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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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  • I was debating with myself about seeing this castle. Was it worth the time? I have seen quite a few. What would this add? Is it special enough to take the time out? Ultimately, I convinced myself... 
    I was debating with myself about seeing this castle. Was it worth the time? I have seen quite a few. What would this add? Is it special enough to take the time out? Ultimately, I convinced myself...  more »
  • We first visited Castelo de Silves 20 years ago. There have been many changes in that time although the red brick features and the modern restaurant are not in-keeping with the rest of the... 
    We first visited Castelo de Silves 20 years ago. There have been many changes in that time although the red brick features and the modern restaurant are not in-keeping with the rest of the...  more »
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  • Great place to wonder around for an hour or so. It is cheap to get in but it is rich in history. The walls a well preserved and can be fully explored. Within the walls there are some interesting excavations. There is a lovely cafe in the middle of the grounds with a nice garden.
  • Really enjoyed our visit to this castle. Entrance was only €2.80 per adult and there was no queue to get in when we arrived mid morning. It doesn't take long to explore but it's fun to walk around the ramparts and interesting to see the excavations in progress. The cafe here is worth a visit too (opens at 10am). Be sure to check out their orange cake. Just to add, I'm not sure what some of the previous reviewers expected to see here. It's the exterior of an old castle which has been thoughtfully landscaped inside. If you're expecting to find something else, then this may not be the right place for you.

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