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  • Silves, Caldas and Monchique Wine Tasting: Full Day Tour

    1. Silves, Caldas and Monchique Wine Tasting: Full Day Tour

    After being collected from your hotel, you will head towards the historic village of Silves, where you will discover in detail the Algarve village. The castle is a must-see, and you will be able to explore this fantastic monument in detail. The tour then continues with the Silves Cathedral, as well as the Archeology Museum of Silves, a unique place full of historical pieces that tell the history of the region. Following this you will stop for a wine tasting, where you will taste some of the wines local to the region. You will then go down and walk along the river Arade, before taking a break for lunch. In the afternoon you will head up to the mountains, where Monchique is waiting for you. Before reaching Monchique you will stop at the Thermal Spa of Caldas de Monchique, a very picturesque place full of history and an unparalleled natural beauty. Here you will see some of the well-known ...

    The tour was awesome! The castle in Silves was beautiful and our guide António really gave us interesting information. The visit to the thermal springs in Monchique was a nice stop on the way to the top of the mountain. The guide is very well informed about the local flora and fauna. The winery was beautiful and the wine tasted very good after such a day. The transport in Antónios van is very comfortabele. He also tells about the surroundings and has a lot of knowledge about the places you're visiting. We enjoyed it so much that we booked another tour with him two days later. I can only recommend this tour and our guide!

  • Portimão: Arade River and Silves History Tour

    2. Portimão: Arade River and Silves History Tour

    Come and explore the beautiful Arade River and experience a journey between between Portimão and Silves which is full of history. You will have about 1.5 hours to visit this wonderful medieval city, which contains numerous monuments, a castle, a museum, and excellent gastronomy. Throughout your tour, you will enjoy an unforgettable and unique experience aboard a solar-powered boat. You will travel on a boat so silent that all you will be able to hear yourself glide though the water, as well as hear the sounds of the waves hitting the shore. Combining comfort and fun, this tour is great for couples, families, and groups. Capacity has been reduced by 30% to ensure all guests' safety during the trip. The Arade River has forever been of great importance in connecting Silves (the Islamic capital of the Algarve between the 8th and 13th centuries) to the sea. For centuries, t...

    Fantastic trip! Beautiful nature, calm and quiet because of the electric boat, really wonderful!

  • From Portimão: Rio Arade Boat Tour

    3. From Portimão: Rio Arade Boat Tour

    Start your boat tour at the pier near the ruins of the Old Convent of São Francisco. Feel the history of this beautiful river, the second largest in the Algarve, as it takes you back in time past stunning medieval towns. Sail through the calm waters of the river to the beautiful medieval city of Silves. Make your way down the river to the fishing village of Ferragudo and to the Castle of São João do Arade, passing by the famous Marina of Portimão. Then, ascend the river, passing by the Museum of Portimão, the former Canning Fish Factory. Sail along the Riverside Zone of Portimão, passing by the best and most famous sardine restaurants.

  • Algarve: Full-Day Boat and Jeep Tour

    4. Algarve: Full-Day Boat and Jeep Tour

    Explore the Algarve region and the Arade River on an exciting full-day tour with expert guides. Ride along in a convoy of jeeps as you climb hills and rush down dales, crossing streams and meadows along the way. Learn from your guide about the flora and fauna of the region, as well as the traditions of the locals. See how honey and the local spirit medronho are made. Then tuck into a traditional lunch at a typical restaurant. Enjoy a relaxing cruise along the River Arade in the afternoon, and enjoy the lush scenery as you sail along. Disembark on a golden beach and take a refreshing dip if you please.

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What people are saying about Arade River

Overall rating

4.9 / 5

based on 57 reviews

The trip with the solar boat to Silves was wonderfully relaxed and just quiet - so we had the chance to experience nature. In addition, there was the unpredictable situation that we were the only guests on board and so the whole thing had the character of a "private tour"; with a very personable guide who told us a lot about the country and its people, which is not written in any travel guide. And in addition to well-chilled water, there was also a glass of good Portuguese white wine on board :-)

Nice excursion on the Rio Arade in a very pleasant quiet boat. Interesting stories about the area and the population, with a perfect mix (not too much so that you could enjoy the environment and not too little that it never got boring). Very pleasant atmosphere on the boat.

Fantastic trip! Beautiful nature, calm and quiet because of the electric boat, really wonderful!

Very nice walk, natural, peaceful, relax. excellent guide

Excellent experience! Friendliness and professionalism