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Posted by portugalpress on January 11, 2017

The Algarve’s monuments enjoyed another year of growth in 2016 thanks to a 5.1% increase in the number of visitors compared to 2015.

According to the region’s culture board (DRCA), around 370,000 people visited the four Algarve monuments it manages – Sagres Fortress, the Chapel of Nossa Senhora de Guadalupe, the Megalithic Monuments of Alcalar and Milreu’s Roman ruins.

The board said Sagres Fortress registered the third highest number of visitors (over 320,000) since it opened to the public in 1997.

But it was the Roman ruins of Milreu that saw the most significant rise in visitor numbers (+21.8%).

DRCA attributes the growing interest to the DiVaM programme, created in 2014 and designed to promote the region’s monuments and attract more visitors.