Silves Travel Summary

Silves is a picturesque village and one of the Algarve’s most beautiful towns were you feel like you are stepping back in time.  Silves was once the capital of the Algarve and the town stands out because of its Arabic architecture.


The Silves Travel Summary segmented into 2 key travel themes to immerse you into everything Silves:

  1. An introduction and brief history to this wonderful town;
  2. What to See

Hope you enjoy it!  Carpe Diem!


1. An introduction and brief history to this wonderful town:

With its narrow, cobbled streets and hilltop castle and old Roman Bridge, the walled town centre has a distinctive Medieval feel to it.

Along with its rich history and fascinating attractions, Silves has a scenic location, set along the banks of the slow-flowing Rio Arade and within the rolling hills of the Algarve countryside.  Silves is famous for its annual Silves Medieval Fair which lasts for 10 days in mid-August. The event began in 2004 and now attracts over 130,000 visitors to watch the historical dramas and re-enactments, horse tournaments, music, dance, juggling and other street entertainment and circus-style acts.



If you’re staying in the Algarve, Silves is a great day trip with lots to see and do.

2. What to See:


Castello de Silves:

AllThingsTravel Top Pick:

  • Situated overlooking the town below Silves Castle is considered the best preserved of the Moorish castles in Portugal
  • Silves’ red sandstone castle, which dominates the town, was built by the Moors who held the Al-Gharb (Algarve) region from the 8th to 13th centuries
  • Silves Castle once had walls that encircled the city and was an important defence when it was the capital and residence of the Moorish kings of the al-Garb.
  • Steeped in history, the castle has a total of 11 towers, some modified over the centuries, and a set of sandstone walls that have remained virtually intact
  • The castle offers superb views over Silves and the surrounding countryside from inside the castle


Roman Bridge:

AllThingsTravel Top Pick:

  • The beautiful Roman bridge (Ponte de Silves) spans the Arade river
  • Built in the 14th century, the area around the bridge is perfect for picnicking
  • If you’re lucky you will be able to see Storks looking for their daily catch of the day



Silves Cathedral:

AllThingsTravel Top Pick:

  • Silves’ Cathedral (Sé Catedral de Silves) was built in the 13th century on the site of the Moorish Grand Mosque, just beneath the castle.
  • Although much of the building was destroyed by the 1755 earthquake, it was rebuilt represents one of Algarve’s best examples of Gothic architecture
  • Inside you can see the tombs of several regional figures, including the medieval administrators of Silves



Museu Municipal de Arqueologia de Silves:

AllThingsTravel Top Pick:

  • The Archaeological Museum was established in 1990 to display the play the archaeological finds from the city and the region
  • The museum has collections from four periods: Prehistoric, the Roman period, the Moorish period and the Portuguese period (through to the 17th century)


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