Silves is an attractive town of jumbling orange rooftops scattered above the banks of the Rio Arade. It boasts one of the best-preserved castles in the Algarve, attractive red-stone walls and winding sleepy backstreets on a hillside. Not much happens around town, but it’s a good base if you’re after a less hectic, noncoastal Algarvian pace. Around Silves, there are some lovely rural accommodation options. It’s 15km northeast of Portimão.
The train station is located 2km south of town, but you’ll need to catch a cab as it’s along a major highway.
Silves destination guides
Best of the Algarve
A self guided walk along sections of the 'Via Algarviana' through some of the Algarve's most stunning countryside
Silves and Caldas de Monchique Day Trip from the Algarve
Visit the towns of Silves and Caldas de Monchique on a 5-hour tour, and discover Moorish history, elegant architecture and stunning Algarve scenery! With a friendly local guide at your side, explore the town of Silves and visit its star attraction, the impressive Silves Castle.