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Silves Castle

R. do Castelo | Algarve, Silves, Portugal
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$29*
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Ranked #4 of 8 Attractions in Silves
Type: Ancient Ruins, Cultural
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Wales, Uk
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37 reviews 37 reviews
7 attraction reviews
14 helpful votes 14 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed November 20, 2014 NEW

quiet, lovely views and great little restaurant in the middle of the castle where we sat outside amongst the olive trees.

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Silves, Portugal
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6 reviews 6 reviews
5 attraction reviews
2 helpful votes 2 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed November 5, 2014

It's a quiet place in the middle of the touristic region of Algarve in the south of Portugal. When the tied is up you can catch a boat in Portimão, a bigger town and come to Silves through the river. It's a very nice and pleasant trip. Then go up to the castle guarded by the huge statue of king... More

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Derby
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38 reviews 38 reviews
12 attraction reviews
30 helpful votes 30 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed November 2, 2014

As part of the Historical Algarve tour we went to Silves and saw the old church and the castle from 7th century. You have to pay around €2-3 each to get in. The castle was destroyed a little due to a massive earthquake, so mostly ruins - worth a look around but will be done in a short space of... More

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Long Sutton
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11 reviews 11 reviews
6 attraction reviews
4 helpful votes 4 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed October 29, 2014

Silves is a lovely old town to visit and the castle amazing. The views from the castle over the town are stunning. Some archeological works were being carried out and when they are finished it will be even more interesting.

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Aberdeenshire, United Kingdom
1 review
3 of 5 stars Reviewed October 28, 2014

Other reviewers have said nice things about the castle as a visitor attraction, and I agree. However, if visiting, watch your step. I didn't and unfortunately my visit was memorable for the wrong reasons, ending up with an unscheduled afternoon in Accident and Emergency in Portimao Hospital. Having safely negotiated all the obviously dangerous battlements, I relaxed my guard and... More

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Top Contributor
120 reviews 120 reviews
83 attraction reviews
64 helpful votes 64 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed October 24, 2014

The castle is a great place to spend a couple of hours looking around, and the views from the battlements are superb. It has been heavily renovated - very well done, but difficult to get a sense of history about the place. A guidebook in English would have been nice but evidently it is being reprinted and all old stocks... More

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Copenhagen, Denmark
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50 reviews 50 reviews
8 attraction reviews
27 helpful votes 27 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed October 21, 2014

The Castle is impressive renovated, but we missed some history. It is difficult to get the feeling about how it were when it was in use.

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Cheltenham, United Kingdom
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13 reviews 13 reviews
6 attraction reviews
6 helpful votes 6 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed October 17, 2014

From rushing around and capturing the history when my children were small some 20 years ago - to strolling around and taking in the battlements and what has gone before - this castle is a must for all serious travellers.

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London
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78 reviews 78 reviews
36 attraction reviews
111 helpful votes 111 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed October 15, 2014

During our week-long visit of Albufeira no one told us about this wonderful town of Silves rich with culture and historical past. We wanted to visit town and villages with cultural heritage but most people pointed us to the beautiful beaches of Albufeira. On the last day after checking out of hotel we had a full day to spend and... More

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Scunthorpe, United Kingdom
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29 reviews 29 reviews
5 attraction reviews
3 helpful votes 3 helpful votes
2 of 5 stars Reviewed October 13, 2014 via mobile

This castle needs some work to make it worthwhile visiting. Most of the area was not available to visit. The English translation was very small to read. But for €2.80 I suppose it was just worth visiting

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