Welcome to Silves
Silves is a delightful fortified town, which was once the ancient capital of the Algarve. Today Silves has a calm and peaceful ambience, but during the Moors era, it was a major defensive stronghold and important trading town. It is one of the best locations in the Algarve to experience authentic Portugal and to immerse in the compelling history of the region. Remnants of this illustrious past can be seen while exploring Silves, from the huge red brick castle, the impregnatable town walls, through to the gothic cathedral which was built on the site of a grand mosque. The town has a unique atmosphere, being very different from the hectic coastal resorts, and reflects the Algarve prior to the modern boom of mass tourism. Within the historic section Silves the town has remained virtually unchanged for more than five hundred years, with almost no hint of modern development.