Silves - Medieval Castle in the Hills

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Silves town centre

Did you know?

On a country road, a few kilometres East of Silves town, you can easily miss the quaint O Alambique Restaurant. But this little gem in the village of Poço Barreto, was where UK DJ Chris Evans and his golf-pro wife Natasha Shishmanian hosted their post-wedding party, an event which was attended by Chris’ ex, Billie Piper. A few other celebrities have been spotted dining here too.

Silves is the ideal location to buy

Silves is without doubt one of the most interesting and charismatic places in the Algarve. The stunning sight that welcomes you as you cross the Arade River into the town is a constant reminder that Silves is steeped in history. The whitewashed walls of the gothic cathedral are a striking contrast to the sandstone castle that rises up above the town’s labyrinth of cobbled streets and ornate chimneys.

In the 11th century Silves was dubbed the capital of the Algarve and was recognised as a centre of culture, home to poets, chroniclers and lawmakers. Today it is a popular holiday destination and home to many Portuguese and expats from across the world.
Silves offers easy access to transport networks, plus a perfect balance of history, culture, tranquillity and modern living to those seeking a holiday property or a permanent home in the sun.

A wide range of properties

Properties for sale in Silves range from new apartments and town houses, to old-style terraced homes. The surrounding sweep of hills is also peppered with a tasteful blend of traditional and new homes set against a green backdrop of orange and lemon groves, and almond, carob and olive trees.

Drive out of Silves town into the hills towards Messines on the N124, or go west on the road to Portimão and you will pass several hamlets and small villages set in a landscape of rough countryside. A mix of properties can be found for sale in these areas: typical Algarvean cottages, traditional Portuguese homes, ruins for development, renovated houses and new hi-tech villas, many offering four or five bedrooms, a pool, a large plot of land and spectacular views across the hills or to the coast.

Some perks of owning property in Silves:

  • Faro Airport is just 40 minutes’ drive away and is served by several low-cost airlines
  • historical sites and places of interest, such as Silves Castle, the cathedral and the town’s archaeological museum
  • renowned restaurants and live music venues
  • traditional markets, supermarkets, English-speaking banks, pharmacies, local health centres and other amenities
  • riverside municipal swimming pool in Silves town with a fenced in play area for children
  • some of Portugal's best golf courses and beaches within easy reach
  • access to excellent sports facilities, such as the Autódromo Internacional do Algarve in Portimão, which hosts a varied programme of spectator events
  • Aqua, a state-of-the-art shopping complex in nearby Portimão
  • plenty of entertainment for the kids including the Slide and Splash waterpark nearby in Lagoa, Crazy World Zoo in Algoz and the renowned Zoomarine centre close by in Albufeira

Silves town by night

Cuisine and culture in Silves

If you enjoy dining out, you won’t be disappointed. Aside from the many cafes and bars, Silves is home to Rui Marisqueira, one of the most famous seafood restaurants in the Algarve. Or you may prefer the multi-cultural menu offered by Café Inglês. Nestled beneath the walls of Silves Castle, Café Inglês’ excellent cuisine and magical atmosphere has made it a popular meeting place for live music and art.

Silves also plays host to fairs and festivals throughout the year, including the Medieval Festival which takes place each August to celebrate the town’s history. During festival week, the centre of Silves is transformed into a vibrant hub of sparkling stalls, street theatre and traditional food.

The hills around Silves are a haven for ramblers and nature lovers. Nearby Barragem do Arade dam is well worth a visit, or you may be tempted to try out some of the Algarve’s best beaches and golf courses, which are again, all within an easy drive of the town.

Traditional market and superstore

Fresh fish, bread and seasonal fruit and vegetables can be bought at the covered market in the town and, once a week on Saturdays, the market spills out onto the streets with colourful stalls of local produce and goods for the home.

The Continente superstore on the edge of town is ideal for the weekly shop. Popular with both Portuguese and expats, it features well-stocked fresh meat and fish counters, an in-store bakery and just about every other provision you may need, all at reasonable prices.

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