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“Medieval Festival - Amazing Evening”

Feira Medieval de Silves
Ranked #3 of 18 things to do in Silves
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Recommended length of visit: More than 3 hours
Reviewed 28 June 2018 via mobile

This was a fantastic evening, the location and atmosphere were mind blowing. The stalls were brilliant such a huge range of hints to look at and buy. Stall holders more than happy for the children to have a look and play with things without buying. The food was wonderful and we all enjoyed sitting on the huge hay bales and just having wooden planks for tables. The crepe making was phenomenal and the entertainment was really enjoyable. My only slight complaint was the lack of toilet facilities and those that were there were quite grim. We did manage to find a little restaurant that would let you use them if you bought a drink.
The whole place was amazing and just went on for miles. Would absolutely recommend this to anyone, well maybe not toddlers in the evening.

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Reviewed 7 November 2017

The medieval fair takes place every August, usually in the second week. It starts in the evening with a parade through the city and ends around 1 am. If you are able to visit more than once, I really advise you to do that. Come for the first time after dark when the city is magical. Dont expect to do any more than wander around, eat some street food and soak up the atmosphere. On a second visit you can come in the daylight to do some shopping, and later attend the jousting or the show in the castle. Buy your tickets for these events early. It is also great fun to hire a costume in the Royal Wardrobe and parade around the fair as a princess or a knight. You really feel different inside those clothes! If you have young children-come early. The fair is always busy and even if you manage to avoid the weekend nights, it can be very crowded for little people. And usually hot so bring lots of water though these is plenty of food and drink on sale. Backpacks are easier than pushchairs if you have the option. Shoes with good grips are useful as the calçada can get very slippy.But it is worth making the effort. We go every year and are always delighted with it.

2  Thank Mary c
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Reviewed 4 September 2017

I couldn't quite judge much of it, since we arrived later on the day, when apparently everything was finishing up. But we saw the camels, couple exhibits and heard phrenetic sounds of music.
The most interesting was the market street, with lots of quaint things being sold there.
Got me feeling like it was all made for tourists, not as an authentic festival.

Thank Anna G
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Reviewed 29 August 2017

We've been to Silves a few times and having visited the Festival previously during the day, decided that we'd like to visit in the evening.

If you haven't been in the day, go! It's a very quaint medieval village and castle with some great views. This was the local annual festival that runs for a week in August and it really came alive at night. With a very Moroccan influence the evening started at 6.00pm with a procession through the village up to the castle. There were a variety of entertainers and the kids were very impressed with the snake charmers and camels!! Once this had finished the entertainment began. There were food stalls in all the squares, many serving mixed plates of Portuguese pork and beef kebabs with break, but there were also wraps, pizzas...anything you wanted really. If you still had room there were waffle and ice-cream stalls and the men making crepes over the firepits gave a very artistic display once darkness hit. There were also stalls selling port, wine, beer etc etc. As I say, anything you wanted. Strolling musicians added to the party atmosphere.

You could pay to dress up in Medieval costume which many of the locals had done. There were lots of stalls to visit and a real party atmosphere - very inclusive.

One word of warning - be careful with what you wear on your feet. Silvesh is quite hilly and is cobbled. Therefore it's very slippery where the cobbles have worn over the years and with so many people it was quite challenging in places.

Park in the town - there is plenty of supervised parking for little or no cost, and walk up. It's a 10 min stroll with plenty of bars on the way if you'd like a sit down.

There are all sorts of things happening around the town and whilst we didn't do it, elsewhere there was a jousting tournament.

A really great experience and something a bit different for a beach holiday for a very small entrance fee. From memory I think €30 for the four of us.

1  Thank jill135
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Reviewed 21 August 2017

Brilliant medieval fair great for the family loads of entertainment including jousting and a chance to dress up in costumes and great value

1  Thank Ronnie B
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