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Silves is a city in the Algarve.

Get inEdit

The nearest airport to Silves is Faro (FAO). Flights to Faro are affordable and accessible from most major European cities, particularly the UK and Ireland. In a bid to boost winter tourism, the department of tourism has also worked hard to promote the Algarve as a popular winter destination and this has led to airlines such as Ryanair adding new routes during what is traditionally considered to be the low season.

It is also possible to fly to Lisbon or Porto, both of which are connected to the Algarve by regular coach services.

Get aroundEdit

The easiest way to get around Silves is by hiring a car. Public transport is an option although many of the services are not very frequent and are often seasonal. Silves does not have a train stop, however it is possible to use the mezzines stop which is only around fifteen minutes drives from Silves.


  • Silves Castle. When Silves was the Moorish capital of the Algarve, this castle served as an administrative base for the rest of the Algarve.




Fevres de porco (literally, secrets of pork) is a popular local dish.


Superbock - A popular Portuguese beer.


  • Duas Quintas Country Guest House, Duas Quintas, Santo Estevao. A country side bed and breakfast located just outside of the town of Silves. It used to be part of an orange growing farm, and careful attention has been paid to the original features during restoration.
  • Hotel Colonia dos.
  • Hotel Boca do Rio Resort.
  • 1 O Refúgio de Artémis, turismo rural, Rua Barragem do Arade, Casa Queimada, +351962865003, . Check-in: 16:30, check-out: 10:00. Rustic villa on the banks of the reservoir of the Arade dam and set in a 20 hectare property (Silves Lake), in a protected ecological reserve area . It's registered in Turismo de Portugal, as a rural tourism project in the form of Casa de Campo (country house) with private swimming pool, for full rental for a family or group of 10 people, which with 2 extra beds, sleeps 12. It has also 2 additional cots and other equipment and accessories for sleeping, hygiene, food and rest, for 2 children up to 3 years old. Bed linen, towels and pool towels are provided. The minimum stay in high season is 7 nights, low or medium varies with a minimum of 3 or 5 nights. The rates, per night or per week, are calculated on the basis of 6 or 4 people, according to the seasons. For each additional adult or child, a small unit value per night is added.
    The accommodation has 5 bedrooms (3 with a large double bed and 2 with two single beds) and 4 toilets, of which 4 bedrooms and 2 toilets are on first floor. On the ground floor are the kitchen, a suite, a social toilet with shower cubicle to support outdoor and pool activities and a large living room with dining and leisure areas with comfortable sofas and flat-screen satellite TV, interconnected with a reading and social games room, all with air conditioning and views of the lake. A wood burning fireplace with double-sided stove separates those rooms that have direct access to the outside wooden deck. The kitchen is fully equipped with all you may need and with superior equipment. The house does not use gas, only electricity.
    On the lower floor, the snooker table room. A ping pong table, racquets and balls are available on request. The house has wooden decking around, which wraps the porches from north to south. The terraces are equipped for outdoor dining. Removable barbecue. The pool with waterfall and infinity line, that is lit with color-changing lights in the evening, is surrounded by wooden deck, has straw hats, and sun loungers. There is an outdoor shower and a grass area. This villa has installed domotics and access control systems. The access to the house is done by a code, without the use of keys, assigned to the client during the stay.

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