Museu Municipal de Arqueologia
Igreja da Misericórdia
The 16th-century Igreja da Misericórdia is plain apart from its distinctive, fanciful Manueline doorway hanging well above street level...
Just below the castle is the sé (cathedral), built in 1189 on the site of an earlier mosque, then rebuilt after the 1249 Reconquista...
This russet-coloured, Lego-like castle – originally occupied in the Visigothic period – has great views over the town and surrounding...
On the ground floor of the town-hall building, this quaint, tile-lined place is Silves' oldest cafe and the best place to try Algarvian...
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Museu Municipal de Arqueologia information
Built tight against the defensive walls, this archaeological museum has a mix of interesting finds from the town and around. The modern building was constructed around an 18m-deep Moorish well with a spiral staircase heading into the depths that you can follow for a short stretch. Otherwise this is another Algarve museum that starts at the very prehistoric beginning but soon moves on to focus on the Almohad period of the 12th and 13th centuries.
Other interesting artefacts include a solid-gold Roman coin from the 370s AD and some still serviceable 17th-century pottery. When you've seen everything, head out onto the viewing platform to gaze down into some typical Algarve backyards.