Silves medieval fair attracts 132,000

As Castro Marim gears up for its own medieval celebration next week, Silves council has announced that 132,000 people visited the town’s medieval fair, which took place between August 7 and 16.

The fair, which the council says continues to establish itself as “one of the Algarve’s most important summer events”, saw the town’s streets line up with 238 craftsmen, merchants and food stalls.

While visitors made their way through the medieval-themed streets, around 22 groups provided entertainment with musical and theatre performances, battle reenactments and poetry readings.

Given the continued success of the fair, the local council has already confirmed that it will return for its 13th edition in 2016 between August 5 and 14.

Meantime, Castro Marim is preparing for its traditional ‘Medieval Days’, which begin next Wednesday (August 26) and will run until Sunday (August 30).

Being held as a five-day event for the first time, the fair will take place in the town as well as the local castle.

Tickets will cost €2 for those who visit only the town section of the fair, which will feature craftsmen and merchants selling a variety of medieval-style goods.

However, the bulk of the entertainment will take place in the castle, where an exhibition with instruments of torture, gastronomic showcases and musical performances will be held.

Entering the castle costs €6, although Castro Marim residents can enter for free as long as they pick up their tickets at the Gabinete de Apoio ao Munícipe.

Visitors can also enjoy a medieval banquet, which is €30 and must be reserved beforehand – 281 510 740