The Silves Medieval Fair
Knights and kings and queens and the music of troubadours from lutes filling the cobblestone streets: will you be there for The Silves Medieval Fair?
If it’s August, we are getting ready to celebrate an awesome event in the Algarve: this year’s edition of the Silves Medieval Festival, which has been scheduled to take place between the 9th and 18th of August.
For years, the incredibly romantic and beautiful town of Silves has welcomed guests from all over the world eager to turn back time and return to the glorious and rose scented years of troubadours and medieval tales of arms and courtly love.
Fun fact: Silves actually used to be the capital city of the Algarve during the Arab occupation. Those were really exciting times for the town and marked its glory days. So to mark those golden ages, the municipality figured it would be nice to create a festival to recreate those times and give everyone a good time as well as a sense of what life during those days would have been like.
To give you an idea of what is in store for the nine days of fair, think of the following: there will be jousting tournaments, contests of costumes as well as processions of medieval characters ready to exhibit their attire and describe their personas, artisans and masters ready to sell their craft, but above all, there will be a “live” history lesson to be shared by all and entertaining to learn by all people young or old.
Plus Silves is a great place to visit. With its antique architectural style, cobblestone winding narrow alleys and streets and the dramatic old town center, this is truly a fairytale place.
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