Best Things to Do in Silves

The charming town on Silves, on the banks of the River Arade makes a good destination for those visitors to The Algarve who want to see something of the "real" Portugal and learn more about the area’s turbulent past.  With its narrow, cobbled streets and hilltop castle, the walled town centre has a distinct Medieval feel to it.  It’s easy to spend half a day here, enjoying the ambience in one of the bustling cafes on the climb up to the castle, from where you can take in some awe-inspiring views over the orange and lemon groves below.

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  • Silves Archaeological Museum

    Silves's small Archaeological Museum contains an astonishingly well-preserved Moorish well, together with archaeological findings dating right back to prehistoric times.

    Opened in 1990, the Municipal Museum of Archeology of Silves is built...

    Silves
    Museums and Galleries
  • Silves Cathedral

    Silves' Cathedral (Sé Catedral de Silves) was built in the 13th century on the site of the Moorish Grand Mosque, just beneath the castle.  Although much of the building was destroyed by the...

    Silves
    Churches
  • Silves Castle

    Situated overlooking the town below Silves Castle is considered the best preserved of the Moorish castle in Portugal

    Silves
    Castles
  • Slide and Splash waterpark

    Slide & Splash is one of the Algarve's biggest and best water parks featuring a selection of water flumes, chutes, pools and aquatic fun that should appeal to all ages. Established in 1986 the park has grown to fill its sizeable site with fun...

    Portimão
    Family
  • Aqualand - Algarve

    Aqualand is one of Europe's largest outdoor water parks and features a range of chutes and slides suitable for all ages.

    The park is home to several notable rides suitable for adrenaline junkies and thrill seekers. The "Kamikaze" is the...

    Armação de Pêra
    Family
  • Igreja de Nossa Senhora da Conceição - Portimao

    The Roman Catholic church of Nossa Senhora da Conceição (Our Lady of Conception) is Portimão's main parish church and still plays an active role in the heart of the local community.

    The original...

    Portimão
    Churches
  • Museu de Portimao

    Portimao’s award-winning museum opened in 2008 and is a good place to come to learn more of what life would have been like for those who lived in the locality throughout the ages.  The site was once a fish canning factory, and the main focus is...

    Portimão
    Industrial Museums and Galleries
  • Forte de Santa Catarina

    The fort of Santa Catarina was built in 17th century on the site of a 15th century defensive structure and chapel dedicated to Saint Catherine of Alexandria. It was one of the various forts built around this time to protect the...

    Portimão
    Castles
  • Parque da Mina, Monchique

    The Parque da Mina is a theme park with a genuine theme. Centered on an old iron ore mine the park provides an an entertaining view of the workings of the mine along with a range of fun activities in the surrounding park.

    On the heritage...

    Monchique
    Family Industrial
  • Zoomarine Algarve

    Promoting conservation, environmental education and FUN! Zoomarine combines an important message with hands on shows and a huge water park.

    Located just a few kilometers from Albufeira, here you can see presentations with the parks animals...

    Albufeira
    Family Wildlife
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Silves travel guide »

Silves is an attractive town with a rich history built on the banks of the River Arade. The river was navigable in historical times and represented an important link between the hinterland and the coast. The town, which is...