Silves Travel Guide

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Silves Things to Do

  • Laranja = Orange = Portugal

    The Portuguese were one of the first people in the world to actively globalize tastes and export plants from one area of the world to others. The largest producer in the world, Brazil, saw the plants being introduced by the Portuguese.To Europe, South America and Africa they brought the sweet oranges. Until than unknown in the Western World. For...

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  • Cathedral

    The details about the foundation and building of the cathedral are unclear.In the process of the Reconquista,Moorish Silves was conquered in 1189 by Sancho I of Portugal,but since the city was retaken by the Moors in 1191,it is unlikely that a cathedral was built at this time.Only in 1242 was Silves definitely reconquered by Christian Knights...

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  • Castle

    Located in the city of Silves in the Algarve region of Portugal the castle was built between the 8th and 13th century AD and is considered to be the best preserved of the 'Moorish'castles of the country.The walls and towers that make up the castle are mainly a result of major campaigns and works by'Almoravides Amoadas'which was followed by others...

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  • Fábrica do Inglés / Cork Museum

    This is probably the most interesting place you can visit in Silves. On the site of the former cork factory called Fábrica Inglés, the Cork Museum is an award-winning place with informative history of the regional cork industry. The museum displays some azulejo paintings of the cork farmers in the earlier time, as well as the machines and tools...

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  • La Catedral / The Cathedral

    La Catedral de Silves, es del siglo XIII y está dedicada a Nuestra Señora de la Concepción, fue construida con Gres de Silves , igual que el castillo , una arena de color rojizo . De estilo gótico y con planta de cruz latina, se puede resaltar el ábside que tiene tres capillas, el pórtico de la fachada principal con capiteles góticos y la fachada...

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  • Castillo Moro / Moor Castle

    Silves fue una de las ciudades mejor fortificadas del Al-Andalus El castillo está hecho con gres rojo de Silves y tiene once torres desde las que se ve todo el valle del río Arade Sirvió desde el el siglo 12 como fortaleza militar y residencia de las autoridades Silves was one of the best fortified cities of Al-AndalusThe castle is made of Silves...

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Silves Hotels

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  • Hotel Colina Dos Mouros

    Silves, Algarve, 8300, Portugal

    Satisfaction: Excellent

    Good for: Solo

    Hotel Class 3 out of 5 stars

  • Quinta Tapada do Gramacho

    Sitio do Tapada do Gramacho, Silves, 8400-080, Portugal

    Satisfaction: Excellent

    Good for: Couples

  • Quinta do Rio

    Silves, Portugal

    Satisfaction: Excellent

    Good for: Couples

Silves Restaurants

  • Where chicken are the favorits

    Outside under the arcades of the market-hall (side to the river). only outside, shady places, exellent, friendly and quick staff. Ambience sinple but enough. Lot of different nations. If you want you can get into contact very soon. A very interseting atmosphere ! Chicken, chicken (normal on barbeque) ore with pri-piri(with a shot of hot-pepper)...

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  • Up a passageway

    I stopped off here for lunch after visiting the sights of Silves and had a nice bifana - a Portuguese hot pork steak sandwich and chips (€2.75). Other dishes include baguettes (€2.45), hamburgers (€2.45-€2.85), salads (€3.75), omelettes (€4.50), toasts (€1.65-€2.55) and they even do an English breakfast for €5.

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  • One of the best Seafood Restaurants

    Despite being Inland this is definatly one of the Algarve's best seafood restaurants. It is very popular with locals and tourists so you will have to get there early to guarantee a table at busy times of the year and and in the evenings more or less all year. Grilled Sardines are fantastic.

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  • best restaurant in the Algarve

    We've been coming to the Algarve for many years. The O Alambique is without a doubt the best restaurant we've found! The owner/chef Marlen opened it over nine years ago. Great atmosphere and very friendly staff. Winter nights with log fire, summer on the terrace. Sometimes we are lucky and catch one of those special events with live music and...

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  • Worst Cup of Tea

    Although the Menu looks quite nice my mum had a cup of tea here and said it was disgusting. (maybe they used the tap water for it)

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  • Great Piri Piri

    If i am in Silves this is the usual place i go to eat. Lovely decour and good service here but what makes it a must for me is the chicken Piri Piri. definatly the best around and plenty of it. it's also one of the only places i have been in that you actually get a full fresh cheese with the Couvert. Delicious. Chicken Piri Piri

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Silves Nightlife

  • Castle

    You should visit the castle during the night. I mean the town inside castle walls which at night gain a special moorish ambiance.

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  • Night walk inside castle walls

    if you have time and actually staying in town for the night, you should go for a walk inside the walls. Inside the walls you have the normal "inside wall" town from medieval times back from the moorish presence. The castle inside had several updates during its latest centuries.

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Silves Transportation

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    by Durfun Updated Jun 8, 2006

    Silves' location makes it an ideal hub for mini-excursions.

    There is a bus station cum information centre in the Old Town, just off the main road. Here you can pick up timings for the various buses to several keys places, eg Lagoa, Portimao, both located south.

    From Portimao you could head West towards Lagos, Salema, Sagres.

    Or from Portimao/Lagoa you could head East towards Albufeira, Faro, etc.

