Silves

A picturesque town set on a hilltop, home to charming narrow streets, an ancient castle, and pretty whitewashed houses.

Silves is a municipality in the Portuguese Algarve of southern Portugal. Silves is the former capital of the Algarve and is of great historical importance. The municipality is crossed by the Arade River, which was navigable in historical times and was key to the prosperity of the city of Silves. The waters of the river form the dams of Arade and Funcho. The landscape of the municipality is generally hilly. To the south the municipality borders the Atlantic Ocean. Silves is built on top of one of the largest underground aquifers in the south of Portugal, The Querenca-Silves Aquifer and has many orange groves, a fruit introduced by the Moors.
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