During the first six months of this year, the monuments supervised by the Regional Directorate of Culture of the Algarve (DRCAlg) recorded an increase in the number of visitors, compared to the same period in 2021, and numbers very close to those recorded before the pandemic, in 2019.
In total, the Fortress of Sagres, the Chapel of Nossa Senhora de Guadalupe and the Roman Ruins of Milreu received, until June 30 of this year, 177.389 visitors, an increase of 393,67% compared to the first half of 2021, which is translated into an increase of 141.456 visitors.
The Fortress of Sagres remained, this semester, as the most visited monument, with 166.474 visitors, 132.558 more than in the same period (2021). In percentage terms, there was a growth of 390,84%, approaching the number of visitors in 2019.
The Roman Ruins of Milreu received 9.231 visitors in the first six months of this year, a figure that, according to the Algarve Regional Directorate, «largely exceeds the number of visitors in 2021 (1.584), and also the number registered in 2019 (9.186) in a period counterpart".
In 2022, this monument has already registered 7.647 more entries than in the previous year, which corresponds to an increase of 482,77%.
According to the Regional Directorate of Culture, the Chapel of Nossa Senhora de Guadalupe “is the monument whose recovery is being slower, compared to the pre-pandemic period. However, from January to June 2022, it had an increase of 288,91%, compared to the same period last year, with 1.251 more visitors».
The growth registered in the first half of this year «allows us to anticipate the recovery or even the increase in the number of visitors to the three monuments protected by DRCAlg, compared to data from the pre-pandemic period», concludes the entity.