Castelo de Silves
Castelo de Silves
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ChrisBelinda
Bury, UK344 contributions
Jul 2021
You can see the castle from just about anywhere as you approach Silves, we took the bus from Albufeira bus station (9.10 Euros return from stand 14 - 8.05am from Albufeira to Silves) and stopped just passed Lidl and walked the ten minutes or so up the steps and the hill. As far as castles go, this one is very good and in excellent shape, no pile of boring rocks, the Arabs were good builders and there are obvious signs of copying the Normans or vice versa as the castle is from the same period. You can walk around the ramparts once you get inside, you walk through the entrance, and up the steps to a small gift shop which costs 2.80 which isn't bad at all, for an extra euro you can go into the museum of bits and bobs but we opted out. There are few barriers here along the top and although the ramparts are wide enough you could easily fall over the edge or a small child not on a lead could anyhow so watch out, the views are fantastic down to the town below though so it's a must. There's also a cafe and bar inside the grounds which is a nice touch, things have been added to to make it a more enjoyable experience. The is also the old cisterns which are underground, you go down some pretty steep and narrow steps to see the ols structure but this has been gentrified and whitewashed, on the day we went in late July there was an exhibition to raise awareness of the now virtually-extinct Iberian Lynx which they have re-introduced to a few places in Spain and a couple of secret places in Portugal in the south and in the west, brilliant in my view as this is a beautiful animal, persecuted to death unfortunately. There is a great cafe outside the entrance serving good wine and beer and excellent port. Worth a visit.
Written August 3, 2021
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KathleenR_28
Port Dover, Canada6,347 contributions
Feb 2022 • Solo
After countless “pass-by’s”, I finally got to check this off my list. A medieval castle overlooking the town, occupied by the Moors between 8th-10th centuries, the Castelo de Silves is well-preserved. Admission to the castle and the museum is 3,50 euros! It’s not as as big as Marvao or Óbidos but still awesome, I walked around the walls enjoying the views of the town below and the beautiful wood storks making their weird clucking sounds as they flew overhead. The 820 sq m fresh water cistern in the Center that provided water to the city centuries ago has been converted into a museum.

It’s fascinating to see ancient builds coming to light as the excavation works continue.
Written February 11, 2022
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katemi01
Royal Tunbridge Wells, UK49 contributions
Aug 2022 • Family
Sunset secrets was amazing. Beautiful music and fantastic fire show. We got there at 8.15 so were too late to eat in the restaurant so we went next door had great food on the rooftop bar and then went in for the main performance and the fire show. What a treat. Thanks! Also a bargain for €5 each.
Written August 4, 2022
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ExplorerTerra202
Lansing, MI54 contributions
Mar 2020
We spent some time exploring the inside of the castle in Silves. The inside of the castle does not have much to see infrastructure wise, but you can walk along the perimeter and up into the lookouts points, which have fantastic views of the surrounding landscape. Note that walking around the inside of the castle was not very accessible to those with physical disabilities. Admission price for both the castle and the archeological museum was 3.90 euro, which was a good price. We spent less than an 90 minutes combined for both the museum and the castle. Silves is a great town in the South of Portugal to visit and I would recommend checking out the castle for something to do while there.
Written March 21, 2020
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EmLiesel
Birmingham, UK208 contributions
Jun 2022
I visited with my husband on a very hot summers day. The castle is great to walk around and is in good condition. It was reasonable to get in and isn't huge in case you don't want to be there for hours/can't walk so far on uneven ground.

There is some really interesting information around the castle with the history of it and the wider history of the area and it is worth reading as you go round.

Overall, a nice castle to visit when in Silves which still leaves time to walk round Silves, get lunch and visit the shops.
Written January 3, 2023
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MarcusHurley
Bristol, UK8,921 contributions
Nov 2021
We parked on a side street a little way away and walked up the hill to the castle, past the faded cathedral built on the site of the mosque. Entrance with the museum was about €7 and we walked out of the gates into the courtyard. The centre of the castle is now a mix of garden and archeological dig although the gardens are a bit neglected after the tourism decline due to Covid. We walked a full circuit of the walls and then had a drink in the cafe before looking at the gardens. One of the towers had an exhibition of castle photography which I obviously loved!
The cisterns, in use as the towns water source until the 1990's, are now an exhibition of the decline of the Iberian Lynx and the work being done to protect and reintroduce it.
Written November 9, 2021
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Bruce W
Mijas, Spain1,754 contributions
Oct 2019
When you think of the Algarve, medieval castles aren’t the first things that come to mind. But the Algarve does have a number of castles, one of which is located in Silves. Although this castle was believed to have originated during the Roman or Visigoth period, it wasn’t until the Moorish occupation of the Algarve that Silves Castle really developed into the impressive stronghold that you see today.
This period of grandeur and industry lasted from around the 8th Century until 1189 when an army led by King Sancho I put an end to the splendour of the Moors in Silves. After the Christian conquest, the castle served as the seat of the provincial governor till the middle of the 16th century, afterwards the towers were used as a prison. In subsequent years the castle went through a gradual decline, ultimately necessitating major restoration in the 20th century.
This castle is definitely one of the best-preserved examples of Moorish Castles in Portugal. Silves Castle occupies a sizeable site that is located on the top of a hill within the town walls. Archaeological excavations have shown that the oldest buildings date back to the 8th century, even Iron Age remains are there if you dig deep enough. Silves tends to be an excellent example of the period when the Moors were in occupation. The castle is fully walled in red sandstone with a compacted rubble and earth core. Protruding towers protect the Northern slope. The town, too, had its own walls and gates. Parts of the Almohad town wall have been preserved, as well as the Almedina-gate, outside of which is a larger than life statue of King Sancho I. Also outside the gate is a pillory in a configuration that I have not seen before (perhaps designed by a maypole dancer).
By walking the parapets and ramparts of the castle it was possible to gain a good impression of the internal configuration of the castle, as well as excellent views all around the castle.

The castle is open every day except Christmas Day and New Year’s Day, from 9:00am to 5:30pm in the winter months and to 8:00pm, or 10:00pm, in the rest of the year. Admission charges are a very reasonable 3-4 euros.

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Written May 8, 2020
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Graham
Rugby, UK831 contributions
Jan 2023
Silves is set on a hill above a river. Sat on top of the town is Moorish Castle dating back to 1100AD. The castle is complete, and you can walk the circumference of the wall. Located where it is there are great views of the countryside.

Inside the walls there are excavations of the buildings that used to be there. There is a water preservation room, with a steep set of stairs down, into a very cool room.

There is a modern restaurant/coffee shop in the corner. This has been very cleverly built so as to appear to be floating on a Japanese style stone lake.

This castle is well worth a visit.
Written January 16, 2023
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Pix15
Shefford, UK42 contributions
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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NeilstonTravellers32
Glasgow, UK301 contributions
Oct 2022
We first visited Castelo de Silves 20 years ago. There have been many changes in that time although the red brick features and the modern restaurant are not in-keeping with the rest of the attraction. The castelo itself has been well restored and is well worth a visit.
Written October 17, 2022
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