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Castelo de Silves, Silves

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Take a walk around Castelo de Silves, one of the best-preserved Moorish fortifications in Portugal, with its 11 towers, red walls, and excavation sites. Although the structure that can be seen today was built between the 8th and 13th centuries, excavations have revealed origins dating back to around 201 BCE. Located on a hilltop overlooking the town, the castle serves as a recreation spot, nestled in a landscaped park surrounded by palm trees, benches, and fountains. See the remains of food stores, Arab silos, and a 10 m (30 ft) tall cistern here. To visit Castelo de Silves and other attractions in Silves, use our Silves trip itinerary site.
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  • We loved this formidable castle atop the hill in the historic old town of Silves. Moorish origins, interesting exhibits, beautiful views from the ramparts. It has an aquifer you can enter-- it...  more »
  • You can see the castle from just about anywhere as you approach Silves, we took the bus from Albufeira bus station (9.10 Euros return from stand 14 - 8.05am from Albufeira to Silves) and stopped just....  more »
  • Nice castle, nice views from the top. Not sure about not having a barrier between some of the walkway around and the 20 foot drop, definitely need to keep hold of little ones. But it is nice, nice little spot to eat/drink inside also.
  • Historical. Next to the castle. Good position. Good staff, food and drink. Love the live entertainment. (You would need to reserve a table) The only negative for some people: can only be reached via stone steps.
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