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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!

  • From Lagos: Small-Group 4-Hour Wine Tasting Tour

    2. From Lagos: Small-Group 4-Hour Wine Tasting Tour

    Enjoy a relaxing wine tasting experience and discover a rich diversity of high-quality wines from a local winery on a 4-hour small-group tour aboard a minivan. Discover three amazing local wines accompanied by a plate of tapas with cheese and sausages. Visit the winery's production room and wooden barrel room to see where the magic takes place. You will then return to Lagos via the region's stunning countryside, to stop and see the famous Algarve oranges, ancient Cork trees, and some of the oldest villages of the region. Enjoy some free time to visit the ancient Moorish village of Silves, and walk along its cobbled streets making your way up to its castle before you head back to your accommodation in Lagos.

  • From Portimão: Boat River Cruise to Silves Medieval City

    3. From Portimão: Boat River Cruise to Silves Medieval City

    Enjoy a spectacular and relaxing boat trip up the Arade River, with no waves, during which you can observe various types of birds and animals - such as storks, herons, flamingoes, and turtles. Arriving in Silves, you can take a walk and visit the medieval town of Silves. This city is where the kings of Portugal would spend their holidays in the summer, in its imposing castle. Explore its wonderful churches and medieval streets. You can also enjoy a visit to the market and shops, or simply sit in one of the many esplanades or seafood restaurants, and have a drink or savor some food.

    Had a great time. Our guide, Dimitri was very knowledgeable and great fun, very enjoyable.

  • Algarve: Full-Day Guided Sightseeing Tour with Lunch

    4. Algarve: Full-Day Guided Sightseeing Tour with Lunch

    Visit some of the most fascinating and picturesque locations in the Algarve on this full-day guided tour. Explore off-the-beaten-track gems giving you an in-depth view of Portugal’s past and present. Travel to the town of Silves, in Moorish times the capital of the Algarve. Here, visit the Moorish castle and admire magnificent views of the surrounding countryside. Continue to the impressive cathedral and explore the narrow streets and alleys. Next, head up to the Monchique mountain and admire the scenic hillsides and eucalyptus groves. Arrive at the charming village of Caldas de Monchique, with springs famous for their healing properties. From here, follow the winding road to the highest point in the Algarve – Fóia – standing at 902m above sea level. Take in the dramatic views and capture spectacular photos. Next, make a stop in the small village of Marmelete and enjoy a traditional ...

  • From Albufeira: Wine Tasting Tour and Silves Visit

    5. From Albufeira: Wine Tasting Tour and Silves Visit

    The day begins with pickup from your hotel in Albufeira and heads out into the rolling countryside of the Algarve. Soak up stunning views of the green landscapes that surround you as you make your way to two family-owned wineries. At each winery, learn about the wine making process from grape to glass and taste a selection of fine Portuguese wines. Afterwards, visit the charming town of Silves, boasting picturesque cobblestone streets and an impressive red brick castle. Spend some free time exploring on your own, learn about the rich-history of this Medieval town, and get a sense of Silves' culture as you mingle with the locals. At the end of an unforgettable day, sit back and relax on the return journey to your hotel.

  • Albufeira: Silves Castle and Old Town with Chapel of Bones

    6. Albufeira: Silves Castle and Old Town with Chapel of Bones

    Following pickup from your Albufeira accommodation, begin a day out enjoying the medieval Silves Castle. As well as the castle itself, take in the statue of King D. Sancho I at the castle's entrance. This statue dates back to the time of the Christian Reconquest of the Iberian Peninsula, the Portuguese monarch D. Sancho. Following the castle, visit the cathedral of Silves before taking the opportunity to explore the old city, making the descent through the old and tight streets. There you can admire the many local stores, small shops, and cafes, which have decades of history behind them. As you make you way back near the river in Silves, make a short stop to the Chapel of Bones in Alcantarilha. Once having arrived back in Albufeira, your friendly guide returns you to your accommodation where your tour concludes.

  • Algarve Wine Experience at a Private Estate

    7. Algarve Wine Experience at a Private Estate

    Vines love Portugal's southernmost region for the same reason the tourists do - it's never too hot, never too cold, and they can be sure to enjoy more than 3,000 hours of sunshine every year. Your wine experience first takes you to Lagos and on a small cultural tour of the city. Learn about this ancient place of famous seafarers and visit places like the Fish Market, the old fort, St. Anthony’s church, and more. Go off the beaten track as you walk through small hidden streets with their traditional cobblestone art. See where locals live and have your first taste of local wine as you feel the city’s vibe. After a short drive, you will arrive at a gorgeous family estate, home to one of the only fully organic wineries in the region. Here, your guide will take you on a journey of the wine, the winemaking history in the Algarve, the local grape varieties, and the estate's vision for natural...

    Maria was lovely, with a wealth of historical and viticultural knowledge! Lunch was simple Portuguese food but ver delicious! Wine pairing was fabulous.

  • Portimão & Carvoeiro: Algarve Heritage Tour in VW T2 Van

    8. Portimão & Carvoeiro: Algarve Heritage Tour in VW T2 Van

    After being picked up from your accommodation you will board the charismatic Volkswagen T2 for a 4-hour heritage tour. See the Algarve in a unique way on a trip unlike most other tours. Your trip will be punctuated with a lot of history and local knowledge with will be plenty of time to explore the beauty of the places you will visit.   On a private tour with just your group or as part of a public tour open to others, begin by walking through the old streets of the old fishing village of Ferragudo. Absorb the architecture of this 500-year-old town before heading towards one of two lighthouses: Alfanzina, or Ponta do Altar where you will have a guided visit to the top of the lighthouse. Next, proceed to the Silves Municipal Archaeological Museum, built over an 18-meter deep, 4-meter wide well that dates from the Almohad establishment of the city in the 11th century. Lastly, take a smal...

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What people are saying about Castle of Silves

Overall rating

4.9 / 5

based on 154 reviews

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!

Booking and payment via the app was very easy. We also liked the memories of the tours. Our driver was Vasco, happy and in a good mood he entertained us very well the whole time. It never got boring. History, country and people and also the plants and animals ... not a subject he didn't know anything about. We had a lot of fun, saw and experienced a lot. Lunch was delicious too. And at some point the tour was unfortunately over again. Any time.

Fantastic and empathetic guide, you felt no stress but a bit like being on a trip with a good friend. There was also time for a little extra beyond the description when João noticed something different on the trip

This activity is highly recommended. Good views going up the river. Susana very nice. Silves is very pretty.

An efficient and comfortable way of discovering the Algarve.