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  • Location:Algarve, Portugal
  • Duration:5 hours (approx.)

Silves and Caldas de Monchique Day Trip from the Algarve

Discover the Algarve’s unique Moorish influences during this 5-hour guided day trip to the towns of Silves and Caldas de Monchique, departing from the Algarve. This tour uncovers the impressive 11th century Silves Castle, one of the best preserved Moorish fortifications in Portugal. After learning about Moorish history during pleasant walking tour, enjoy free time to explore Caldas de Monchique famous for its medicinal waters. Taste chorizo and local breads while you stroll the town filled with touches of Roman history. Plus, this Algarve half-day tour ascends to the top of Fóia where you can gaze at textured landscape.


  • 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

Silves and Caldas de Monchique Day Trip from the Algarve

Visit Silves Castle and learn about its history from your guide!

After meeting your guide at your Algarve hotel, start your 5-hour expedition of the towns of Silves and Caldas de Monchique. Get comfortable as your air-conditioned coach traverses north to Silves a town erected by the Moors in the 8th century.  Walk along its cobblestone roads brimming with terracotta roofed dwellings and learn how the Moors poured wealth into this town to bolster its strategic location. Then, hear about how endless strifes with invaders and the disastrous Lisbon earthquake destroyed this once prominent ancient town.

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.

Customer Reviews

5 star rating: Highly Recommended June 2015

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

3 star rating: Worth doing July 2015

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.

3 star rating: Worth doing May 2015

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

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Tour code: 2874SILVES


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