Silves Medieval Fair 2016 in pictures

The town of Silves was once more transformed into a Medieval Wonderland for ten days and we were there to take some shots for you all to enjoy again this year…

Silves Medieval Fair 2016 Algarve Blog

Many of you will know that this is one of the highlights of the Algarve calendar for us each year, and this year Dave’s camera was busy again shooting the sights and people of the event for you to enjoy.

Silves Medieval Fair 2016 Algarve Blog

This year was promised to be ‘even bigger and better than ever’ with a different group of actors taking the main stage, this year’s group was called Tent_Art – although we recognised quite a few familiar faces from previous years too … and lots of new groups and acts too:

Silves Medieval Fair 2016 Algarve Blog

It’s always lovely to have the actors and crews come bounding up to us to say hello and have their picture taken – it’s quite a tradition for us now!

Silves Medieval Fair 2016 Algarve Blog

There were also some surprises – like the camels marching up and down the streets!

Silves Medieval Fair 2016 Algarve Blog

And the acrobats!

Silves Medieval Fair 2016 Algarve Blog

Alongside some old friends like Denise and her fabulous belly dancers:

Silves Medieval Fair 2016 Algarve Blog

And music by Cornalusa alongside several other excellent musicians and bands:

Silves Medieval Fair 2016 Algarve Blog

This young man ensured that we were well-fed during the event ..

Silves Medieval Fair 2016 Algarve Blog

With his roof-tile packed with BBQ meat and espetadas!

Silves Medieval Fair 2016 Algarve Blog

The streets were full of stalls selling all sorts of goodies as always:

Silves Medieval Fair 2016 Algarve Blog

The smells and colours are always fabulous:

Silves Medieval Fair 2016 Algarve Blog

This year lots of the stalls were also arranged down in the Praça Al Mouhatamid Ibn Abbad gardens at the lower end of town, adding to the overall area the event covers (it already takes 2-3 hours to wander around it all the first time – especially with all those hills!

It’s worth it though to be able to capture shots like this:

Silves Medieval Fair 2016 Algarve Blog

and this

Silves Medieval Fair 2016 Algarve Blog

and this!

Silves Medieval Fair 2016 Algarve Blog

The main events like the horse tournament were there as well:

Silves Medieval Fair 2016 Algarve Blog

Apparently they sold out some nights by 7.30pm for the tickets to the main events  – and with tickets only costing 5€ which included your entry fee for the night, it’s easy to see why.

Silves Medieval Fair 2016 Algarve Blog

There’s always chance for some great close-up shots here as well:

Silves Medieval Fair 2016 Algarve Blog

It’s often catching moments that make the event so special for us, being able to wander around and chat to the actors and see things unfold in front of us – you always have to have your camera ready!

Silves Medieval Fair 2016 Algarve Blog

Once the light drops the town gets much busier, it has such a great atmosphere with families and children of all ages enjoying the event which winds itself around the whole town:

Silves Medieval Fair 2016 Algarve Blog

It just wouldn’t be Silves with our dear friend Sergio Silva from Natutrab to ensure everything feels authentically Medieval!

Silves Medieval Fair 2016 Algarve Blog

And then time for one more hauntingly beautiful shot of the town as we leave for the evening .. we’ll be back next year and as soon as we know the dates we’ll let you know!

Silves Medieval Fair 2016 Algarve Blog

You might also enjoy our post from last year’s event:

Silves Medieval Fair 2015

And we’ve included a nice large gallery of images below from this year for you to enjoy as well – we are always happy to share these with you – and if you spot yourself in any of the shots and would like a high-res version of the image – please just ask! (as always – no charge!)

Enjoy!

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8 Responses to Silves Medieval Fair 2016 in pictures

  1. Yayeri says:

    Amazing pictures!!!!!!! It was such a great event, wasn’t it? Shame we didn’t manage to meet up. Hope you both are doing well.

    I’ll make sure to send you a link to the September issue on the 31st of August (probably very late night), in which the Expat Story about you guys is – would be lovely if you could somehow incorporate it into your newsletter!

    XXX

  2. Maryanne Sea says:

    These photos are stunning, but that does not surprise me!

  3. restlessjo says:

    Was it hot! hot! hot, Aly? 🙂 Temperatures were fierce when we were there for Mick’s birthday in July. I love these events though. The atmosphere is wonderful. We more often catch the one at Castro Marim and there’s a much smaller one at Cacela Velha wich is quite special. We just missed it this year 😦

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