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…
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.
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:
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!
There were also some surprises – like the camels marching up and down the streets!
And the acrobats!
Alongside some old friends like Denise and her fabulous belly dancers:
And music by Cornalusa alongside several other excellent musicians and bands:
This young man ensured that we were well-fed during the event ..
With his roof-tile packed with BBQ meat and espetadas!
The streets were full of stalls selling all sorts of goodies as always:
The smells and colours are always fabulous:
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:
The main events like the horse tournament were there as well:
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.
There’s always chance for some great close-up shots here as well:
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!
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:
It just wouldn’t be Silves with our dear friend Sergio Silva from Natutrab to ensure everything feels authentically Medieval!
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!
You might also enjoy our post from last year’s event:
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!)