Silves Odissey Village aims to become the first senior village in the south of Portugal developed to the specific needs and requirements of the 50+ market. Aspects such as single floor living, appropriate infrastructure and facilities, domotics, and energy efficient accommodation, will all form part of the project’s philosophy. In addition to these differentiators, the project will be the first bespoke senior living development to be operated on a rental basis.
With the planned service offerings, including food & beverage, activities and some element of medical services that will scale according to need, Silves Odissey Village aims to become the preferred choice for those who wish to retire permanently to Portugal, while maintaining capital investment costs down. A strictly rental model will ensure long-term affordability and flexibility, and allow the solution, including the choice of accommodation options and services, to adjust to the needs of residents, regardless of the phase of retirement at which they find themselves.
Because Silves Odissey Village recognises that the development time frames of its village may not coincide with the more immediate requirements of those wishing to establish a permanent home in Portugal, we have partnered with Algarve Senior Living village - www.algarveseniorliving.com – whose vision and range of service offerings are aligned with ours. Algarve Senior Living villages offer many of the options which will be available at Silves Odissey Village on a smaller scale and within existing developments. Aimed at long (winter) stays or permanent residencies, guests and residents at any Algarve Senior Living village will have priority of occupation and choice when Silves Odissey Village is completed.
Silves Odissey Village will be developed on a 60 hectares (150 acre) parcel of land in the beautiful Silves region of the Algarve, Portugal.
The project will be divided into distinct zones, each of which aimed to derive maximum benefit and function from the surrounding topology, views and vegetation.
Significant effort will be placed on preserving the local trees, including the original location.
Silves Odissey Village will cater for an independent living lifestyle, with active seniors expected to make up the majority of residents.
Over time, and as a result of an ageing resident population whose needs will change over time, future phases may include a care home.
Our gallery will, over time, allow all those interested in the project to follow the Silves Odissey Village progress. Until then, we invite you to feast your eyes on the wonderful landscapes, colours and sights of the wonderful terrain, and to sample the sights of Silves (see the About Silves section).
With tennis courts, indoor and outdoor pools, a gymnasium, and plenty of walking trails and purpose built walking paths, and minutes from the Silves golf course, the emphasis is on healthy living. A variety of related activities such as yoga, Tai-chi.
In keeping with the strong cultural and historical roots of the Silves region, Silves Odissey Village will offer the following cultural activities:
With a planned open air Roman-style amphitheatre, jazz and classical music concerts and other suitable entertainment will be held on a regular basis.
Occupying a privileged space in the large, reconstructed ruin, the space will play host to both local and international artists and pieces. The space will aim to encourage participation from local artists, some of which will need exposure, and to provide an environment for engaging with the Arts.
Also planned to be located in the reconverted ruin, the restaurant will have as its cornerstone objective the showcasing of local flavours, providing if possible a regular interactive experience and wine tasting opportunities.
Despite not currently occupied, the project has made available the land for use by local farmers. A shepherd uses part of the land for grazing, ensuring that cyclical planting of grass and fertilisation occurs. A beekeeper keeps two hives in different locations of the land.
Even before the village is built, there is activity on the land. A naturally fertile soil means that over 4,000 olive, carob and almond trees produce an annual harvest that is used for preparing olives, making olive oil, selling to local carob processing factories which grind the fruit into a fine powder used in regional cooking, or decorating regional.
Tasty, plump wild asparagus is harvested annually. All produce grown on the land is free from any preservatives, poisons or the like.
Although not grown on site except in small quantities, the property is surrounded by lush citrus plantations which ensure a regular supply of oranges, lemons, tangerines, clementines and the like, from the local community. The presence of the country’s largest citrus exporting facility will allow a direct supply of fresh orange juice to be obtained, for those who do not wish to pick, buy and squeeze their own.
The village will operate its own vineyard, of approximately 5 hectares. Soil analyses have been conducted and the project is working with an experienced oenologist to define the ideal location, different grape varieties, and method of irrigation.
Residents will have access to a small agricultural (vegetable) patch, for resident use and benefit.
