Ermida de Guadalupe (Photo: Luciano Rafael)

Visitor numbers recover at Algarve monuments

Sagres Fortress is most visited monument 

The Algarve’s state-managed monuments welcomed just over 177,000 visitors in the first half of 2022, a number that is “very close” to that registered in the same period in 2019 before the Covid-19 pandemic.

The number of visitors has also increased a whopping 393.6% compared to the first six months of 2021, a clear result of the restrictions and limitations that were still in place last year in Portugal.

According to data from the Algarve Regional Board of Culture (DRCAlg), Sagres Fortress remains the most visited monument by far, having attracted 166,474 visitors between January and June 2022 – an increase of 132,558 compared to the first half of 2021.

The Roman Ruins of Milreu in Estoi welcomed 9,231 visitors, a number that not only blows the 2021 mark out of the water (1,584) but also improves upon the number registered in 2019 (9,186).

The Chapel of Our Lady of Guadalupe (Ermida de Nossa Senhora de Guadalupe) in Vila do Bispo is the monument experiencing the slowest recovery, having welcomed 1,684 people in the first half of this year. It is nonetheless a 288.91% increase compared to the same period last year.

Says DRCAlg, “the growth registered in the first half of this year allows us to anticipate the recovery or even the increase of the number of visitors at the three monuments managed by DRCAlg, compared to the data from the pre-pandemic period.”

By Michael Bruxo