Mira Rio Levadas and Silves Walk.
A pleasant circular walk to try at Silves in The Algarve.
This is a really enjouable 8 kilometre or so walk which visits Silves Old Town Castle, then continues alongside levadas before returning via forest tracks.
Silves is a busy, medium size town which is well worth visiting just for a look round (there is a nice Roman bridge which crosses the river and also a fine castle) - under normal circumstances the town has loads of parking available.
From the south cross the bridge into Silves then turn left onto the 124 road at the traffic lights - the main car parks are located a little way along on the left.
Note when we last visited Silves the entire car park was cordoned off for repairs so we had to park on the road side but probably all is available again now.
(Incidentally the variety of dogs seen in some of the photos are not our dogs - 4 of them just joined us for the walk).
Start the walk by making your way through the town and go via the high arch gateway of the tower then head steeply uphill to the Cathedral.
Continue straight ahead passing the Cathedral to reach an area where there are some shops and a cafe, turn right and work your way on round the Cathedral and then turn left at the next road junction. This road goes downhill soon passing a picnic area on
the right and the castle can be seen high above you on the left. Ignore a junction on the right and continue down to a main road junction.