Our most recommended things to do in Silves

From Albufeira: Historical Algarve Region Tour

From Albufeira: Historical Algarve Region Tour

Start the tour after getting picked up from your hotel or any meeting point in the Albufeira area, travel to the destination of Silves. The castle is a must-see, and the Silves Cathedral, a unique place full of historical pieces that tell the history of the region. Proceed onward to Fóia, the highest point in the Algarve region, with 902 meters of height. Next, visit Cabo São Vicente in Sagres, which is the most southwesterly point in Continental Europe. Admire the Fortaleza de Sagres, an essential military monument during the Age of Discovery. You will have spare time for lunch here. Travel next to the Praia da Cordoama with an outstanding rock formation on top of the sea. Finally, head to Lagos, where you will visit the city center, followed by the return journey to your hotel.

From Albufeira: Half-Day Winery Tour and Silves

From Albufeira: Half-Day Winery Tour and Silves

Uncork the magic of Algarve on this captivating half-day tour! Immerse yourself in the region's rich winemaking heritage and explore the charming town of Silves. Relax in an air-conditioned vehicle as you travel through the picturesque Algarve countryside. Witness rolling vineyards, towering cork trees, and vibrant orange groves paint the landscape. Step inside a charming, family-owned winery and embark on a guided tour. Explore the lush vineyards, learn about the winemaking process from grape to glass, and discover the secrets behind each bottle. Indulge in a guided tasting of the winery's finest wines. Savor the unique flavors and aromas of local reds, whites, and rosés, paired with regional snacks. Journey to the captivating town of Silves. Explore its historical cobblestone streets, admire the imposing Moorish castle perched atop the hill, and soak in the town's unique atmosphere. This tour is perfect for Anyone who wants to discover the hidden gems of the Algarve.

Durt & Dust Paradaise tour - Buggy tour 90 min

Durt & Dust Paradaise tour - Buggy tour 90 min

A 90 minutes tour with a lot of excitement, focused on the driving experience in an authentic off road buggy paradise through great trails, valleys, hills and streams. Let yourself be dazzled by a landscape of rare beauty. Points of interest: - Silves Castel (Exterior view) - Streams - Great trails - Arade´s Dam

Portimão: Silves & Arade River History Tour on a Solar Boat

Portimão: Silves & Arade River History Tour on a Solar Boat

Come and explore the beautiful Arade River and experience a journey between Portimão and Silves, where the future meets the past. You will have about 1.5 hours to visit this wonderful medieval city (the wonderful moorish castle, the cathedral, the museum) or have a taste of its 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 ear yourself glide though the water, with no noise, gas spills or exhaust fumes. Combining comfort and fun, this tour is great for couples, families, and groups. The Arade River has since ever been of great importance in connecting Silves (the Islamic capital of the Algarve between the 8th and 13th centuries) to the sea. For centuries, the Arade was the scenery of important merchant trades, and was sailed by many cultures including the Phoenicians, Romans, Vikings, and Moors, among others. Ships came to carry minerals, cork, wood, fruits (figs, oranges almonds, carob) fish, salt, among other various riches of this region.

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

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's Classic Wine Tasting

Algarve's Classic Wine Tasting

A family project, located in the municipality of Silves, which has been in existence for half a century, its philosophy is to value Portuguese and native Algarve grape varieties, and to extract from them all the quality potential for the production of excellent wines. The Classic Wine Tasting includes a guided tour of the vineyards, cellar and barrel cellar, followed by a commented wine tasting of 3 wines from the Classic Wines range accompanied by delicious cheeses and charcuterie from local producers.

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

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

Raise a glass to Portugal's sun-soaked Algarve region on this delightful wine tour! Immerse yourself in the rolling countryside, visit two characterful family-run wineries, and savor a selection of award-winning local wines. Your adventure begins with a scenic drive from Albufeira. Breathe in the fresh air as you admire the verdant landscapes. At each winery, passionate guide will unveil the secrets of Algarve's winemaking process, from grape to glass. Prepare to tantalize your taste buds with a guided tasting of three local wines. Learn about the unique varietals and winemaking styles that define the region. Next, delve into the charming town of Silves. Wander along picturesque cobblestone streets and marvel at the imposing red-brick castle, a testament to the town's rich medieval history. Unwind and explore at your leisure in the captivating town of Silves. Silves boasts charming cobblestone streets lined with unique shops and cafes. Savor a delicious local lunch (not included) and soak up the town's vibrant atmosphere.

