Silves & Paderne, Algarve

Silves & Paderne, Algarve

Originally the Moorish capital, Silves is now a thriving community with a bustling riverside complete with pavement cafés, cobbled walkways and cycle paths along the river. The vegetable and fish market is best on Saturday morning, spilling onto the narrow shopping streets, where an old fashioned hardware store and haberdashery sit alongside souvenir shops and bakeries selling delicious cakes. Silves is home to Rui's, one of the Algarve's longest established restaurants which serves excellent fish and seafood.The sandstone castle stands high above the town and has stunning views over the surrounding countryside and the River Arade. The cosmopolitan Café Inglês is next door to the castle and has an interesting menu and live music on Saturdays and Sundays (advance booking is usually required).

Despite its proximity to the coast, Paderne is very much a traditional village. Local produce is traded in the markets here and in nearby Algoz and Messines. There are several restaurants at prices a good deal lower than on the coast; the black pig at Moiras Encantadas is a particular favourite and for wine lovers, the owner of Veneza has one of the most extensive lists we have ever come across along with a menu offering the best of Algarvean cuisine. Paderne is a thriving village and has a chemist, bank, post office, one or two small shops (which might stretch to be called mini-markets) and a very good fruit shop. It is worth remembering that in rural areas it is often possible to hear dogs, donkeys and other four legged friends!

What we think

Pros: This is wonderful walking country, largely unaffected by tourism and a great example of the 'real' Algarve , with good, inexpensive restaurants.

Cons: You may hear occasional traffic noise from some of the properties and once again, most country people keep dogs.

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