The annual Silves Medieval Fair (Algarve) is held in the narrow cobbled streets which lead up to the ancient castle. The streets and squares are transformed into a medieval market place as stall holders and even several of the visitors dress in medieval and arabic costumes. There is a tent where you can hire costumes plus if you really want to embrace the medieval “mood” you can also change your euros into the old currency to use at the stalls.
There are several food stalls where you can buy hog roast, barbecued chicken, crepes, sweets, cakes etc You can even buy mulled wine in rustic terracotta cups as you wander the streets or sit on straw bales while you eat, drink and enjoy the ambience.
If you do not fancy eating on the “hoof” there are plenty of cafes and restaurants in the area.
There are many events throughout the evening including jugglers, dancing, jousting and more!
The Fair opens at 18.00 and closes at 1.00.
If you have young children in pushchairs please note the fair becomes extremely busy later in the evening which may prove difficult to push the little one through the crowds and up or down the steep cobbled streets. We usually arrive to watch the opening processions and browse all the stalls before the crowds arrive!
I have written to the organisers to enquire about disabled parking and facilities and will update this post once I receive a reply.
Locals tip: Wear comfortable flattish shoes with a good grip. The cobbled streets are extremely slippery in places.
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Pictures of Silves Medieval Fair 2010
The atmosphere changes as darkness falls and the streets fill with throngs of people. It has a real party feel and a great buzz, but a little difficult if you are trying to maneuver a pushchair.
Video of opening Procession
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