In an unassuming way Silves unfolds itself to visitors revealing an impressive cathedral as well as a charming smaller chapel, Igreja daMiseracordia, an elegant town hall, a fascinating museum and many more interesting buildings.
The best way to explore Silves is on foot, popping into the morning market where local producers sell fruit and vegetables, exploring the narrow cobbled streets and alleyways and relaxing in the wonderful praças or squares. Stop for a coffee in one of the cafes..and stay as long as you like. At lunch time there is the smell of Piri Piri chicken or sardines being grilled on the open barbecue. Silves has an excellent choice of restaurants, where fresh produce and traditional cooking introduce you to the essentials of Portuguese food.
In August, Silves turns back the clock and the whole town immerses itself in the now famous Silves medieval fair.The streets are lined with stalls selling teas and herbs, handmade jewellery and leather goods, cakes and breads. You mingle with belly dancers and snake charmers, kings and knights, beggars and lords. Food is cooked on open fires and served on terracotta or wooden platters.