Fóia, Portugal

Fóia, Portugal: Our most recommended tours and activities

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

1. 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.

Algarve: Full-Day Guided Sightseeing Tour with Lunch

2. 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.

Algarve: The Best of the West Full Day Tour

3. Algarve: The Best of the West Full Day Tour

Visit the old Moorish capital of the Algarve, the city of Silves, with its picturesque Castle. Stop to visit the small village of Caldas de Monchique with its famous spa, recognized since Roman times for its healing properties. Arrive at Foia, the highest point of the Algarve, with its 902m altitude and with a breathtaking view, and taste the typical liqueurs of the region while admiring the landscape. Make a stop for lunch at a typical restaurant in the Serra de Monchique, where a traditional Algarve meal will be served. Visit Lagos, a city that has always been linked to the sea, where the epic of the Portuguese Discoveries began in the 15th century. Travel to the most "Southwest point in Europe", after leaving Lagos, and make a stop at Ponta da Piedade, known for its rock formations and panoramic views. Finish the tour in Sagres, also known as the "End of the World", where the sun goes down behind the endless ocean, and observe the most amazing and breathing sunset from the top of cliffs. Be returned to the pickup location at the end of the tour.

Monchique and Fóia: Half Day Tour

4. Monchique and Fóia: Half Day Tour

A tour up the mountain to Monchique, rich with evergreen vegetation and allowing you to have fantastic views. Following hotel collection, you will be whisked up the mountain in an air-conditioned mini van. After navigating and exploring Monchique's small streets, you will continue on to Fóia, the highest point in the Algarve and one of the largest in Portugal. With 902 meters of height, you will be able to have a 360º view of the entire region, including he ocean, the lakes and other cities around.

From Alvor: Silves Castle & Monchique Mountains Bus Tour

5. 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.

From Albufeira: Excursion to Silves Castle and Monchique

6. 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.

From Quarteira, Albufeira, or Portimão: Silves & Monchique

7. From Quarteira, Albufeira, or Portimão: Silves & Monchique

The magical city of Silves is an enchanting example of the Arab influence that was present in its history and in its architecture, clearly evident due to the most important castle in the Algarve. You will have time to experience the thermal spa of Caldas De Monchique located in the heart of the Serra de Monchique Natural Park. Foia is situated within a stunning landscape and is famous for being the highest point of the Algarve. Here in Foia, you have the opportunity to taste the famous Medronho brandy, the most traditional drink in the Algarve made from the fruit harvested on the slopes of the Serra. You will then have some time to relax over a meal and experience local food and hospitality. Lastly you will stop in the traditional village of Monchique located at an altitude of 450 m where we can leisurely walk through its narrow streets and soak in the atmosphere of the unspoilt Algarve.

From Albufeira: Private Silves Castle and Monchique Tour

8. From Albufeira: Private Silves Castle and Monchique Tour

Discover the Algarve on a private tour by car from Albufeira to see Silves Castle, Silves city, and the iconic sites in the Monchique Mountains. Follow your guide as you listen to stories of this historical area, learning about its rich culture en route. Kickstart your day and head straight to the medieval castle of Silves. Walk past the statue of King D. Sancho at the entrance of the castle that dates all the way back to the Christian Reconquest of the Iberian Peninsula by the Portuguese. Continue through the castle to visit the city of Silves. Walk up its picturesque streets filled with craft shops typical of the region. Choose to have lunch in Silves or in Monchique Moutain, at your own expense. Then, make your way to visit the Termas de Monchique.These are a village and spa located to the south of the village of Monchique, The therapeutic properties of local waters have been recognized since the time of the Roman Empire, when they received the designation of sacred waters. Learn how these thermal waters come from eight springs, and are rich in bicarbonate, fluorine, silica, and sodium. They are used as treatment for respiratory and digestive problems, as well as for muscular and rheumatic problems. Carry on to the top of the mountain, Fóia, known as the highest place in the Algarve. Drive through eucalyptus and pine tree forests on your way to the summit, standing at 902 meters high. Marvel at sprawling views from the peak of Fóia, stretching out across western Algarve, Cabo de São Vicente, and Odeceixe. On your way back to Albufeira, choose to make a small stop at the 16th-century Chapel of Bones in Alcantarilha.

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What people are saying about Fóia, Portugal

Overall rating

4.5 / 5

based on 51 reviews

We had an amazing day trip, Carlos our guide was so knowledgable and so entertaining throughout the day! Fabulous lunch and fire water tasting! Would highly recommend this trip. Wonderful views at Cape St Vincente , lovely to see the countryside Silves and Monchique were highlights too. Thank you Carlos and Portitours! From Jane and Nick

We had a brilliant experience going to visit Silves and Monchique. Silves is a georgeous town and I would definately love to go back there again. The guide was informative and explained what we could see from the bus and about the surrounding nature and landscapes.

The tour was very well organized and interesting. I got to explore a bit in Silves and the castle, the tour guide shared information about each place. Then, we went to Monchique mountains to enjoy the beautiful views and hace a nice coffee and cake. Very good!

Maravilhoso. Quero ressaltar o papel da motorista e guia Vanda. Atenciosa, bom papo, bom humor e muito educada. Entregou mais que o esperado. Recomendação fortíssima.

Really enjoyable day. Learned a lot about the algarve. Danielle was a very knowledgeable guide