- 5-hour excursion to Silves and Caldas de Monchique
- Learn about Silves’ fascinating Moorish history on a walking tour around the center
- See Silves Cathedral and explore the beautifully preserved Silves Castle
- Explore the spa town of Caldas de Monchique and sample pão com chouriço, a local specialty
- Stop to see the views from Fóia, the tallest mountain in the Algarve
What You Can Expect
With its lofty hill-top location, the town was a strategically important stronghold for the Moors after their invasion in the 8th century. Wealth flowed into Silves during its Moorish Middle Age heyday only to be wiped out after a century of power struggles and a devastating earthquake. Much of today’s stately architecture originates from the 19th century when Silves came back into prominence.
Admire the architecture and sights such as Silves Cathedral as you wander through the streets that lead to Silves Castle. Pay your entrance fee direct, and then head inside the impressive fortress to explore. Restored in the 1940s, the castle is thought to date as far back as the 11th century and features such as its central vaults have been beautifully preserved. Admire views over the town and the Algarve from the castle walls, and then return to your coach with your guide.
Travel north to Caldas de Monchique, a spa town with candy-colored houses surrounded by densely forested hills. Enjoy some free time to explore independently and perhaps shop for local handicrafts to take home. Then, meet back up with your guide to see the town’s pretty church and sample some of the local pão com chouriço (bread with chorizo) while admiring the views.
Before leaving the area, stop to admire the views from Fóia, the 2,959-foot (902-meter) mountain that towers over the whole Algarve. Soak up the vistas, and then return to your coach for the journey back to your Algarve hotel.
Very informative, although I could have done with a little more time in some of the places as they were so interesting. The guide was very good and knowledgable about the area
This was the least interesting of the various day trips we made in Portugal actually a half-day trip, both because sites were less appealing to us and the guide did not induce much enthusiasm.
It was an enjoyable and interesting day, despite the last minute change of instructions re the meeting place. However, we were disappointed that we did not visit Caldas de Monchique - we were told that this area is now privately owned although we later met people who had visited the area. Most of the other members on the tour were German speaking and more information appeared to be given in that language