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Ana & Joana: an interesting gift shop to visit in Silves (Algarve)

This is the English version of my blog GDAMAS (Portuguese language, online since 2010). I'm still working on it. English is not my native language. Please, feel free to correct me.


Tourists often visit typical shops in the Algarve to buy souvenirs. The shops in Silves, specifically, have a special touch. Among them, a favorite is Ana & Joana.

It’s nearly impossible to visit the Historic Center of Silves without seeing this shop. Reason? It is right in front of the Turret of the City Gate, which guarded the city centuries ago.

Map with the location of the shop in Silves
Understand the location. The red balloon shows the shop Ana & Joana. The blue arrow marks the Turret of the City Gate. (Green arrow: Café Inglês, a restaurant. Pink arrow: Silves Castle.)
The Turret of the City Gate, before the shop Ana & Joana
Exploring the narrow streets of the Historic Center, we easily arrive at the Turret of the City Gate. We cross the big structure using a passage on its left. (Notice the large nest at top right. It’s a stork nest, which has been there for many years. Silves is full of storks in warm seasons, and tourists love to watch them.)
Entrance to the Turret of the City Gate
We cross the historic entrance…
Front of the shop Ana & Joana
…and immediately find Ana & Joana.

Ana & Joana stands out for the variety of products. I feel tempted to buy everything. I am gradually covering the walls of my office with travel items (especially History items), and some of them came from that shop.

Items linked to the medieval period catch our attention: statues of knights, bunches of keys, shields, swords, mugs, rings, hourglasses, bijou, postcards, etc. Items that celebrate Portugal (roosters, plates, towels) are one the most beautiful and original I have seen in local gift shops. And keep an eye on the famous cork products (don’t leave Portugal without at least one).

Interior of Ana & Joana, in Silves
Inside Ana & Joana
Inside Ana e Joana, in Silves

Location

To make your life easier, find Ana & Joana right now on Google Maps.

After the visit, do not forget to follow your way through the streets of the Historic Center, towards the Castle of Silves. Along the way, visit another famous local shop: Al-Tannur, dedicated to ceramic arts, and Silves Cathedral.

Enjoy the city… and may you buy interesting products.


G. DAMAS
I live in the Algarve (South of Portugal). My first fiction book, for young adults, was published in 2001 in Portuguese language — a time travel adventure that won thousands of readers. I also wrote some travel and tech books and manuals.
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