Silves is one of the largest municipalities in the Algarve, with a vast natural landscape that is divided into three large areas: the mountains of Sao Marcos da Serra, the Barrocal and the Coastline of Armacao de Pera.
The mountainous region of Silves is located between the municipality of Loule and Monchique. This region has less population and is strongly influenced by the mountains.
The Barrocal is situated between the mountains and the coast, with vast agricultural fields where some of the Algarve's most remarkable fresh produce is grown, particularly its famous oranges, which benefit from the region's Mediterranean climate. This region is also where the famous carob, almond and fig trees of the Algarve are grown.
The closest seashore to Silves is Armacao de Pera, here you will find a completely different atmosphere where tourism and fishing play an important role in the region. Armacao de Pera, Alcantarilha and Pera offer a natural landscape, marked by the sea, dunes, and the estuary of the Ribeira de Alcantarilha.
This beautiful region of Algarve is the perfect place to enjoy the best that the Algarve has to offer, both for visitors and those wishing to enjoy a simple life in Portugal.
Silves Castle is one of the most remarkable works of military architecture in Portugal, with more than a thousand years of existence. It is located at the highest point of the hill on which the village rests.
This monumental castle is particularly known for its intense red colour, because of the local sandstone used in its construction. It was built by the Arabs in the 11th century and is currently one of the most preserved castles in the whole Algarve region.
The castle occupies a total area of nearly 12.000m2 and its interior offers fantastic panoramic views. A walk along its thick walls offers fabulous panoramic views of the inner city and the escarpment.
Deeply devastated by countless earthquakes, it was restored in the 1940s making it possible to find several traces of the Arab presence in this region. The "Aljibe" stands out, a large rectangular cistern that supplied a significant part of the city with water.
When visiting the Castle, you will also find a bronze statue of D. Sancho I, the Portuguese King who in 1189 conquered Silves from the Arabs. In the north wall, you can see the Gate of Betrayal, an escape route through which the traitors let their enemies escape.
Archaeological work carried out over the years has allowed important discoveries in a vast area located to the east of the castle, namely the ruins of a palace from the Almohad period (112 -1269), which also reflects the importance of this fertile land in the history of the Algarve.
Silves is an enchanting place to visit with its winding cobble stoned walkways, traditional eateries, coffee shops and fantastic vineyards, located close to the old city walls. The city comes alive during the well renown Medieval Festival that usually takes place in August and a must-visit for those that enjoy fun, folly & a great festive experience.