From Portimão: Arade River Boat Tour to Silves Medieval Town

From Portimão: Arade River Boat Tour to Silves Medieval Town

Relax in a serene atmosphere surrounded by natural beauty of the riverbanks on a 4-hour river boat tour from Portimão to the charming medieval town of Silves. Hop off in Silves to visit the town before returning to Portimão. The river tour is perfect for those looking to escape the crowds and discover the hidden treasures of the Algarve. Ideal for couples, bachelorette parties, birthday parties, company events, relaxing trips, families or anyone who wants a different, comfortable, calm and fun boat trip. Departing from Portimão, we'll head up the river to the charming medieval town of Silves, the first capital of the Algarve. As we pass through verdant landscapes and picturesque farms, our experienced guide will share with you the history of the Arade River and the culture of the region, showing you famous places and historical landmarks. As we approach Silves we will sail with the tide, which allows us to go with a very quiet engine. As we glide along the calm waters, you will have the opportunity to discover the feeling of calm that the river conveys, while we leave the hustle and bustle of Portimão behind. Upon arrival in Silves, and if the favourable conditions are met, you can hop off for about 1h30m to explore the city before returning to Portimão. On the way back to Portimão relax in a serene atmosphere surrounded by the natural beauty of the riverbanks while sipping on something refreshing. If you wish, we can even play your favourite playlist on our speaker. During the summer months, and if favourable maritime and weather conditions are met, we can stop for those who want to jump in and swim in the brackish waters of the river. And, if it is a sunset tour you will have the privilege of seeing the sun setting several times across the hills! You Know that the estuary of the river Arade is an area of great interest for birdwatching, and this tour is excellent for observing birds such as: Flamingo (Phoenicopterus roseus), White Stork (Ciconia ciconia), Cormorant White-faced Egret (Phalacrocorax carbo), Little Egret (Egretta garzetta), Great Gray Heron (Ardea cinérea), Kingfisher (Alcedo atthis), Black-winged Screech (Larus ridibundos), Stilt (Himantopus himantopus), Sandpiper (Calidris alpina), among others. Try to swap the blue of the sea and the gold of the cliffs for the green of the hills and the silence of the river, on a tour that promises to be magical.

Algarve: Full-Day Guided Sightseeing Tour with Lunch

Algarve: Full-Day Guided Sightseeing Tour with Lunch

Enjoy this day of discovery and history where you will visit some of the most interesting and scenic areas of the Algarve. Follows lesser traveled paths, giving you a discerning view of Portugal’s past and present. Meet your driver and travel to the town of Silves. Wander the narrow streets and alleys of the town and visit the impressive cathedral which you can pay to enter if you would like. From here, continue your ascent into Monchique Mountain. Stop in the charming spa village of Caldas de Monchique, with springs of proven medicinal properties. Following the winding road, reach the highest point in the Algarve, Fóia, standing at 902m above sea level. The views here are dramatic and the air is incredibly pure. Downhill then from Fóia, cross the countryside and take a break in the small village of Marmelete where you have time to enjoy lunch in one of the local restaurants. After lunch, go straight to Costa Vicentina, to admire the magnificent beaches where you can have some time to walk around, relax, and capture pictures of the views. Then it’s on to the ‘end of the world’, Cape St. Vincent, the southwestern point of Europe, where you can feel the wilderness of the place. The lighthouse that rises in this place defies the elements and is one of the most important lighthouses in Europe due to its strategic position. Lastly, pass through Sagres, a typical fishing village, and see its sheltered fishing port. At the end of the tour, the driver will drop you back at your hotel.

Silves, Caldas and Monchique Wine Tasting: Full Day Tour

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.

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The tour was very nice. Our guide "Benny" was very friendly, funny and entertaining. He also answered all the questions we asked him in an entertaining way. We (my mother and I) would want to go with him again at any time.

Thankyou. We had a great afternoon. Silves is beautiful, the wine food and scenery spectacular. We were collected on time and where we agreed and our guide was friendly and flexible

Great trip showing the lesser known aspects of Albufeira. The trip to the highest point in algarve was best. Fernando was the perfect guide as well.

This was a great day with lots of historical information which just bought the whole area alive. Guide was fantastic.

Great day out with Benny, he could do enough for us. Made it fun but informative.