Silves, in the Algarve, is a city that breathes History. I go there every year — especially in August, the month of the traditional Medieval Fair.
Tourists like to explore the Historic Center. We find there, for example, a castle and a cathedral.
The tour in the Historic Center usually begins on the N124 road, which crosses the city (this appears in a post with an essential day trip to Silves). From there, next to a square, we follow up through narrow streets.
In the first minutes of walking, tourists cross the Turret of the City Gate, popularly known in Portuguese as “Portas da Cidade de Silves.”
Silves’ Turret of the City Gate
In medieval times, the turret (12th or 13th century), with gates, was part of the walls that protected the site. The gates gave access to the main street. We no longer see the walls, but the tower is in perfect condition.
See the structure now with me through the pictures below, and get inspired for your visit to Silves.
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» I live in the Algarve (South of Portugal).
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