but well preserved ruins of a roman villa. The guide map given on entrance is very informative and you get a great idea of how \ Roman villa would have been laid out.The guide map explains each part of the villa and how...More

Thank rainbowdolphin90
Reviewed 3 August 2016

We very much enjoyed visiting this stunning Roman villa complex; it was amazing to walk around and inside these old buildings and we really liked the way the site is organised; very friendly staff at the reception

1  Thank Jean Luc S
Reviewed 15 July 2015

We decided to take our children here (on a Thursday morning - 9th of July). We made 45 minute journey from Beja. We found the site closed, despite having checked the opening hours before we went. We decided to inquire at the affiliated museum in...More

Thank RuaSantaClara
Reviewed 22 May 2015

it´s a nice place in Vila dos Frades, a small but interesting Vila, the ruins are well preserved and show very well how was the roman life outside Roma

1  Thank jose g
Reviewed 26 October 2014

On a weekend outing from Beja, we happened upon these ruins outside the town of Vidigueira. While there are many Roman and Visigoth sites in the region, this is one of the most expansive. Entry is free the first Sunday of the month and at...More

1  Thank Frisbe44
Reviewed 13 July 2013

After stopping for refreshment in the pretty nearby working town of Vidigueira we arrived at the ruins about an hour before closing time. Apart from the receptionist the place was deserted. We anticipated a fairly routine walk around but suddenly we came upon the most...More

1  Thank PeterReigate
Reviewed 25 February 2013

This well-presented archaaeological Roman villa site is now open to visitors: there is a comprehensible audio-visual presentation with detailed computer-graphic reconstructions of the site, etc. etc. The impressive Villa ruins were later re-used c. the 11th c.as a cult centre dedicated to Sao Cucufate. The...More

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