Silves City and County
Silves is a Portuguese city of Faro in the district, region and subregion of the Algarve, with around 10 800 inhabitants. Silves was once the capital of the Algarve, but lost that status in part due to siltation of the river Arade.
It is the seat of a municipality with 680.02 kilometers ² and 36 165 people (2008 ), divided into 8 parishes . It is bordered to the north by the Municipality of Ourique northeast by Almodovar, east of Loulé, Albufeira by southeast, southwest by Lake, west of Portimão and Monchique, northwest and south of Beja has coastline on the Atlantic Ocean.
The town of Silves, rising on a fertile valley of orange groves and is dominated by the castle, which dates mainly from the time of Moorish occupation.
Indeed, Silves thrived under the Arabs, and became their capital in the Algarve, under the name of Chelb, until conquered by the Knights of Santiago in 1242.
The towers of the castle are obtained spectacular views over the city and the fields and meadows that surround it.
Inside, the Cistern Moura Encantada is a huge deposit of five ships and bulging dome that provided water to the city.
Besides the castle, is worth visiting the cathedral, which dates from the thirteenth century, and the small church of Mercy, with a door Manueline side and an altarpiece.
On the coast, Armação de Pêra, originally a fishing village, became a popular holiday resort full of hotels, resorts and restaurants and surrounded by lovely beaches.
Not far away, Porches is known for its artistic it is manufactured there and that seeks to preserve ancient Iberian and Arabic.