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An August 2007 trip to Silves by Praskipark

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Quote: A Day Out in Silves

Rui Marisqueira

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Restaurant | "The Best Seafood Establishment in Silves"

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Whilst living in the Algarve and even now returning for a visit, eating out in Silves is always a special treat for us as a family mainly because from Lagos we have to make a special journey. We often go once or twice a week to eat at one of the snack bars at the front of the town, usually after a visit to the covered market to buy fresh fish and vegetables. Although the snack bars on the front are quite adequate for our needs on a shopping day there is one restaurant we always visit on special occasions.This is Rui Marisqueira and it is situated on Rua do Comendador. This is an extremely busy restaurant and you do have to book ahead and even when you have a reservation you may find yourself standing ...Read More

Member Rating 5 out of 5 on March 6, 2009

Rui Marisqueira
Rua do Comendador 27
Silves
+351 282 442 682

Fabrica do Inglesa

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Attraction | "Musea do Cortica"

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Silves was one of the main areas in the Algarve for producing cork and in the valleys there are an abundance of very old cork trees as well as in the Monchique region. You will notice from the gift shops that a lot of the novelties are made from cork and of course we must not forget wine and port bottles need corks. Saying that, now a lot of wine bottles have those awful plastic corks which I find difficult to get out and usually have to stand the bottle between my feet and pull. With the decline of the cork industry came the decline of the cork factory in Silves which was actually owned by English people. For many years this factory stood in disrepair which was quite sad but in 1999 it wa...Read More

Member Rating 5 out of 5 on January 22, 2009

Fabrica do Inglesa
Rue Gregorio Mascarenhas
Silves
+351 282 440 480

Church of Mercy (Igreja da Misericórdia)

Attraction | "Igreja da Misericordia"

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This is a beautiful church which sits directly opposite the cathedral. It was built in the 16th century and has a beautiful Manueline doorway. Manueline architecture is a style of Portuguese architecture which has been used in the construction of churches and monasteries. It is astyle influenced by the Spanish and Italians but mainly incorporates maritime representations of the great findings from voyages of the discoverers like Vasco de Gama, Pedro Cabral and Henry the Navigator. When you visit Portugal take a look at some of the churches and you will spot these doorways and windows straight away. Personally, I adore them and whenever I am out painting it is one of my favourite subjects.

Member Rating 4 out of 5 on January 22, 2009

Church of Mercy (Igreja da Misericórdia)

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Silves Cathedral

Attraction | "Se Catedral de Silves"

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This cathedral is a mixture of architectural styles; Gothic and Baroque. It stands next to the castle and opposite the Church of Mercy (Igreja da Misericordia). An earthquake in 1352 damaged the cathedral and parts had to be rebuilt. The apse was rebuilt from 1440 until 1470 and is Gothic in style consisting of three chapels, a transept and a main portal and it is quite an awesome sight. Personally I think this part of the cathedral makes the whole building a little ungainly and I don't think the red sandstone and white washed walls fit together. The big earthquake of 1755 again damaged the cathedral - this time the nave, which was repaired and modified changing the style again to incorporate a touch ...Read More

Member Rating 5 out of 5 on January 22, 2009

Silves Cathedral

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Silves Castle

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Attraction | "Castelo de Silves"

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The town of Silves is dominated by the Moorish castle. Built of red sandstone, the castle was strategically placed to keep attacks out. It was renovated in 1835 but some of the original stone work remains and even now there are excavations being carried out, digging for artifacts from the times of the Moors but also from the forts built by the Romans and Phoenicians on the same site. The castle is in a beautiful location overlooking the cathedral and the Church of Mercy, the town and verdant countryside. You are able to walk around the castle walls to take in the panoramic views of the River Arade and the vast expanse of citrus and almond trees which the Moors introduced to the area.Undern...Read More

Member Rating 5 out of 5 on January 22, 2009

Silves Castle

Silves, Portugal

A Long Shot of Silves Photo, Silves, Portugal
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Silves or otherwise known as Xelb by the Moors, was once the Moorish capital of the Algarve and even up to the 19th century had the grand title of 'Kingdom of the Algarve.' The town stood proudly, high on the hill overlooking grand palaces and lavish estates. The River Arade was the main route into the town and made it accessible for many attackers such as the Romans, Carthaginians and the Greeks. The Moors invaded in the 8th century introducing a wealth of architecture and new ideas such as irrigation for the dry, arid lands. It was only in 1189 that the town was seized by Dom Sancho I with some assistance from the English and the town was wrecked. Shortly afterwards, the Moors reclaimed Silves but i...Read More

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Praskipark

Praskipark
Warsaw, Poland