Silves, a Perfect Day Trip: Historic Old Town with Castle, Cathedral, Museum and Oranges

Located in South Coast of Portugal, Silves is an old town in Algarve covered with history and beauty. It is one of the oldest cities in the region, having been occupied by the Moorish conquerors and Romans.

Silves Castle

What to do in Silves

The Roman Bridge

It is a medieval bridge built over the Arade River; it is a quiet place to do a walk or sit on a bench to appreciate the view of the river.

Cross of Portugal

An enigmatic limestone sculpted in the format of Crucifix from one side, a Pietà from the other, this piece has been classified as a National Monument since 1910.

Silves Castle

In the top of the hill, the Silves Castle rise the walls to protect the inhabitants for more than a thousand years. Silves was conquered by King Sancho I in 1189; his statue can be visited in the entrance of the Castle.

The Castle is open every day (except Christmas and New Year day)

The ticket costs 2.80 Euros; there is a combined ticket to visit the Museum by the price of 3.90 Euros. Also, if you are a resident, the entrance is Free.

Archaeological Museum

The Municipal Museum of Archeology opened in 1990. Don’t miss the well in the -1 floor.

Silves Municipal Archaeological Museum

Rua das Portas de Loulé, 14

8300-139 Silves, Portugal


The cathedral called Se de Silves has a Gothic style, was destroyed by an earthquake in 1755 and rebuilt later. The lightening through the pulpit creates a beautiful atmosphere inviting to pray and be grateful.

Algarve Wine Route Kiosk

Located In front of the Town Hall Square (Praça do Município), the Kiosk offer Wines and local products. You can taste and buy Algarve Wines, Liqueurs and local sweets.

Must to Eat

The outstanding Orange Sweet from Quinta do Freixo – I am craving for one pot now!

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