Arriving at the entrance of the hotel, I was staying in

Arriving at the entrance of the hotel, I was staying in

This hotel was situated at the southern bank of the River Arade

This hotel was situated at the southern bank of the River Arade

Beautiful flowers beside the N124-1, on the banks of the River Arade

Beautiful flowers beside the N124-1, on the banks of the River Arade

A short walk later, I saw these wild flowers growing in the grass

A short walk later, I saw these wild flowers growing in the grass

Roads are built on the both sides of the river, there is one built on its bank while other one is N124-1

Roads are built on the both sides of the river, there is one built on its bank while other one is N124-1

A goat roaming inside an orange orchard, this orchard was planted between N124 and the River Arade

A goat roaming inside an orange orchard, this orchard was planted between N124 and the River Arade

N124 is one of the main roads which goes through Silves, beside the river

N124 is one of the main roads which goes through Silves, beside the river

This structure appears to look like a medieval gate (newly built), in front of a car park

This structure appears to look like a medieval gate (newly built), in front of a car park

In this photo, the Castle of Silves rises above the city

In this photo, the Castle of Silves rises above the city

Orange orchard beside the River Arade, the river is flowing gently just behind the reed

Orange orchard beside the River Arade, the river is flowing gently just behind the reed

A statue at the Park of Al Mouatamid Ibn Abbad

A statue at the Park of Al Mouatamid Ibn Abbad

This park is located between Rua da Cruz de Portugal and N124

This park is located between Rua da Cruz de Portugal and N124

Graffiti at a wall of Rua da Cruz de Portugal, next to the park

Graffiti at a wall of Rua da Cruz de Portugal, next to the park

More graffiti at the wall beside the  Al Mouatamid Ibn Abbad Park

More graffiti at the wall beside the Al Mouatamid Ibn Abbad Park

Old city walls at Rua do Mirante - probably this wall was part of the city defensive system, extended from the castle

Old city walls at Rua do Mirante - probably this wall was part of the city defensive system, extended from the castle

These steps go to the upper parts of the hill, from the meeting of Rua do Mirante and Rua Cândido dos Reis

These steps go to the upper parts of the hill, from the meeting of Rua do Mirante and Rua Cândido dos Reis

While walking towards the Castle of Silves, I saw this carpet being hand washed with a water pipe

While walking towards the Castle of Silves, I saw this carpet being hand washed with a water pipe

Looking back at the city offers a wonderful view of the surrounding areas

Looking back at the city offers a wonderful view of the surrounding areas

There is a small pedestrian section between Rua do Mirante and Rua da Porta de Loulé

There is a small pedestrian section between Rua do Mirante and Rua da Porta de Loulé

Looking downwards at the Rua do Mirante with the wall extending beside it

Looking downwards at the Rua do Mirante with the wall extending beside it

A lamp atop the city walls, leading to the Silves Cathedral

A lamp atop the city walls, leading to the Silves Cathedral

Cobbled streets of Silves, this looked very shiny and slippery at Rua da Sé

Cobbled streets of Silves, this looked very shiny and slippery at Rua da Sé

A shop selling souvenirs for the ourists at the street which starts from the Turret of the City Gate to Silves Cathedral

A shop selling souvenirs for the ourists at the street which starts from the Turret of the City Gate to Silves Cathedral

Some of the items were placed inside the basket and left in the street

Some of the items were placed inside the basket and left in the street

There is a beautiful Town Hall Square with the Town Hall seen above it

There is a beautiful Town Hall Square with the Town Hall seen above it

Praça do Município has few cafes around it and a central pool

Praça do Município has few cafes around it and a central pool

A little wine shop at Praça do Município, with the ruins of the city walls in the background

A little wine shop at Praça do Município, with the ruins of the city walls in the background

A closer look at the walls of Silves - Shilb (Arabic name for Silves) was one of the most important towns in the western al-Andalus

A closer look at the walls of Silves - Shilb (Arabic name for Silves) was one of the most important towns in the western al-Andalus

Silves is great showpiece of the powerful Moorish settlement which existed here

Silves is great showpiece of the powerful Moorish settlement which existed here

A small car parked at the Rua 25 de Abril, next to the Town Hall Square

A small car parked at the Rua 25 de Abril, next to the Town Hall Square

A section of the city walls, this part lies behind the Municipal Museum of Archeology

A section of the city walls, this part lies behind the Municipal Museum of Archeology

A stork nest above the Turret of the City Gate (Torreão da Porta da Cidade)

A stork nest above the Turret of the City Gate (Torreão da Porta da Cidade)

