Things to see and do - Silves
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Nature and gardens
Armação P - 8365 Armação de Pêra
In calm sea the trip takes you past sandstone cliffs and rocks that have been sculpted into strange shapes by the water. You will see 18 of the Algarve's most beautiful marine grottoes (Pontal, Mesquita, Ruazes).
Largo da Sé P - 8300 Silves
This cathedral was built on the site of an old mosque. The Gothic nave and the lower sides (13C) are striking in their attractive simplicity. The many tombs are those of the Crusaders who helped to recapture the town in 1242. Opposite the cathedral d..
Industrial tourism and theme park
Escadas Gregório Mascarenhas P - Silves
This old cork factory (owned by an English firm, hence its name "the English factory") has been transformed into a huge leisure facility. In the summer, there is an evening water and light show "Aquavision". The old factory buildi..
Architecture, castles and historic districts
P - 8300 Silves
It is best to leave your car in the cathedral square to go in through the surrounding wall of the castle. The path round the battlements has many viewpoints over the town and the surroundings. You can see, to the north-west, the irrigated valley of t..
Museums and art
R. da Porta de Loulé 14 P - 8300 Silves
This museum is set up in a modern building built along the old town wall around a large reservoir tank from the 12C and 13C. The collections retrace the history of this region from the Paleolithic age. Worthy of note are the menhirs and the funerary ..
18 Rue dos Lírios P - 8300 Silves
This wayside cross from the 16C has Christ on the cross on one side and on the other a Pietà.
N125 P - 8365 Armação de Pêra
This is an attractive white chapel with a pointed bell-tower located on a cliff promontory whose interior, covered in azulejos, houses some charming commemorative plaques (ships).