August marks the return of Silves Medieval Fair, h...

August marks the return of Silves Medieval Fair, highlighting city’s Moorish past

Silves Medieval Fair

Photo: Silves Municipality

This year’s theme of Silves’ most anticipated fair will be “The Mosque, Symbol and Power”

Silves’ Medieval Fair returns for its 18th edition between August 10 and 20.

Over the course of 11 days, the city once known as Xilb (Silves) will be transformed into a Moorish-style city.

The central theme of the fair will be “The MosqueSymbol and Power” highlighting the history of its mosque, built and consecrated as a place of worship and symbol of the Islamicization of a territory that became one of the biggest political and cultural centers of Gharb al-Andalus.

Celebrations will be accompanied by the sounds of music and Oriental dances.

During the Medieval Fair, the mystical atmosphere will begin each evening with the Medieval Parade, in which participants dress in period costumes and march through Medina and Arrabaldes.

At 8pm and 10.30pm at Al-Mut’amid Square, the rebel Yahyâ Ibn Bakr Ibn Zadlaf will face off against the Umayyad army during the War Games.

Silves Castle will host Oriental Nights at 10.30pm, featuring dazzling music, dance, and fire displays.

The event will feature more than a hundred exhibitors, including artisans, confectioners, mystics, and merchants. The festival will also feature historical entertainment, gastronomy, and shows.

The fair will be open between 6pm and 1am, with daily tickets costing €2 per person. Group tickets (5 persons) cost €8, and children under 9 years old or 130 cm (inclusive) are free of charge for online sales.

Oriental Nights Show (Noites do Oriente) cost €5 per person, War Games (Jogos de Guerra) cost €5 per person, and Daily Ticket plus Oriental Nights and War Games combined are €6 per person.

Visitors can also purchase a free transit bracelet (in pre-sale until August 9), for €4, or at the event, for €5. Medieval clothing costs €3 for adults and €2 for children.

Tickets purchased online must be presented at one of the event’s ticket offices and exchanged for a physical ticket.

Article originally published by Alexandra Stillwell on Portugal Resident.


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