"Silves Castle" Castle Tip by Willettsworld

Castle, Silves: 29 reviews and 53 photos

Silves Castle was built between the 8th and 13th century and is considered to be the best preserved of the Moorish castles of the country. It dominates the town from its high vantage point where the views over the town and surrounding countryside are very picturesque. Early human occupation has been found here which dates back to prehistoric times with the Phoenicians in the first millennium BC, followed by Romans and Visigoths. At the time of the Christian Reconquest of the Iberian peninsula under Portuguese King Sancho I (1185-1211), whose statue stands at the entrance, he and subsequent kings enhanced the castle over the next few centuries.

The castle has eleven towers, two of which are barbicans, and thick walls that enclose an area of 12,000m². Four of the towers, modified at the time of reconstruction work in the 14/15th centuries, have gothic doorways. The castle once sheltered the old Moorish 'alcáçova' which was the residence of the lord of the city. Not much remains of the defensive walls and towers which protected Silves, but one of the four gates remains which is the 'Torreão da Porta da Cidade' (The turret of the City Gate).

Open: 9am-5.30pm. Admission: ?2.50.

Address: Rua do Castelo
Phone: +351 282 445 624

Review Helpfulness: 2.5 out of 5 stars

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  • Written Dec 13, 2010
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