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.
Go left and then shortly go right onto a track which goes alongside an orange grove - there used to be a wetland area on the right but this seems to have disappeared under tarmac and concrete. The track becomes concrete as it climbs up by some houses and then reaches the wide levada by a small footbridge. Cross the bridge and turn right along the levada's path for a few metres then turn left on a small path heading towards some houses. On reaching a narrow road go left and then shortly afterwards go right on a tarmac road - the windmill at Encherim now comes into view perched on top of a hill.On reaching the aquaduct turn sharp left and at the next road junction turn right - follow this along then take a narrow road on the right - this climbs and then when you come to some houses take a track on the left. This track climbs very steeply to the clearly visible windmill. (note it is possible this windmill is now privately owned since it appeared that it was being renovated and presumably will/has becomes someone's house.)
The track climbs and as it bends at yet another track junction go sharp right- the track winds it's way down into a valley and then reaches a wide track junction. Go sharp left and continue on down through the valley - the area is full of trees including eucalyptus - simply stay on the main track ignoring a track on the left at a bend - until you reach a major T-junction. Turn left onto the wide dirt road and then as it reaches houses it becomes tarmac.
Continue straight ahead passing several houses then just as you reach a huge palm tree on the left go left on a narrow walkway up steps to reach a tarmac road. Go left then shortly look for a path on the right which takes you up to the levada. Cross the somewhat smelly levada then turn left and follow it all the way back to the bridge crossed earlier. Turn right and re-trace your steps back into the centre of Silves. On reaching the church go round the back of it by the small cafe where you will find the entrance to the castle - which is well worth visiting.
There is a small entrance fee and you may well find workmen restoring parts of the inside area but there are things to see and excellent views all round Silves.
Almost immediately after leaving the tarmac area/yard there is a rough narrow path which cuts off diagonally down the bank on scree to the levada - cross over and then go left walking away from the restaurant. It is up to you how far you want to walk - as mentioned it is possible to go all the way back to Silves if you wish. The levada wanders around as it follows the course of the river which is on the right. Above and below are a few photographs we took around this area which we hope are of interest.
On your return and before climbing back up the bank to the car park perhaps stay on the levada path and continue on past the Mira Rio restaurant and just a little way along you can see where the levada crosses the river.