Centro de Interpretaçao do Património Islâmico


This interpretative centre promotes the network of Islamic routes through Portugal, Spain and Morocco, with a small but interesting exhibition on architecture (including traditional mud-brick production) water and poetry. Knowledgeable overseer Miguel knows a lot about the town and its Islamic cultural heritage. The centre also doubles as Silves' municipal tourism office

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Nearby Silves attractions

1. Museu Municipal de Arqueologia

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Built tight against the defensive walls, this archaeological museum has a mix of interesting finds from the town and around. The modern building was…

2. Igreja da Misericórdia


The exterior of the 16th-century Igreja da Misericórdia is plain apart from its distinctive, fanciful Manueline doorway hanging well above street level …


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Just below the castle is the sé, built in 1189 on the site of an earlier mosque, then rebuilt after the 1249 Reconquista and subsequently restored several…

4. Castelo

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This russet-coloured, Lego-like castle – originally occupied in the Visigothic period – has great views over the town and surrounding countryside. What…

6. Igreja Matriz


The town’s parish church stands on high ground to the north of the centre. A 15th-century Gothic portal and a gargoyle are all that remain of the original…

7. Museu de Portimão

6.57 MILES

Housed in a 19th-century fish cannery, the ultramodern, award-winning Museu de Portimão is the city's number-one draw. The museum focuses on three areas:…

8. Praia do Carvoeiro


Right in the town, this diminutive arc of sandy beach gets very busy in summer.