Chalé João Lúcio


Surrounded by nature, Casa João Lúcio is one of the finest examples of architectural heritage in the Algarve region.

Located in Quinta de Marim, the home of poet João Lúcio is a must-visit for those who want to see the beautiful chalets from the early 20th century in this municipality. Construction began around 1916, but the work was interrupted by the death of its owner, João Lúcio, a lawyer and poet, in 1918.

The João Lúcio Chalet is a rotating house with a circular plan, lacking a rear facade, and therefore also a main facade. The squaring of the circle, present in various systems of thought, gives this house, among other elements, a strong symbolic charge. Access is via four stairs distributed around the cardinal points: the northern staircase is shaped like a fish, the southern one like a guitar, the eastern one like a violin, and the western one like a snake. Thus, the fish represents water, the guitar represents fire, the violin represents air, and the snake represents earth.