Let’s Explore the Algarve

A little further inland and close to Ferragudo is the quaint and historic town of Silves, which is known for its famous 14th-century ancient bridge.

Now exclusively used by pedestrians, it served as the town’s principal entrance until the 1960s. Five Roman-style arches support its 76 metres of length and 5 metres of width. After you cross it, you’ll get a broad perspective of the town as well as the surrounding orange and almond trees.

The Algarve’s former capital, Silves, was a major commerce hub from the ninth to the twelfth centuries. The beautiful Moorish castle was designated as a National Monument in 1910 because it is among Portugal’s best-preserved Moorish structures.

Once serving as the city’s main entrance, the “Portas da Cidade” city gate dates back to the 12th century. You can ascend the steps to gain an aerial perspective of the main town square. After that, head to Café DaRosa, which is located directly below the city gate, for pastries and coffee while admiring the Portuguese tiling that adorns the interior of the café.

Other worthwhile destinations are the Islamic Heritage Interpretation Centre, the Chapel of Nossa Senhora dos Martires, and the Church of Misericordia.