The Castle of Silves is located in Silves, Algarve region of Portugal

The Castle of Silves is located in Silves, Algarve region of Portugal

The russet-coloured, Lego-like castle has great views over the town and surrounding countryside

The russet-coloured, Lego-like castle has great views over the town and surrounding countryside

Built between the 8th and 13th century, the castle is one of the best preserved Muslim castles in Portugal

Built between the 8th and 13th century, the castle is one of the best preserved Muslim castles in Portugal

This castle has 11 towers in total and they are remarkably in good shape

This castle has 11 towers in total and they are remarkably in good shape

Silves Castle is a great remnant of what would have been a powerful Moorish settlement

Silves Castle is a great remnant of what would have been a powerful Moorish settlement

Shilb (Arabic name for Silves) was one of the most important towns in the western al-Andalus

Shilb (Arabic name for Silves) was one of the most important towns in the western al-Andalus

Main highlights of Silves Castle are its well preserved defensive walls, turrets and gates

Main highlights of Silves Castle are its well preserved defensive walls, turrets and gates

Tower 1 seen to the left with the tower number 11 to right, the entrance gate is situated between these two towers

Tower 1 seen to the left with the tower number 11 to right, the entrance gate is situated between these two towers

In 1160, Silves was taken by Ferdinand I of Leon from the Muslim rule but Muslims re-took the castle from the Christian hands

In 1160, Silves was taken by Ferdinand I of Leon from the Muslim rule but Muslims re-took the castle from the Christian hands

A statue of Sancho I of Portugal at the entrance of the gate

A statue of Sancho I of Portugal at the entrance of the gate

He took castle from the Muslims in 1189 but soon he lost this castle in 1191

He took castle from the Muslims in 1189 but soon he lost this castle in 1191

On one of the walls, close to entrance patrimonio do estado is wrriten which translates as

On one of the walls, close to entrance patrimonio do estado is wrriten which translates as "heritage status"

Beside the entrance, there were few displays which referred as

Beside the entrance, there were few displays which referred as "The Enchanted Moorish Maiden" this name is given to an exhibition of the remaining Islamic art in Portugal

This concept is based on Museum with No Frontiers and one is invited to visit Islamic heritage from Coimbra to Algrave

This concept is based on Museum with No Frontiers and one is invited to visit Islamic heritage from Coimbra to Algrave

A closer look at the wooden door of the main entrance

A closer look at the wooden door of the main entrance

This covered space lies between the tower one and eleven

This covered space lies between the tower one and eleven

Ceiling of this structure is made with the bricks

Ceiling of this structure is made with the bricks

To the left of the main entrance, lies the ticket office

To the left of the main entrance, lies the ticket office

Inside the ticket office, a model of the Silves Castle is displayed

Inside the ticket office, a model of the Silves Castle is displayed

Looking back at the tciket office (door to the right) and area next to the main entrance

Looking back at the tciket office (door to the right) and area next to the main entrance

In 1191, a Muslim army re-took this castle and it lasted in the Muslims hands for another 58 years

In 1191, a Muslim army re-took this castle and it lasted in the Muslims hands for another 58 years

In excavations beginning on 13 August 2005 and lasting into 2006, archaeologists Rosa and Mário Varela Gomes brought light onto the vestiges of the Muslim ruins

In excavations beginning on 13 August 2005 and lasting into 2006, archaeologists Rosa and Mário Varela Gomes brought light onto the vestiges of the Muslim ruins

The walls and towers of the castle are from the 12th and 13th centuries

The walls and towers of the castle are from the 12th and 13th centuries

Exterior of one of the towers of the Silves castle with the town spreading out below

Exterior of one of the towers of the Silves castle with the town spreading out below

Castle of Silves offers wonderful view over Silves and the surrounding countryside

Castle of Silves offers wonderful view over Silves and the surrounding countryside

Due to the proximity to the coast this area is very suitable climate for the fruit farming

Due to the proximity to the coast this area is very suitable climate for the fruit farming

A breathtaking view of the Silves town, seen from the battlement of the castle

A breathtaking view of the Silves town, seen from the battlement of the castle

Looking to the eastern side of Silves

Looking to the eastern side of Silves

Earlier, I was lost while driving to Silves from Sintra - I could recognoise the building in the background where I asked for directions

Earlier, I was lost while driving to Silves from Sintra - I could recognoise the building in the background where I asked for directions

A lone house sitting at the slopes of a hill

A lone house sitting at the slopes of a hill

This is the hotel where I was staying in

This is the hotel where I was staying in

The Arade River, seen from the Silves Castle

The Arade River, seen from the Silves Castle

The Palace of Balconies, where Al-Mutamid lived in the 11th century

The Palace of Balconies, where Al-Mutamid lived in the 11th century

The vaulted Moorish windows of the Palace of Balconies

The vaulted Moorish windows of the Palace of Balconies

A flag inside the Silves Castle

A flag inside the Silves Castle

A whitewash and sand from the 13th century on display inside one of the towers

A whitewash and sand from the 13th century on display inside one of the towers

A marble captal is also from the 13th century

A marble captal is also from the 13th century

This stucco is a mixture of whitewash and sand (13th century)

This stucco is a mixture of whitewash and sand (13th century)

A ceramic bowl (13th century) on display

A ceramic bowl (13th century) on display

Most of these objects on display are from the 12th and 13th centuries, a period of Muslim rule

