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Ancient street village the Estoi. Ancient street village the Estoi.

"Estoi borders on the Central and Eastern Algarve in the Serra do Caldeirao foot hills.

The town has much to offer and is well worth the inland trip.

Estoi comes under the parish of Faro, famous for its palace (nicknamed the Pink Palace).

When entering Estoi from the east, a Roman ruin stands, known as Milreu Roman ruins.

The oldest part of the ruins is a 1st- or 2nd-century AD Roman villa, part of an agricultural settlement.

Later, in the 3rd century AD, it was a luxurious house with a large bathing complex. Later it became a sanctuary, up until the 6th Century.

At the centre of Estoi sits an impressive church, with a mixture of styles: Corinthian columns for the entrance, with front façade of Roman influence, then a Moorish-style bell tower.

Estoi has many fine merchants’ houses with carved stone adorning doorways and window surrounds, with fancy cast iron Juliet balconies. Estoi has other small squares in the town, with the influence of the Moorish period displayed in many of the larger houses.

In the centre of the village is a daily indoor fish and fruit and vegetables market that is open until midday.

Estoi is not just well known for its palace, holding huge events just off a side road from the main church.

In May and August Estoi holds a large equestrian shows that take place until the early hours. The parade has decorated horse-drawn carriages and buggies."*

*Excerpt from Karl Bradshaw-White (2015-01-30). Algarve Travel Guide: 54 Cities/Towns/Villages. Austin Macauley Publishers Ltd.

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