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

Tourists often visit typical shops in the Algarve to buy souvenirs. The shops in Silves 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 Historical Center, we quickly arrive at the Turret of the City Gate. We cross the large structure using a passage on its left. (Notice the large nest at the 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 among the most beautiful and original 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


Find Ana & Joana on Google Maps to make your life easier.

After the visit, follow your path through the streets of the Historical Center, towards the Castle of Silves. Along the way, visit another famous local shop, Al-Tannur (dedicated to ceramic arts), and the Silves Cathedral.

Enjoy the city … and may you buy fascinating products.

» I live in the Algarve (South of Portugal).

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