Castelo de Loulé
The town of Loulé - known under the muslims as al-Ûlyã (the hilltop) – was, and still remains, the largest urban area in the Algarve which has no direct contact with the sea. The walls of the old madina, with several lath-and-plaster turrets and walls disguised amongst the houses, date back to the 12th-13th centuries. In the subsoil countless vestiges of buildings and layers of earth with materials from that period are preserved.
Among these, are the remains of the public baths and of the ancient mosque with its minaret, as this building was converted into a church (the actual São Clemente parish church) by Christians after the conquest of the city from the Moors in 1249.
During the 14th and 15th centuries the former castle, with its towers in moorish tradition, was adapted to serve as the governor's residence, and now houses the Archaeological Museum.
Rua Dom Paio Peres Correia, 17
Monday to Friday: 9am-6pm / saturday and holidays: 10am-5pm
Guided tours are available by appointment.