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Top recommendations from locals

From sightseeing to hidden gems, find out what makes the city unique with the help of the locals who know it best.
Castle
“A very impressive castle. One of the best preserved Moorish fortifications in Portugal.”
  • 30 locals recommend
Flea Market
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“Castle of Silves Castle of the 15th century with museum in the ancient capital of the Algarve. Silves was also an important city of the Muslim empire (8th century) before the Christian reconquest.”
  • 41 locals recommend
Seafood Restaurant
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“One of the most well-known restaurants in the Algarve ! Really worthwhile a visit if you like fish !”
  • 30 locals recommend
Church
“A must. Once the capital of the Algarve. Lots to see apart from the part restored castle. Lots of cafes and restaurants.”
  • 7 locals recommend
Vineyard
“Join the winning Combination of their Wines and Gastronomy. Wander through the Beautiful Sculpture Gardens. (9,5 kms) ”
  • 10 locals recommend
Store
“Guests who use the Amendoeira Sports Club for recreational sports can purchase drinks and snacks from the Sports Bar in the main sports club building. Large TVs show the main sports channels.”
  • 2 locals recommend
Portuguese Restaurant
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“Coffee-restaurant with live music, located next to the Castle of Silves. Pleasant space combining comfort with the sound of salsa, jazz and bossa nova. During the day you can sit on the terrace eating some snacks and in the evening try traditional well-cooked food.”
  • 8 locals recommend
Library
“Learn about the history Silves and the history of the Algarve region: The Rio Arade was long an important route into the interior for the Phoenicians, Greeks and Carthaginians, who wanted the copper and iron action in the southwest of the country. With the Moorish invasion from the 8th century, the town gained prominence due to its strategic hilltop, riverside site. From the mid-11th to the mid-13th centuries, Shelb (or Xelb), as it was then known, rivalled Lisbon in prosperity and influence: according to the 12th-century Arab geographer Idrisi, it had a population of 30, 000, a port and shipyards, and ‘attractive buildings and well-furnished bazaars’.”
  • 7 locals recommend
Golf Course
  • 6 locals recommend
Lake
“Roman-time spring where you can have a picnic and swim. We love this spots, especially in the afternoons. ”
  • 8 locals recommend
Lake
“This publicly accessible water spring is barely known by tourists and mostly visited by locals. The crystal clear water is stored in a dam reservoir of about 1,5 meters deep. This means that you can swim in the fresh water. The remainder of the water is absorbed by a nature area into the Arade river. You can bring your own picnic things and use the many picnic tables. Barbecues are permitted. Tip! A similar, surprising, public and free water spring area can be found in the cute village of Alte.”
  • 7 locals recommend
City Hall
“Really nice village with medieval castle, really nice to visit not that far away...!”
  • 69 locals recommend
Establishment
“One of the biggest and most famous Medieval Fairs in the country, this event takes place in mid-August and brings most of the town back to ancient times where kings and queens lived. With lots of music, food and activities for grown ups and kids, you should definitely check it out.”
  • 7 locals recommend
Portuguese Restaurant
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“They only serve piri-piri chicken and sardines (in the summer), but see for yourself the reason to have the best ratingg on tripadvisor. The best price/quality ratio in the all world :)”
  • 5 locals recommend
Portuguese Restaurant
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“Just sit down and eat whatever's on special for the day. Great value and great dining experience.”
  • 4 locals recommend
Park
“There are lots of hidden little walks and places in the Algarve that are hard to find and are often little hidden gems … we even hesitated about sharing this one with you as the sítio das fontes near Estombar, in the parish of Lagoa, is such a peaceful and quiet place – we don’t want too many people to find it! You will find it by driving to Lagoa, taking the exit off the roundabout that’s signed to the Slide and Splash theme park – go past the park, over the railway line, and as you enter the village of Estombar you will see the brown sign for ‘Fontes’ with a right turn off the main road. Follow the signs for a mile or so, past the sports stadium, and under the motorway. You’ll see a sign ”
  • 5 locals recommend

Top restaurants

Seafood Restaurant
“One of the most well-known restaurants in the Algarve ! Really worthwhile a visit if you like fish !”
  • 30 locals recommend
Portuguese Restaurant
“Coffee-restaurant with live music, located next to the Castle of Silves. Pleasant space combining comfort with the sound of salsa, jazz and bossa nova. During the day you can sit on the terrace eating some snacks and in the evening try traditional well-cooked food.”
  • 8 locals recommend
Portuguese Restaurant
“They only serve piri-piri chicken and sardines (in the summer), but see for yourself the reason to have the best ratingg on tripadvisor. The best price/quality ratio in the all world :)”
  • 5 locals recommend
Portuguese Restaurant
“Just sit down and eat whatever's on special for the day. Great value and great dining experience.”
  • 4 locals recommend
Restaurant
“Highly recommend, romantic, very good price/quality... very cosy without beautiful outside terrace. Make sure to book a few days in advance during peak season !”
  • 7 locals recommend
Restaurant
“Great traditional dishes, craft beer and good wine. Food available outside normal lunch and dinner times.”
  • 4 locals recommend
Restaurant
“Restaurante típico de gastronomia portuguesa. Typical Portuguese gastronomy restaurant. Encerra ao Quarta-Feira Typical restaurant. Closed on Wednesday Contact: (+351) 282 443 240”
  • 4 locals recommend
Restaurant
“You want to have really delicious see food? Go to this restaurante! Very delicious fresh see food! Friendly and warm service, good location. Food is absolutely delicious. Try Cataplana with shrimps and bacalhao ( enough for 2-3 persons). ”
  • 4 locals recommend

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