- 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
Stroll along the street and observe 19th century architecture as you are lead to Silves Castle. Enter the 11th century Castle (own expense), restored in the 1940s and ’50s, and learn how its water collection system fed an underground cistern that provided freshwater to the local dwellings. Next, traverse the castle walls and appreciate views of the town.
Depart Silves and head further north to Caldas de Monchique. With plenty of leisure time, explore this Roman spa town and see its cobbled tree-shaded square and 19th century buildings. Perhaps duck into a few boutique shops filled with local crafts. Then, meet your guide for a bite to eat. Try local pão com chouriço a simple and delicious sandwich made with savory Portuguese sausage.
This Silves and Caldas de Monchique day trip from the Algarve is not over yet, climb to the top of Fóia, a 2,959-foot (902-meter) mountain, for picture-perfect Algarve views. Then hop back into your coach and voyage back to your Algarve hotel where your tour ends.
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