2014 has been hailed a “successful” one for Silves castle, which registered around 10,000 more visitors than the year before.
According to the local council, the century-old castle was visited by a total of 204,864 people.
The local authority believes this 5% visitor increase led to “an important increase in restaurant and hotel activity in Silves”.
The news comes weeks after the regional culture board (DRCA) announced that the four monuments that it manages – Sagres Fortress, the Chapel of Nossa Senhora de Guadalupe, the Megalithic Monuments of Alcalar and the Roman ruins of Milreu – registered a 5.1% increase in visitor numbers in 2014.
Silves castle is open every day of the year (except Christmas and New Year’s Day) from 9am to 5.30pm and is currently running an exhibition on the Iberian Lynx.