Our holiday villa in Silves is a great place to get away from the bustle of the coast yet is still within easy reach of the seaside resorts.
A thousand years ago this was the capital of the Moorish kingdom of Al-Gharb (from where we get the name Algarve), and with its mighty red-sandstone castle visible from many miles around, still wears it historical colours proudly. In fact Silves was once the finest city in Portugal; the Arab chroniclers called it a “place of shining brightness… ten times more remarkable than Lisbon”. But when its river silted up, decline set in. Forgotten for centuries, today it is remarkably uncommercialised, albeit with enough shops, cafes and good fish and seafood restaurants to make a day, or half-day trip very rewarding.
Visit Silves Cathedral and the archaeological museum as well as the castle.