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Silves

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  • Day615

    Silves Castelo & Odeceixe beach

    February 10 in Portugal ⋅ ☀️ 16 °C

    Silves is an attractive town, 15km inland from the coast, built above the banks of the Rio Arade, once an important trading route into the interior for the Phoenicians, Greeks and Carthaginians, who wanted the copper and iron minerals found in this part of the country.

    The cathedral, with its Gothic interior and tombs, and castle are its main tourist attractions today. From the castle ramparts the views take in the town, surrounding countryside and hills in the distance. The castle today dates mostly from the Moorish era and lots of excavating is currently going on unearthing treasures from times past. A lot of restoration took place during the 20th century when the castle was beginning to look very unloved. One of the most recent, modern additions was to incorporate a cafe into the castle grounds. Here we sat in the sunshine, surrounded by history, for a bite to eat. The 12th century water cisterns, 5m deep, are host temporary exhibitions. It was here that we learnt about the Iberian Lynx and how it is close to extinction despite large numbers found in Portugal only 80 years ago. People are working hard to reintroduce this beautiful wild cat and build the numbers back up. There is a long way to go.

    On the west coast we visited Praia Odexeice, a beautiful, horseshoe shaped beach at the head of an estuary that carved its way through the valley floor. With the Atlantic surf pounding the outlying rocks, we sat on the clifftop looking down onto the fine, golden sands below where a few brave people were dipping their toes into the cold waters below.
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  • Day17

    Silves: Castle and Storks

    May 18, 2018 in Portugal ⋅ ⛅ 70 °F

    This morning we drove away from the coast up into the mountains of the Algarve. In Silves was a castle, cathedral, and Roman Bridge, which we saw as we went by. Then we saw an amazing number of nesting storks feeding their babies, and flying around.

  • Day68

    Historical Algarve Bus Tour

    March 8, 2018 in Portugal ⋅ 🌧 15 °C

    We wanted to see more of this area of the Algarve and weighed our options of a car rental for the day vs an organized bus tour. We opted for the stress-free bus tour for €39 each, which was about the same as the car rental. Gas is expensive here...about $2 a litre. It was a dreary, drizzly morning when were picked up at our resort and joined 48 other passengers, all from the UK except for four other Canadians. Our first stop was the historic town of Silves where there is a 12th century castle. We didn’t pay to go inside as we had read that the exterior was more interesting than the interior. We wandered through the town and got back to the bus early.

    Next stop was the peak of Monchique Mountain, a range 20 km inland. The peak is almost 3,000 feet and the whole drive up the mountain was in fog and drizzle. Naturally we could see nothing at the top but were reassured by the tour guide that there were beautiful views hiding beneath the fog and low lying cloud. We were invited into a gift shop where they were giving free samples of the local liqueurs, which John described as tasting like shellac (although I doubt that he has ever tasted shellac!).
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  • Day25

    Silves

    March 25, 2018 in Portugal ⋅ ☀️ 17 °C

    Dimanche, 25 mars 2018
    Dimanche des Rameaux, nous rejoignons Silves, petite ville blanche, collée à une colline. Le ciel est encore menaçant pour la procession des Rameaux. Nous suivons la messe dans la cathédrale archi-pleine. Sives était, pendant 5 siècles, la capitale du royaume maure d'Algarve, mais il ne reste plus que l'enceinte de Al Hamra, la résidence du dernier roi et qq restes des remparts. A l'heure du dîner, la Casa Velha nous propose toute sorte de Cataplana. Nous savourons, coude à coude avec des habitués et des touristes, ce plat typique aux crevettes, moules et viande de porc. De retour à notre cc, nous pouvons, pour la première fois ces vacances, sortir nos chaises-longues et faire une sieste sous le soleil. Extra!Read more

  • Day26

    Silves

    March 26, 2018 in Portugal ⋅ ☀️ 10 °C

    Lundi, 26 mars 2018

    Silves a encore des choses à nous montrer. Avant de quitter cette belle ville, nous allons voir la Croix du Portugal, le pont romain et la belle place Al Mouhatamid Ibn Abbad, Roi-Poète. Il était né à Beja, fut roi à Séville, avant d'en être chassé et de se réfugier à Silves. Un tour au marché et nous partons au bord de mer.Read more

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