    Equally, from Silves, you can get the coach to Lisboa, the capital!

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Silves Shopping

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  • Shop and a Bar, Cafe

    Situated between the Castle and the Cathedral this is a nice Shop and Cafe, there is quite a large bar inside but not very many chairs outside, the shop area is quite large and sells a wide range of goods, it's well worth a browse around inside, they sell everything from Key rings to Leather Bags. there are some signs up inside saying No Photo's...

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  • Buy your snacks at the supermarket

    The little supermarket in Alte has a wealth of everyday essentials stacked on its many shelves. We popped in often during our stay mostly to buy snack and drinks for the boys. Steer clear of the plastic wine bottles filled with local wine - they are filled on the premises from huge barrels so you won't get quality only cheap wine!! One good buy we...

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  • Portugal is big on ceramics & pottery

    You won't have a lot of choice in the shopping stakes in this little village. The craft and souvenir shop is worth a look. They sell lots of pottery and ceramic gifits, pretty lace items such as table clothes and a variety of gifts made from cork all at reasonable prices. All sorts of souveniers Prices are reasonable with nothing too expensive

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Silves Local Customs

  • Cigueñas / Storks

    Es normal ver en las torres y campanarios los nidos de las cigüeñas y oir el ruido tan típico que hacen ( Lo llaman en español gazpachear )It is normal to see in the towers and bell towers the nests of storks and to hear the noise so typical that they do (They call in Spanish gazpachear )

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  • Storks Nest

    After visiting the Archaeological Museum and admiring the Advanced Tower (part of the old town battlements in front of the museum), I spotted this stork on its nest at the top of a tall chimney on a small building just down the road.

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  • A great place for the washing!

    Many houses in the village have flat roofs where you can gain access via a stairway usually from the rear of the property. The roof is often used as an extra room for evening dining as it is much cooler than being inside. The roof is also commonly used as a garden area with colourful pot plants and a place to hang and dry washing on a sunny day -...

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Silves Warnings and Dangers

  • Steep and slippy

    some of the roads/pavements are made of stone or pebbles and can be quite slippy especially as many of the roads are quite steep. Take Care!

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  • Portugal's seaside rock

    No real danger for us on our beach visits but the sign clearly shows dangers from falling rocks. Years of errosion caused by winds, tides and sea spray softens the already soft sand stone which surround the small coves - so enjoy all the beach has to offer just keep a look out for any fallen rocks on the beach and if you see any don't sunbath there...

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  • If you hire a car -

    If you hire a car and intend to visit Alte - make sure it is a small hired car complete with air conditioning especially useful in summer's heat. The streets are very narrow and cobbled with thick stone. Once when driving in the narrow streets trying to get out of the village we turned a blind corner only to be faced with a flight of steps running...

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Silves What to Pack

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    by Leipzig Updated Aug 4, 2004

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    Miscellaneous: Rainy season is between October and Mai, summer is mostly dry and sunny

    Avg. Temp. in Spring: max.: 18 – 21°C ( 64 - 70°F ); min: 8 - 11°C ( 47 - 51°F )
    Avg. Temp. in Summer: max.: 25 – 28°C ( 77 - 82°F ); min: 16 - 18°C ( 60 - 64°F )
    Avg. Temp. in Autumn: max.: 19 – 26°C ( 66 - 78°F); min: 11 - 17°C ( 51 – 63°F )
    Avg. Temp. in Winter: max.: 15 – 16°C ( 59 - 60°F); min: 7 - 9°C ( 45 - 49°F )

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Silves Off The Beaten Path

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    by alweis Updated Jun 11, 2004

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    To make the most of the Sives area take a trip on EN124 to the dams know as Barragem do Arade and Barragem do Funho.
    At Arade dam there is a huge water reservoir with Paradise Island.This area offers you a variety of excellent nature walks, boat trips, fishing.
    There is also a restaurant with beautiful garden and mini zoo. The phone below is for the restaurant "Gontada"
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    Barragem do Arade reservoir
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Silves Favorites

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    by johnsakura Written Mar 11, 2004

    Favorite thing: This special ambiance is only given during the night. This gate is exactly on the main entrance to the old city inside castle walls.

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La fábrica del Inglés / English Factory
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Igreja dos Mártires da Pátria
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Market
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Praca Al Mouhatamid Ibn Abbad
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Archaeological Museum
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Church of Mercy
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Cathedral
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City Gate
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Roman Bridge
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Castle Cisterns
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Silves Castle
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Storks and other Birds
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Archaeology Museum
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The Red Castle Of Silves
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The Cathedral
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Fabrica de ingles
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Torreao da Porta da Cidade
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Igreja da Misericordia
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A Lovely Bridge
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Eat Alfresco
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Cool off on the beach
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Take in the pretty little streets
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Water from the Well
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Visit the beer festival in Silves
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Find some shade at the Chapel Sao Luis
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Cork Factory
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Silves Cathedral
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Silves Castle
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Sé (Cathedral)
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Arqueology Museum
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Castelo
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Centro Histórico
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Ponte Velha
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Silves Castle
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Enjoy the arab square
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The Great Castle, perched high, hence very visible
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The Cockeral who told the truth
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inside the castle
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silves moorish castle
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