Castelo de Silves

Castelo de Silves

Castelo de Silves
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9:00 AM - 5:30 PM
Monday
9:00 AM - 5:30 PM
Tuesday
9:00 AM - 5:30 PM
Wednesday
9:00 AM - 5:30 PM
Thursday
9:00 AM - 5:30 PM
Friday
9:00 AM - 5:30 PM
Saturday
9:00 AM - 5:30 PM
Sunday
9:00 AM - 5:30 PM
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1,898 reviews
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James G
Birkenhead, UK447 contributions
Close to the coast,a beautiful place full of history and culture.
Jun 2021
If you're into history and real beauty,this is a "must-see"place.Taking the bus from Armancao De Pera(a 25-minute ride) you get your first,very striking view of the red sandstone walls of the castle.The short climb up to the castle from the river adds to the appreciation of the place,taking you via a nice cobbled street.For a modest entrance fee you can walk all round the walls,taking in the changing vista over the surrounding counrtyside and the town.The castle dates from Moorish times:Silves was the capital of Moorish Algarve.An escape from the tourist hotspots of the coast,real history and culture.
Written June 26, 2021
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blackniki e
Kent, UK237 contributions
Amazing
Jun 2021 • Couples
Wow!What an amazing place to visit. It wasnt overcrowded and it felt like the whole castle is just for us.
Take a time to have a nice refreshing drink in the coffee shop on the castle grounds.
Written June 14, 2021
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Mark S
46 contributions
No information and unsafe
Jun 2021 • Family
We visited in early June and it was extremely quiet. The castle looks good from the approach and we were keen to see it, however were very disappointed when we got inside. There was next to no information about the history or the building itself, and whilst the view was nice, it wasn't all that exciting. Agree with other posters who have said it felt unsafe, lots of areas that should've had a barrier didn't and would be very dangerous for little ones. The updated section in the middle was really bizarre as it has been completed with the most unsympathetic materials possible (bright red, smooth bricks), such a shame. Probably not worth the visit sadly.
Written June 10, 2021
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belgianguy1
Bruges, Belgium10,987 contributions
Landmark
Nov 2020 • Solo
This is a true Silves landmark, this massive castle atop the hill is visible from miles away, and very much worth a visit, even though it's a pretty steep climb up!
Written November 4, 2020
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HdeBos
Utrecht, The Netherlands55 contributions
Great views
Oct 2020
Obviously a must visit when you're in the area. For almost nothing (a few euros) you get to walk around this castle. It's big and you have great views.
Written October 28, 2020
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Ozone6969
Stockport, UK8 contributions
Hidden history, dangerous with confusing instructions
Oct 2020
Silves castle is a great piece of history however finding the timeline and history is non existent, the only place you will find information as a tourist is if you have prior knowledge of the castle and area and have internet access. The castle does lack safety which even though I found the steps stable I can see it being an issue for people who aren’t great at height and some of the steps could do with at least a refurbishment so they aren’t smooth and slippery with a handrail here and there.

It’s good to see Covid-19 safety measures are in place however the person at the desk telling us to wait at the door as much as was looking after our wellbeing isn’t great when the room is a one door used for entering and exiting therefore causing us to block the doorway for the people trying to leave through the very same door we were told to stand in. Personally I would’ve thought standing on entrance ramp or to go look at the books for sale as we were only ones other than the couple being served would’ve been a better way of handling it as it keeps the door clear meaning social distancing can be kept.

The 2.8€ we paid per ticket to enter was a good price and we could’ve paid the 3.8€ ish price to go to the archeological area. I don’t see much point in paying the extra euro as we saw multiple times during our visit people just walk in or jump down from the exterior wall as there was no policing who had right to be there or not.

The views were amazing.
Written October 14, 2020
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Janet C
Stockport, UK1,950 contributions
Impressive
Sep 2020 • Couples
An impressive castle overlooking the small town of Silves. Reasonably priced to access and walk around the ruins, also able to climb up and walk around the surroundings walls giving great views over the towns. Modern structures are also on the site which isn’t in keeping with the ruins
Written September 11, 2020
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Pix15
Shefford, UK40 contributions
Worth visiting
Aug 2020 • Family
Visited midday. Short queue with social distancing. They are very strict about admitting people inside so make sure you wait to be invited in otherwise you will be told off! That said the lady who was selling the tickets was really helpful offering advice on what to see and offered student discounts too. We did the combined ticket which gave admission to the Archaeological Museum nearby. The Castle has been restored in parts but you are able to see where they are excavating also. The views are good from the walls. The Cafe is excellent, good food and drinks and helpful service. It’s worth visiting the Museum afterwards - fascinating history of the area. Admission price is incredibly reasonable.
Written September 5, 2020
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Topcattony
2 contributions
Rude
Sep 2020
Just experienced a rude employee selling the tickets.
I know it’s corona time.
But. Being rudely shouted at to sanitise my hands when I was about to do it was extremely rude of this male member of staff.
04/09/2020 11.50 am.
Totally disrespectful and rude. He continued to argue with me afterwards.
Good luck going forwards.
Written September 4, 2020
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robnh61
Stockport, UK1,379 contributions
Impressive structure but....
Sep 2020 • Couples
Like all castles, this is an imposing structure overlooking the town and countryside around.
It was restored in the mid 20th century but there have been more recent additions, eg a number of modern red brick walkways, which are totally out of keeping with the building.
Written September 3, 2020
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