It is almost time for another edition of the Feira Medieval de Silves (medieval fair), one of the Algarve’s biggest summer events.
The event will take place between Friday, August 9 and Sunday, August 18 and is once again promising to attract thousands of people to the historic town.
This year, the fair will reveal a part of the town’s history that many “may not know about” – its relationship with Vikings who threatened the town in the ninth century. In a bid to broker peace, an “astute diplomat and poet” known as Al-Gazali left Silves and travelled to the north of Europe in the distant year of 844.
The details of this part of the town’s history will be explored during the course of the event.
“Telling this whole story is already a novelty, but we will also have more entertainment and surprises in this fantastic setting, which is perfect for this event and which contributes to the prestigue that it has gained throughout these last years in the Algarve, Portugal and even Europe,” Mayor Rosa Palma told the Resident in May.
Anyone who was been to the fair knows about the amazing medieval battle re-enactments, musical performances and poetry readings that have become unmissable parts of the event.
As always, there will also be merchants and craftsmen selling a variety of goods and recreating the atmosphere of the town’s medieval days. Food-lovers will also have a lot to look forward to as there will be an assortment of medieval meals and drinks at the many medieval taverns set up along the town’s streets.
Daily tickets for the fair cost €2 (without a medieval fair mug) or €3 (with a mug) while a bracelet granting access to the whole event is available for €4 before August 8 and €5 after.
To really get into the spirit of the event, visitors can also rent medieval costumes for €2 (children) and €3 (adults).