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Silves Castle

Silves’ regional prominence began in the 11th century when the Moors conquered the town. Giving it the name of Xelb, they constructed lavish palaces and created a cultural centre of learning for the whole Iberian Peninsular. Prior to its decline as a port due to silt build-up in its river, Silves was once the capital of the entire Algarve region. It traces its history back to 1,000 BC, and the Romans later found its location and resources much to their liking. During the 11th century, the Moors took and fortified the city, renaming it Xelb and building opulent palaces with the intent of creating a cultural center for the entire Iberian peninsula. Silves castle, a red sandstone fortress of Moorish design and décor is replete with beautiful gardens and statuary.

Beyond the Silves Castle, the town has some of the most intact remnants of its Moorish past. Many of the Moors underground water reservoirs are still used today. Much of the town’s culture is related to historical and archeological pursuits, and there is a museum, the Museu Arquelogico (constructed above the largest, Moorish cistern, no less), that displays prehistoric articles found around the region. The Ponte Romana, a Roman bridge over the Rio Arade is a testament to its Roman occupiers, and numerous Christian monuments can be found throughout town, including a granite cross to the northeast of the city.

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While Silves is connected to its past, its people find the present suitable, and Silves nightlife is hopping – it is a beach town, after all, and you can find plenty to do in the way of eating and drinking after a day of soaking up the sun. In fact, Silves has become in recent years a popular winter destination due to its mild climate.

Address: Silves, Portugal
Hours: Open daily 9am - 6pm
Admission: € 1.25
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Historical & Heritage Tours

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Silves Castel & Monchique Nature Moutain ParcK ( Confortable Van Tour )

A Nature Pack waits us today, up height in the hills with a centuries - old Manor House whith plenty of stories to tell. Visited a distillery to witness the traditional hand made production of local brews Medronho & Melosa.( Entrance Included ) At a working farm we will see an array of domestic animals bread & raised in the region & enjoy a luncheon of local delicacies including many different cured meats & cheeses. In the afternoon we will visit the Moorish City of Silves with its historical Castle. ( Entrance Included ) Church & Monastery, with cobbled streets lined whit many interesting shops to explore. Set against the back drop of beautiful hills& with a picturesque river running through the heart of the old city, this will be day trip to remember (MINIMUM 4 PEOPLE)
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Day Trips

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Western Algarve Small-Group Day Trip to Sagres, Lagos and Silves

This is the ideal tour for travelers with limited time in the Algarve. You’ll discover multiple highlights on one tour including Sagres, Lagos, and Silves. No need to book transport, as round-trip transportation is included. You’ll travel with a small group in a comfortable air-conditioned minivan between dispersed sites. Highlights include Cape of St. Vincent, Fóia, Caldas de Monchique, and Silves Castle. You can either have a walking tour in Lagos or choose to upgrade and go on a boat tour.
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  • 9 hours
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Cultural Tours

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.
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Cultural Tours

Best of West Full Day Trip from Algarve: Silves, Fóia, Lagos & Cape St. Vincent

Explore the western portion of the Algarve on this full-day tour from Albufeira. Visit the old Moorish capital of Silves and explore the ancient ruins, then it's on to the highest point of the Algarve region in Foia. Finish the tour at the famous Cape St. Vincent in Lagos and explore the “End of the World,” before heading back to your hotel in Albufeira.
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Silves + Monchique + Wine Tasting

Take a tour to Silves and visit the stunning castle. Then explore the highest Mountain in the South of Portugal, with 360º views for all the Algarve!
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Cultural Tours

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Bus & Minivan Tours

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Visit the Algarve

In just one day you can visit the most beautiful places in the Algarve. A good disposition and sympathy will always be present. A unique tour that should be enjoyed by anyone visiting the Algarve
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  • 1 to 6 hours
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Day Trips

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Private Algarve Tour for 1 to 8 people

A full day to discover the wonderful landscapes of the Algarve and the magical coast of southern Portugal: Silves Castle, Carvoeiro cliffs, Lagos marina, Ponta da Piedade and Cabo Sao Vicente.
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  • 12 to 13 hours
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Cultural Tours

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Barrocal Jeep Safari

Amid orange orchards, carob and stone walls, this 4-hour tour takes our guests to discover the Algarve's barrocal and mountain range. We start at Paderne Castle, which dates from the 12th century and is one of 7 castles represented by the flag. from Portugal. Next we will visit the Paderne Medieval Bridge. Next, our guests will visit the village of Alte, one of the most typical of the Algarve, where they can bathe in the crystal clear waters of the river and where they will discover the beautiful waterfall, among the vegetation. Our last destination It is the beautiful city of Silves where our guests can visit the Castle, the Cathedral, the City Gates, the Municipal Market, the Churches, the Cross of Portugal, the Pillory, the Roman Bridge, the Arade River, among others.
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  • 4 hours
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Cultural Tours

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Private tour of 1 to 8 people in the Algarve

A full day to discover the wonderful landscapes of the Algarve and the magical coast of southern Portugal: Silves Castle, Carvoeiro cliffs, Lagos marina, Ponta da Piedade and Cabo Sao Vicente.
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Cultural Tours

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Portimão: Algarve Heritage Tour in a Volkswagen T2 Van

A 4-hour tour of the beautiful Algarve region in a charismatic Volkswagen T2 van. You will learn aboutour history and its influence on who we are today, visiting some of our vast historical, architecturaland archeological patrimony.
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Day Trips

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Jeep half day tour of our Algarve coast and mountains

Want to feel the adrenaline of 4 × 4 and get to know the Algarve nature? Come ride the Algarve hills in our fabulous 4 × 4 jeeps! A fun and different experience that will take you to explore rural Portugal.Leaving for adventure from the village of Alvor, passing through beautiful landscapes of our coast, we will explore the secrets of the interior of our mountain, cohabiting with the Arade River with place to cool off in the natural pools of Estômbar fountains, before we head to the rural interior of Silves.You will have the best time of your vacation, with the company of a very knowledgeable driver, coming to visit the hidden Algarve and see its spectacular scenery.
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Nature & Wildlife

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Bus & Minivan Tours

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Transfer From Lisbon to Portimão With Sightseeing in Palmela and Silves Castle

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Wine Tasting & Winery Tours

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Arade Food & Cultural Tour, in Silves

According to an ancient legend, the Algarve, once known the almond kingdom, became the orange kingdom, after a Nordic princess married to Moorish king.The Arade Food & Cultural Tour will help unveil this and other legends of the former capital of the Algarve.Discover the river that has fed both the land and its people throughout the ages.Taste the famous Algarvian oranges and the legendary almond flavors in many different ways.Explore the traditions, architecture, and inventions of the Arab civilization that lasted until the present day.Enjoy the panoramic view of the city and the river from the red castle. Taste the best ingredients and dishes from our renowned ancient diet and fill yourself with good memories from the Arade Food & Cultural Tour.Come join us in this culinary experience!
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Cultural Tours

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Mountain Flavours

Discover the intense flavours of the Mountains. Our first stop takes you to pick and taste the famous Algarve Oranges. We follow journey to Silves, the old capital of the region, free time to visit the Moorish Castle and the gothic Cathedral – fees not included. Onwards we go to Pico da Fóia, the highest point in the Algarve, where on a clear day you will have a 360º view over the mountains and the sea. Sample our regional firewater and delicious honey of PDO - Protected Designation of Origin. Free time for lunch not included. The tour continues with a visit to the charming Thermal Villa of Caldas de Monchique, known for its "sacred waters" and Lovers Fountain “Fontes dos Amores”. We end the day visiting a well-known winery in the Algarve
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  • 10 to 11 hours
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