Castelo

Castelo information

Location
Silves , Portugal
Telephone
+351 282 445 624
Prices
adult/concession/under 10yr €2.50/1.25/free, joint ticket with Museu Municipal de Arqueologia €3.60
Opening hours
9am-5pm Dec-Feb, to 6.30pm Jun-Aug
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The russet-coloured, Lego-like castle has great views over the town and surrounding countryside. It was restored in the 1940s and you can walk around its chunky sandstone walls. In the north wall you can see a treason gate, an escape route through which turncoats would sometimes let the enemy in, typical of castles at the time. The Moorish occupation is recalled by a deep well and a rosy-coloured water cistern, 5m deep and constructed at the end of the 12th century. Inside, the cistern’s four vaults are supported by 10 columns. Most probably built in the 11th century, the castle was abandoned by the 16th century. Recent restorations include the red-brick interior walkway.