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Algarve Points of Interest - Traditional Culture

And because the culture in the Algarve is not only made of magnificent beaches and an enviable climate, the Algarve offers a rich ethnographic heritage that deserves the best attention of all those who pass through here. 

Besides the delicious gastronomy, natural landscapes and handicraft, the Algarve also has a considerable number of monuments and historical sites.

Estói Palace - built in the early 20th century by the viscount of Estói, is an architectural and landscape complex of about four hectares in the village of Estói, near Faro. This architectural complex has geometric French-style gardens decorated with statues, where there are also orange trees and palm trees, the palace, rococo style, is decorated with tile panels and stained-glass windows. Classified as a Property of Public Interest, this palace saw its grandeur being reborn when it was transformed into a luxury hotel, invited to join the exclusive "Small Luxury Hotels of the World" group in 2015, in recognition of its unique location and excellent customer service.

Portimão Museum - Created in the renovated building of the former "Feu Hermanos" canning factory, dating from the late 19th century. Created on May 17th, 2008, the museum is a centre for cultural dissemination and space for discovering the origins and evolution of the community, its territory and the most significant aspects of its industrial and maritime history. The museum arose at a time when it was fundamental to fix the memory of reality about to disappear, namely by the force of tourism, so the museum ends up defining the matrixes and protecting the cultural heritage of the city.

Faro Museum - The museum's mission is the research, conservation, documentation, enhancement and dissemination of material and immaterial testimonies of Man from a regional perspective. installed in the Convent of Nossa Senhora da Assunção, a 16th-century building, whose collection consists of archaeological specimens from the Roman, Arab and Medieval periods.