Silves council was resolute that 2021 would not pass without a medieval event of some description being held.
Visitors have not been disappointed. Since the end of July the historic streets of Silves have been decked out in medieval finery and different events are taking place, albeit on a smaller scale than in past years. Known this year as Silves Medieval, there are events and many restaurants are joining in with special medieval menus.
Song and dance
For those who enjoy song and dance, Silves Castle will be hosting Al-Andalus Nights.
Every evening from 9pm, between August 13 and 22, Wayam Ensemble will present a programme of music and dance from north Africa and the Middle East.
Four musicians from Morocco and Syria are accompanied by an oriental dancer and Syrian dancers, who masterfully interpret spiritual and folkloric dances.
Entrance to the show is €5 and tickets must be purchased in advance. Click here to buy your tickets.
And for those visitors who enjoy a little bit of excitement, the jousting is taking place every evening at 9pm in the al-Muthamid square. Again, tickets cost €5 and can be purchased online here.
The story is told that Dom Sancho conquered Silves Castle in 1189 and during the subsequent days of celebration, tournaments were organised where several illustrious knights fought. And so it is that four fearless knights battle each evening, until August 13, to gain the ultimate prize but you will have to visit to find out who the winner is.
Of course, a festival would not be complete without food and drink and this one is no exception.
Dining in medieval style
Paladares Medievais has more than 30 participating restaurants with each offering a medieval dish, snack or meal, together with the usual menu.
To add to the fun and also create more of a medieval ambience, there will be street entertainment to watch whilst you are eating. Click here to find out which restaurants are taking part and what their medieval offering is.
All events comply with recommendations and guidelines of the Portuguese health service (DGS), use of masks is mandatory and visitors must respect all rules.
For information on the history of Silves click here and for a quick look at Algarve’s defenses, which includes Silves’ castle, click here.
Images courtesy of visitalgarve.pt