Top things to do

Top Choice Portuguese in Silves

Restaurante O Barradas

The star choice for foodies is this delightful converted farmhouse run by Luís and his German wife, Andrea. They take pride in careful sourcing, and use organic fish, meat and fruit in season. Luís is a winemaker, s…
Top Choice Castle in Silves


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,…
Cafe in Silves

Pastelaria Rosa

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 sweets. The table service is excellent and the extra you pay for the coffee and…
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…
Historical in Silves

Feira Medieval

Held over a week each August (precise dates vary annually), the Medieval Fair brings the Silves of old to life. The town’s important events and people are represented, from Silves governor Al Muthamid to the town be…
Portuguese in Silves

Tasca Béné

This atmospheric traditional tasca (tavern) serves up all the Portuguese standards – chequered cloths and rural paraphernalia – and it's got a great reputation for doing so. The menu comprises daily meat and fish sp…
Seafood in Silves

Marisqueira Rui

Situated in the old town, with a unfancily dated interior of yellow and cork, this place is Silves' finest seafood restaurant. Join the locals – it gets busy – and savour plates from cockles, clams and crabs to bass…
International in Silves

Café Inglês

Located below the castle entrance, Café Inglês has a wonderful, shady terrace. The food is excellent (don't miss the chocolate St Emilion dessert). One of the Algarve's liveliest restaurants north of the coast, it b…
Portuguese in Silves

Recanto dos Mouros

Situated 1km or so behind the castle (follow the signs), this is one of Silves’ most popular places. As the Portuguese attest, it’s bom preço-qualidade (damn good value) for lots of hearty Algarvian delights.