Silves, nestled in verdant valleys surrounded by the country’s largest citrus-growing area, and on the banks of the Arade River, which is navigable to where it meets the sea at Portimão, offers a warm microclimate, and visitors here will feel comfortable all year round (and perhaps just a little flustered when temperatures soar in the summer!).
Silves’s undulating hills, which are located inland, are located in the region known as the barrocal (pronounced “buh-rroh-kaal”), made up mainly of indigenous bush and scrubland, interspersed mainly with the triad of regional trees: olive, carob and fig.
The barrocal and its centennial fauna contrasts with the expanse of white sandy beach of its only coastal town, Armação de Pêra.
The Algarve, located at Europe's westernmost tip, has an area of 4,996Km2 and a resident population of 450 993 inhabitants. It has an average population density of roughly 90.3 inhabitants per Km² and an entirely Atlantic coastline that measures roughly 100 miles in length. Silves’s population density is 54 inhabitants per square kilometer, with its 37,000 inhabitants scattered over an area of 680 km² (the largest municipality by area).
The region is geographically subdivided into three main areas, each of which contains some extraordinarily beautiful landscapes:
* Source: www.visitalgarve.pt
Silves is a municipality steeped in history. The presence of man during the Paleolithic period is confirmed by one archaeological site. The municipality was inhabited during the Neolithic period and the Bronze and Iron Ages, a fact borne out by numerous archaeological finds. Impressive megalithic monuments - menhirs - carved out of the region's red sandstone and of limestone, are scattered across the municipality.
The Arade River has been the route to the interior favored by the vessels of the Mediterranean peoples - Phoenicians, Greeks and Carthaginians - who were drawn to the region by the copper and iron mined in the western Algarve. This much is evident from the archaeological site at Cerro da Rocha Branca - unfortunately destroyed - about half a mile away from Silves, which was inhabited from the end of The Bronze Age onwards. In the 4th century B.C., Silves boasted a strong defensive wall. In the ensuing centuries both the Romans and the Moors occupied it.
Silves owes its existence to the navigability of the Arade River and to its strategic position atop a hill that dominates a broad swathe of countryside. It was possibly founded during the period of Roman rule, but it was with the Moorish invasion that began around 714-716 that Silves became a prosperous city. By the 11th century, it was the capital of the Algarve and according to some authors surpassed Lisbon in size and importance. At this time Silves was also a center of culture, home to poets, chroniclers and lawmakers.
The religious and political tremors that rocked the Moslem world in the 11th and 12th centuries were felt in Silves too, where they manifested themselves in clashes between rival factions and frequent changes of ruler. King Sancho I took advantage of this internal division to lay siege to the city in 1189. His army was aided by crusaders from Northern Europe who were on their way to the Holy Land.
The fight for Silves was long and cruel and, according to chronicles of the time, many of its inhabitants perished, killed by hunger and thirst or slaughtered when the crusaders sacked the town. Portuguese rule was short-lived and in 1191 the city was recaptured by the Moors.
Despite having lost many of its inhabitants and much of its wealth, Silves was elevated to the status of Episcopal see and headquarters of the military government after the definitive conquest of the city in the context of the Christian occupation of the Algarve - 1242 to 1249 - which was concluded in the reign of King Afonso lll.
The centuries that followed were a difficult time for Silves. With the severance of its former links with North Africa and the gradual silting up of the river, it found itself side-lined from the lucrative maritime trade. Consequently, its economic, political and military influence dwindled, while places like Lagos, Portimão and Faro grew in importance. Natural catastrophes like the plague, earthquakes and fevers caused by the swamp that formed where the Arade had once flowed also contributed to the town's decline.
The coup de grace came in after the Episcopal order in 1534 allowing the transfer of the Episcopal see to Faro. Silves was never to recover its past splendor and for almost three centuries it was a city inhabited by only a few remaining citizens.
In the second half of the 19th century dried fruit and, above all, cork, breathed new life into the city, which became one of the main processing centers for those products. Today Silves has Europe’s only cork museum as testament to the importance of that product to its economy. It is orange farming that today makes Silves the most important citrus producing region in Portugal. Due to its central location, Silves also plays an important role in the national transport infrastructure, with Tunes the main rail entry and exit point from the Algarve province, and the A2 and A22 highways, the most important routes within and from the Algarve, passing through the municipality.
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