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From Albufeira: Half-Day Winery Tour and Silves

1. From Albufeira: Half-Day Winery Tour and Silves

Start with pickup from your hotel or resort and travel by a comfortable air-conditioned vehicle through the Algarve countryside. Enjoy the beautiful scenery of cork trees, groves of orange trees, and picturesque villages throughout the journey.  Visit a family-owned winery and take a guided tour of the vineyard and wine cellar. Learn about the history of wine production in the region and the winemaking process. After the tour, enjoy tastings of red, white, and rosé wines produced onsite.  Then, travel to the charming town of Silves. Enjoy some free time in the town and take a leisurely stroll along the cobblestone streets to the impressive Moorish castle which is located at the top of the town. After some time in Silves, return to your hotel in Albufeira.

Algarve: Silves, Mt Foia, Lagos, & Cape St. Vicente Day Trip

2. Algarve: Silves, Mt Foia, Lagos, & Cape St. Vicente Day Trip

Join a full-day tour to some of the most interesting and scenic locations in the Algarve. Explore the old town in Silves, climb Mount Foia, step back in time at Lagos, and visit Cape St. Vicente, the most southwestern point in Europe. Your first stop is Silves, the former Moorish capital. Visit the oldest part of the city where both the largest castle in the Algarve and the oldest cathedral are located.  Next, head to Mount Foia and take in the views. Climb the Serra de Monchique and make your way to the highest point of the Algarve. Take some spectacular photos and, on your way down, make an optional stop for lunch (cost not included).  In the afternoon, visit Lagos and discover the former slave market dating back to the 16th century. See the golden church of Santo António, the fortress, and the old town. Continue toward Cape St. Vicente, the most southwestern point of Europe. See landmarks including the lighthouse, the fishing port of Baleeira, and the fortress of Sagres.

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

3. 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.

Algarve: Countryside and Vineyard Tour with Wine Tasting

4. Algarve: Countryside and Vineyard Tour with Wine Tasting

Taste the finest wines while exploring the countryside and culture of the Algarve region on this guided day trip that includes hotel transfers. Stop in Silves, the former capital of the Algarve, and admire its Arabic architecture. Go all the way up to Fóia, the highest mountain in the area. After a hotel pickup, head to Silves, which was once the capital of the Moorish Kingdom of the Algarve. Get free time to visit Silves Castle and Silves Cathedral, both built with the red sandstone characteristic of the area. Next, make your way through the Monchique mountains to Fóia, the highest point in the Algarve. Take pictures and enjoy an opportunity to taste one of the liqueurs typical of the region. Then, descend to a viewing point and stop for lunch (not included). Continue to the family-run wine estate of Quinta dos Vales, set amid rolling vines, stylish villas, tennis courts, and outdoor pools. Take a guided tour of the vineyards and cellars. Taste the locally produced wines and enjoy the flavors of homemade bread along with olive oil.

From Albufeira: Excursion to Silves Castle and Monchique

5. From Albufeira: Excursion to Silves Castle and Monchique

Learn the history of Silves and its Moorish castle on a half-day tour. Climb 902m to the Foia of Monchique, and take in views from the highest point in the Algarve. The day begins with pickup from a central meeting point. Drive in an air-conditioned van to Silves, which was the most important city in the Algarve during the period of Moorish rule. Travel back through history on a visit to the 11th-century castle and learn about its importance as a military fortification. Next, visit Caldas of Monchique, famous for its waters and wonderful landscapes. Climb to the highest point in the Algarve and snap pictures of the land and sea below. At the end of the tour, return to the meeting point with your guide.

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. 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 back in Albufeira, your friendly guide drops you off at your accommodation where your tour concludes.

From Albufeira: Full-Day Wine Tasting Tour with a Guide

7. From Albufeira: Full-Day Wine Tasting Tour with a Guide

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.

Silves, Caldas and Monchique Wine Tasting: Full Day Tour

8. 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 thermal spring water sources. You will then proceed onward to Fóia, the highest point in the Algarve region and one of the largest in Portugal. With 902 meters of height, you will be able to gain a breathtaking 360º view of the entire area.

From Alvor: Silves Castle & Monchique Mountains Bus Tour

9. From Alvor: Silves Castle & Monchique Mountains Bus Tour

Discover southern Portugal with a bus trip from Alvor to Silves and Monchique. Listen as your guide details the history of Silves Castle and Silves Cathedral, both of which were built from a red stone indigenous to the area. Ascend the Monchique mountains to Fóia and taste a traditional liqueur. Begin your tour by meeting your guide in Alvor and enjoying an air-conditioned bus ride to Silves. Explore the first Arab capital of the Kingdom of Algarve, including Silves Castle, estimated to have been built around 200 BC, and Silves Cathedral, a national monument built in the 13th century. Then it's time to head into the Monchique mountain range, known for its diverse array of plants and vegetation. Visit Fóia, the highest peak, to take photos of the magnificent panoramic views and taste-test a liqueur native to the region. Then it's time to board the bus and drive back home to Alvor.

Algarve: Full-Day Guided Sightseeing Tour with Lunch

10. 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 lunch in one of the local restaurants. After lunch, travel to Costa Vicentina and visit some beautiful beaches. Enjoy free time to relax on the shore or explore the area. Next stop: Cape St. Vincent. Immerse yourself in the wilderness and breathe the fresh Atlantic air of the most southwestern point of Europe. Marvel at the cliffside lighthouse that defies the elements and hear the fascinating history from your guide. Finally, visit Sagres, a quaint fishing village nearby, and explore its sheltered fishing port.

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What people are saying about Castle of Silves

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4.9 / 5

based on 280 reviews

We had an excellent experience on our half day trip. Visiting the castle in Silves (only costs a few € to go inside) and then heading to the winery for a tour of the wine making process& some wine tasting. Our guide gave us lots of information along the way about the land and the history of wine making in the area. Very friendly and kind tour guide! We got collected and dropped off at our apartment. Definitely would recommend this trip!!

Fantastic day exploring the beautiful countryside of the Algarve. Our guide was Domenica and driver was Paulino and both could not have been more accommodating and ensured the day ran smoothly. Very professional and well-run tour. Definitely one of the highlights of our holiday and would strongly recommend to any other tourists - also very reasonable at £40 per head for a full day’s tour.

It was our first time on such an experience and our guide Bruno was amazing. He was very thoughtful and extremely knowledgable on all aspects of the tour. He told so many stories which really helped us understand how amazing the process is here in Portugal. Would highly recommend and thanks again Bruno - 5 Stars!

Really enjoyed this excursion, Bruno was very friendly and knowledgeable about wine making. His driving was very smooth and not like some of the drivers we have experience in Portugal. Great trip

Our driver was so informant on the way up to the winery. Once we got there he was great describing the each wines. The tour of the winery was excellent. Awesome guide.