Silves is the perfect place for a relaxed holiday, away from the hustle and bustle of the coastal towns but close enough for you to have the best of both worlds.
This beautiful historic town with it's cobbled shopping streets, traditional market and superb restaurants and cafés is most famous for its 12th century Silves Castle and nearby cathedral. Dating back to the Roman times, Silves was the Moorish capital of the Algarve and was, in those days, larger and more important than Lisbon.
Take a leisurely stroll through some of the old cobbled streets, soaking up the history and culture of Silves, and maybe pay a visit to the castle or the cathedral next door. The Archaeological Museum, close to the castle, is full of fascinating historical artifacts, and even has a 15 metre well with a staircase built in that dates back to Moorish times. You may like to visit the "Cruz de Portugal", an ornate 16th century granite cross situated on the outskirts of town, or cross the 13th century "Ponte Romana" or Roman Bridge across the river Arade.
The river Arade passes alongside the towns main street, flowing to the coast at Portimão. Today there are small brightly painted ferries that, when the tide is right, offer you the chance of a leisurely sight seeing trip to Portimão. Along the main street you will find the municipal market building and numerous cafés and restaurants with outside seating offering lovely river views. On the edge of town is a large supermarket for your day to day shopping.
Silves is not far from the coast, so you can have the best of both worlds - a base in the country and days at the seaside when you wish! It is also ideally situated for family fun with Slide 'n' Splash water park at Lagoa, just 10 minutes drive away, or alternatively Aqualand at Alcantarilha, only 15 minutes drive away - both offer a full days fun for old and young alike. Another great day out is Zoomarine at Guia. There is lots to see, and we advise you to take your swimsuit as there are outside swimming pools as well as the animal displays such as dolphins, sealions and birds of prey shows.
The Algarve Shopping Centre, again at Guia, offers a vast selection of shops and boutiques as well as a Hypermarket, and of course an enormous food hall with restaurants and fast food outlets. There is also a bowling alley, cinema and games arcade for those greyer days.
For those enjoying the beach there are many beaches and coves to enjoy within a 20 minute drive, the main ones being Carvoeiro and Armaçao de Pera.
Further inland head towards Monchique and the picturesque village of Caldas de Monchique, which is famous for it's spa water. The winding journey to Monchique offers spectacular views to the sea, and is strewn with cafés and restaurants offering good
home cooked food at very reasonable prices. Once you reach the town of Foia, right at the top of Monchique the views are truly panaromic, giving you the sense of being on top of the world.
The area surrounding Silves offers a wide choice of Golf Courses, at varying prices. The new Amendoeira Golf Course and Silves Pestana Golf Course are just 10 minutes drive. The Henry Cotton Penina and Alto Club Championship Courses, Salgados Links, Palmares and the new Golf Do Morgardo courses are all within a 25 minutes drive. Throughout the year there are many special offers to be had, and throughout the summer months a discounted twilight round offers sufficient daylight to complete the full 18 holes.