Attractions

Top Choice Castle in Silves

Castelo

This russet-coloured, Lego-like castle – originally occupied in the Visigothic period – has great views over the town and surrounding countryside. What you see today dates mostly from the Moorish era, though the cas…
Top Choice Cathedral in Silves

Just below the castle is the sé (cathedral), built in 1189 on the site of an earlier mosque, then rebuilt after the 1249 Reconquista and subsequently restored several times following earthquake damage. In many ways,…
Museum in Silves

Museu Municipal de Arqueologia

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 staircas…
Church in Silves

Igreja da Misericórdia

The 16th-century Igreja da Misericórdia is plain apart from its distinctive, fanciful Manueline doorway hanging well above street level (it's not the main entrance), which is decorated with curious heads, pine cones…
Arts Centre in Silves

Casa da Cultura Islâmica e Mediterrânica

Even if there is no exhibition, lecture or performance taking place here, it's still worth the 600m walk west of the centre to view this wonderfully restored neo-Moorish cultural centre, built with art-nouveau flour…