Following our stopover at Pedras d’el Rei, we decided to roam a bit further afield and headed to Silves for some sight-seeing and to check out a new motorhome park that has recently opened. We came to Silves on our honeymoon but haven’t been back since and it is lovely.
In days of old it was the Moorish capital of the Algarve and the view of the town as you approach is sensational. Dominated by the huge red castle on the hill it is the best preserved castle in the Algarve. The Sé Velha (cathedral) next door was built by the Crusaders and some of their tombs are inside.
We love the motorhome park – we have free wi-fi, electricity and our own water tap! The site is dead level with generous plots and there is no sand to be found anywhere – hurrah! The bread man visits and every morning an assembly of goats, sheep and lambs come out to graze in the field behind us, their bells tinkling as they gamble about.
The countryside around Silves is very lush & green – according to our guidebook it is a prosperous farming region; figs, oranges, lemons, grapefruits & pomegranates are grown in abundance in mile after mile of orchards. It certainly makes for a pleasant view and feels very calm and peaceful – the perfect spot for some r&r before we head home.