Most of these objects on display are from the 12th and 13th centuries, a period of Muslim rule

Number 16 is a ceramic tripod and number 18 is a ceramic bowl

Number 16 is a ceramic tripod and number 18 is a ceramic bowl

Broken fragments on display here belong to a 13th century pitcher

Broken fragments on display here belong to a 13th century pitcher

Still intact amphoras are also from the 13th century

Still intact amphoras are also from the 13th century

Number 22 is a crossbow bolt (displayed in foreground), number 26 is a dagger tip, number 25 is a sling bullet, number 23 and 24 are crossbow bolts

Number 22 is a crossbow bolt (displayed in foreground), number 26 is a dagger tip, number 25 is a sling bullet, number 23 and 24 are crossbow bolts

This photo shows how inside of the castle had looked like during the Almohad rule

This photo shows how inside of the castle had looked like during the Almohad rule

Inside the towers, there are lookout points to monitor the approaching enemies

Inside the towers, there are lookout points to monitor the approaching enemies

A closer look at the opening of the tower

A closer look at the opening of the tower

There were walkways beside the ruins but access to them was closed

There were walkways beside the ruins but access to them was closed

A large cistern on the north-east parts of the grounds can be accessed by a set of steep stairs

A large cistern on the north-east parts of the grounds can be accessed by a set of steep stairs

The Cistern of Moura, is a 10 metres (33 ft) high, 820 square metres (8,800 sq ft) superficial area, with five naves marked by four orders of columns

The Cistern of Moura, is a 10 metres (33 ft) high, 820 square metres (8,800 sq ft) superficial area, with five naves marked by four orders of columns

Now this cistern displays an exhibition about the conservation of the Iberian Lynx

Now this cistern displays an exhibition about the conservation of the Iberian Lynx

One of the many lights of the castle, which provide beautiful views at night, when seen from the distance

One of the many lights of the castle, which provide beautiful views at night, when seen from the distance

Interior of the tower number 6 - this tower now displays exhibitions

Interior of the tower number 6 - this tower now displays exhibitions

Theme of the current display was the drawings of Silves town by the children

Theme of the current display was the drawings of Silves town by the children

A closer look at the some of the displays

A closer look at the some of the displays

Open courtyard of the castle seen through the arch of tower number 6

Open courtyard of the castle seen through the arch of tower number 6

Ramparts of the Silves Castle

Ramparts of the Silves Castle

An open area next to the castle's tower

An open area next to the castle's tower

A wooden walkway is installed outside the walls of the castle

A wooden walkway is installed outside the walls of the castle

This small space with a fountain in the middle is next to the castle, on the western side

This small space with a fountain in the middle is next to the castle, on the western side

Ramparts of the castle are joined here by the Silves City Walls

Ramparts of the castle are joined here by the Silves City Walls

Rooftops of the houses next to the castle

Rooftops of the houses next to the castle

Red brick walkways are added in the courtyard of the castle with a fountain in the foreground

Red brick walkways are added in the courtyard of the castle with a fountain in the foreground

Old ruins beside the castle walls

Old ruins beside the castle walls

In the middle of the castle, trees are planted to provide much needed greenery

In the middle of the castle, trees are planted to provide much needed greenery

The historical gardens are located next to the southern wall

The historical gardens are located next to the southern wall

This castle sits on a hilltop and it gets plenty of sunshine and having trees here is a hardwork

This castle sits on a hilltop and it gets plenty of sunshine and having trees here is a hardwork

A cafe is situated inside the courtyard, in the background entrance tower can be seen

A cafe is situated inside the courtyard, in the background entrance tower can be seen

It was slightly cloudy on the day but whenever sun came out it was scorching hot

It was slightly cloudy on the day but whenever sun came out it was scorching hot

Names of some of the elixirs on a sign board in the garden

Names of some of the elixirs on a sign board in the garden

A pomegranate tree laden with the fruits

A pomegranate tree laden with the fruits

Tower above entrance of the castle seen from the garden

Tower above entrance of the castle seen from the garden

Access door of the tower number 1 from the ramparts of the castle

Access door of the tower number 1 from the ramparts of the castle

Interior of the tower number 1 it has two doors and one lookout point

Interior of the tower number 1 it has two doors and one lookout point

Looking down at the Silves town from the gap between the towers number 1 and 11

Looking down at the Silves town from the gap between the towers number 1 and 11

Ramparts of the Silves Castle

Ramparts of the Silves Castle

Exterior of the tower number 1

Exterior of the tower number 1

A closer look at the material used to build the walls of the castle

A closer look at the material used to build the walls of the castle

In the Evening, I went for a walk in the town and saw the castle sitting behind a barren hill

In the Evening, I went for a walk in the town and saw the castle sitting behind a barren hill

A closer look at the hill which has net protection to avoid the rocks coming down at the houses below

A closer look at the hill which has net protection to avoid the rocks coming down at the houses below

Towers of the castle seen above the rooftop of a house

Towers of the castle seen above the rooftop of a house

Silve Castle seen at the dusk

Silve Castle seen at the dusk

Zaighum Abbas Ranjha - Silves Castle, Portugal

Zaighum Abbas Ranjha - Silves Castle, Portugal

In this photo, Silves Castle castle can be seen to the right

In this photo, Silves Castle castle can be seen to the right