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Silves - Castle and Cathedral Silves

Of the ancient city of Xelb with its many mosques, the Moorish capital of the Algarve, the magnificience of which was said to eclipse even that of Lisbon, there remain the red sandstone walls of a castle standing above the white-walled town which rises in tiers up the hillside.
Thanks to its protected position inland, in the foothills of the Serra de Monchique, Silves has managed to preserve its character with its steep, cobbled streets.

Monchique, the highest situated village in the Algarve, at 20 km.

The Castle - The sentry path around the ramparts affords good views of the town and surrounding countryside.
The Cathedral - (13C) Built on the site of a former mosque. The numerous tombs are said to of the Crusaders who helped to capture the town in 1242.
Cruz de Portugal - The Portuguese Cross.

Museu Arqueológico - A new archeological museum built against the old city wall.
Fábrica do Inglês - in Silves - Entertainment and culturepark, Corkmuseum.

Tourist Office
Tourist Information
Rua 25 de Abril
8300 Silves
Tel. ++351 282-442255
Região de Turismo do Algarve
Avª 5 de Outubro, 18
8000 FARO
Tel. ++351 289-800400
Fax. ++351 289-800489

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