What is the appeal? How about the dark red of mighty castle walls that loom over the city and the surrounding countryside.
This being the first thing you see while entering Silves peaks ones curiosity to see more.
Driving over the Arade River it seems as if you've stepped back in time, yet there is an appeal of where past merges with present.
As an example, we drive over a newer bridge that is only a few yards from a bridge dating back to the Medieval period, until only a few years ago it was this structure that connected Silves to the coast.
I have so much to share with you about this great spot in the Algarve, but in this post I am going to focus on the biggest castle in the Algarve and the most beautiful military monument to the Islamic period in Portugal. The imposing Moorish "Castle of Silves"
It has its origins in the ramparts built around the town during the Moorish occupation, probably on the site of late Roman or Visagothic fortifications (4th /5th centuries).
Its eleven towers, two of which are barbicans - joined to the ramparts by a supporting arch that holds up the walk way - and thick walls enclose an area of approximately 39,370 feet.
The double entrance is the gateway defended by two towers and the opening of the `traitors' gate in the north facing walls still remains. Four of the towers have gothic doorways, vaulted halls and stones bearing the marks of medieval masons.
Inside the castles walls, nothing remains of the original Moorish buildings.
If you would like to see more pictures of this interesting castle just click on "Where's Debbie" and then on the album "Silves Castle"