Silves turns orange this month

Silves is in the final stages of preparing its fourth ‘Mostra Silves Capital da Laranja’, an event that will showcase the town’s famous oranges between Friday, February 14 and Sunday, February 16 at the Fissul building.

The fair will feature dozens of exhibitors, including local orange producers, winemakers, craftspeople and many others.

Regional food and sweets will also be taking centre stage, with stalls selling all kinds of traditional Algarvian goodies.

Also returning is an ‘Orange Cocktail Festival’ which will see some of the region’s top barmen using oranges to create mouthwatering cocktails as well as the ‘Marcha dos Namorados’, a Valentine’s Day walk-run event.

Last but not least, there will be live music performances by Rita Guerra (February 14), Ana Moura (15) and De Moda em Moda (16).

Silves has been making working tirelessly to promote the town’s oranges in recent years.

This Friday, the town will be officially unveiling to the press its new tourist route called ‘Rota da Laranja de Silves’, which aims to showcase the borough’s delicious oranges while at the same time promoting the municipality as a welcoming and attractive destination for tourists.

“This isn’t just another route,” Rosa Palma told Barlavento newspaper. It aims to promote the borough’s identity, heritage and the hospitality of its people.

In other words, she hopes it will “showcase the best of what we have to offer”.

There will be many activities to enjoy along the route although the emphasis will be on orange harvesting.

“We have partnerships with local producers who are willing to welcome visitors to their orchards and show them how to pick oranges. People will also learn about the different varieties. Essentially, we want this route to enrich people through culture and gastronomy,” said Rosa Palma.