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Silves Castle

R. do Castelo | Algarve, Silves, Portugal
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Ranked #4 of 8 Attractions in Silves
Type: Ancient Ruins, Cultural
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Type: Ancient Ruins, Cultural
Hours:
Sun - Sat 9:00 am - 5:30 pm
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English first
Toronto, Canada
Senior Contributor
46 reviews 46 reviews
33 attraction reviews
18 helpful votes 18 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed December 17, 2014 NEW

I've very much enjoyed this Moorish castle, it has many interesting things to offer, besides the old walls. It has 1 or 2 rooms with some mini exhibitions of objects, including pottery, from ancient times, also the large Cistern, used to collect water (any fortress would need that in those times, for the long periods of isolation), including panels explaining... More 

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6 reviews 6 reviews
3 of 5 stars Reviewed December 14, 2014 NEW

You can see it used to be a big, probably magnificent castle, but not much is left, except for the outer walls. If you don't treat it as a museum, but more as a pleasant place to spend some time - it is very nice, but if history is you want - you will be disappointed. Inside the walls there... More 

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Edinburgh, Scotland, United Kingdom
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12 reviews 12 reviews
3 attraction reviews
5 helpful votes 5 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed December 12, 2014 NEW

Been there three times now...the best view of the city and surrounding countryside. Historic, peaceful not to be missed.

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Edinburgh, United Kingdom
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7 reviews 7 reviews
3 attraction reviews
5 of 5 stars Reviewed December 10, 2014

Beautiful village in some of the best scenery I viewed in the Algarve. The views from the castle are spectacular. Super cheap entry fee 3euro each, and it was worth every penny to see the country side from the parapets. Well worth a visit.

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Bir Jdid, El Jadida, Morocco
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23 reviews 23 reviews
8 attraction reviews
6 helpful votes 6 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed December 10, 2014

There are no rails or signs at this castle and the walkways are a bit wobbly to say the least. So if you get a bit squiffy about heights take a friend you really trust! They are excavating the foundations which are easily observed and the views from the turrets and walls are great. They appear to be doing extensive... More 

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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

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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41 reviews 41 reviews
12 attraction reviews
31 helpful votes 31 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
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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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