Another stork nest at the top of a chimney

Another stork nest at the top of a chimney

A closer look at the nest, this building is situated at Rua do Moinho da Porta

A closer look at the nest, this building is situated at Rua do Moinho da Porta

Beautiful tiles at the exterior of a house

Beautiful tiles at the exterior of a house

Cruz de Portugal is located at a roundabout, opposite Cemitério Municipal de Silves

Cruz de Portugal is located at a roundabout, opposite Cemitério Municipal de Silves

The Cross of Portugal is an impressive sight, standing at 3m tall and made out of limestone

The Cross of Portugal is an impressive sight, standing at 3m tall and made out of limestone

Recognised as one of the most beautiful crosses in Portugal, Cruz de Portugal has a representation of the crucifixion on one side, and on the other the Mater Dolorosa

Recognised as one of the most beautiful crosses in Portugal, Cruz de Portugal has a representation of the crucifixion on one side, and on the other the Mater Dolorosa

It is believed to be 15th century or beginning of the 16th century - the base dates from 1824

It is believed to be 15th century or beginning of the 16th century - the base dates from 1824

Main gate of the Silves Cemetery at Rua do Cemitério

Main gate of the Silves Cemetery at Rua do Cemitério

From the entrance gate, a path goes inside the cemetery

From the entrance gate, a path goes inside the cemetery

Well maintained graves inside the Cemitério Municipal de Silves

Well maintained graves inside the Cemitério Municipal de Silves

A wooden sign pointing towards the city's most famous monument, the Castle of Silves

A wooden sign pointing towards the city's most famous monument, the Castle of Silves

Two storks are resting in their nest beside a ruined building

Two storks are resting in their nest beside a ruined building

Silves was an important city during the Muslim era the river was significantly wider, allowing boats to navigate

Silves was an important city during the Muslim era the river was significantly wider, allowing boats to navigate

Paio Peres Correia, Grand-Master of the Order of Santiago took Silves from the Muslims in 1242

Paio Peres Correia, Grand-Master of the Order of Santiago took Silves from the Muslims in 1242

Front door of a house, close to the Castle of Silves

Front door of a house, close to the Castle of Silves

One of the towers seen behind the roof of a house

One of the towers seen behind the roof of a house

Old walls of Silves at Rua do Mirante

Old walls of Silves at Rua do Mirante

Carpets are spread out at the city walls for drying, I have seen these carpets being washed earlier

Carpets are spread out at the city walls for drying, I have seen these carpets being washed earlier

Steps leading to the lower parts of the city

Steps leading to the lower parts of the city

A smaller channel of the River Arade, surrounded by the vegetation

A smaller channel of the River Arade, surrounded by the vegetation

Silves seen from the pool of the hotel at the dusk

Silves seen from the pool of the hotel at the dusk

A breathtaking view of the Silves town seen from N269-1

A breathtaking view of the Silves town seen from N269-1

Interior of the hotel I was staying in, it was designed on Muslim architecture

Interior of the hotel I was staying in, it was designed on Muslim architecture

Vaulted arches and oriental lamps rekindle old memories of the Muslim rule in the Iberian Peninsula

Vaulted arches and oriental lamps rekindle old memories of the Muslim rule in the Iberian Peninsula

I was told that this hotel was once a restaurant but later building was turned into a hotel

I was told that this hotel was once a restaurant but later building was turned into a hotel

Make no mistake, the name of the room is Al-Andalus Living Room

Make no mistake, the name of the room is Al-Andalus Living Room

Corridors of the hotel were decorated with many items which remind us the great cultural influence had left here by the Muslims

Corridors of the hotel were decorated with many items which remind us the great cultural influence had left here by the Muslims

Looking out from the balcony of my hotel room

Looking out from the balcony of my hotel room

View of the castle from the hotel

View of the castle from the hotel

Zaighum Abbas Ranjha - Silves, Portugal

Zaighum Abbas Ranjha - Silves, Portugal

N124 beside the River Arade, the city of Silves rises above it on agentle slope

N124 beside the River Arade, the city of Silves rises above it on agentle slope

A view of the surrounding hills in Silves

A view of the surrounding hills in Silves

A panoramic view of the Silves city - the fortunes of Silves have been closely tied to the river and city prospered

A panoramic view of the Silves city - the fortunes of Silves have been closely tied to the river and city prospered

As the river silted up the prosperity of Silves dwindled and the town was reduced to a population of less than 500 people

As the river silted up the prosperity of Silves dwindled and the town was reduced to a population of less than 500 people

City of Silves seen from the breakfast room, through a window

City of Silves seen from the breakfast room, through a window