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Silves Tours

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Silves
The town of Silves, in Portugal’s Algarve region, has been inhabited since paleolithic times. Links to the past are found throughout the fortified town, from the imposing Moorish castle to the Roman bridge and the cathedral, which was originally built as a grand mosque before being converted into a church in the 13th century.

The Basics
In the late Middle Ages, Silves was of strategic importance and changed hands between Christian and Muslim rulers several times. Although nowadays the town has a sleepy feel, there’s plenty to see for visitors, especially those with a passion for the past. Aside from the historical buildings, Silves boasts many restaurants, cafés, and boutiques selling local products.

Guided Algarve tours with experienced local guides are available for those interested in learning more about Silves’ history, or anyone simply wanting a convenient way to explore the region. Most tours also visit the spa town of Caldas de Monchique and head up Mt. Foia for spectacular views.

Things to Know Before You Go
  • Silves, with its ancient links, is a must for history buffs.
  • Entry to Silves castle is via paid ticket.
  • Silves’ old town has some steep cobbled streets that may not be suitable for wheelchair users.

How to Get There
Silves is located 9 miles (15 kilometers) inland from the popular resort of Portimão. Access is via car or public transport; buses and trains link SIlves to Portimão, Lagos, and Faro.

When to Get There
The Algarve region is busiest in summer, when many people head here on vacation—but bear in mind that inland towns can get very hot on summer days. That said, Portugal has a relatively mild climate, which makes it pleasant to visit Silves year-round.

Visit the Beaches Around Portimão
A short drive south of Silves, Portimão has some of the Algarve’s best-loved beaches. The picturesque Rock Beach (Praia da Rocha) is always popular with visitors in the summer months, while the huge Three Brothers Beach (Praia dos Três Irmãos) has room to spare.
Address: Silves, Portugal
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Silves and Monchique Half Day Bus Tour

Silves and Monchique Half Day Bus Tour

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Discover the Algarve’s unique Moorish influences during this half-day guided tour to the towns of Silves and Monchique, departing from the Algarve. This tour uncovers the impressive 11th century Silves Castle, one of the best-preserved Moorish fortifications in Portugal. Then take in the views from Algarve's tallest mountain, Foia, which stands at 2,960 feet (902 meters) above sea level. Enjoy free time to shop for local handicrafts and products before heading back to Algarve.
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  • 4 to 5 hours
  • Free Cancellation
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US$24,31
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US$24,31

Algarve: Silves and Monchique Small-Group Tour with Wine Tasting

Algarve: Silves and Monchique Small-Group Tour with Wine Tasting

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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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  • 6 to 7 hours
  • Free Cancellation
  • Taking safety measures
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US$77,83
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US$77,83
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Historical Algarve Tour - Ria Formosa, Castelo de Silves, Foia, Santa Luzia,Faro

Historical Algarve Tour - Ria Formosa, Castelo de Silves, Foia, Santa Luzia,Faro

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We will visit, part of the Natural Park of Ria Formosa (PNRF), one of the most beautiful natural patrimonies of the Country. It covers an area of ​​18,400 hectares over 60 km, this place serves as habitat for several unique species, and there we find paradisiacal beaches. This tour also includes a visit to Silves Castle, of Islamic military architecture and one of the best preserved castles in the country. Get ready for a breathtaking view. Then we will continue to Foia, in the Serra de Monchique. Foia is the highest point in the Algarve, and here you will certainly be surprised by wonderful panoramic views. We will also visit Santa Luzia, a small fishing village located very close to Tavira, which specializes in octopus capture, and the cosmopolitan city of Faro - the capital of the Algarve.
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  • 8 hours
  • Free Cancellation
From
US$176,84
Price varies by group size
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US$176,84
Price varies by group size

Carvoeiro and Silves Premium Tour > VTours Algarve

Carvoeiro and Silves Premium Tour > VTours Algarve

Join us on a real guided tour, with a friendly, passionate, professional, knowledgeable guide, that will guide you thru the natural beauties and interesting history of the Algarve. Cruise the Algarve on board of a luxury, comfortable and cozy vehicle. More than a Tour, an Experience!
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  • 7 hours
  • Free Cancellation
From
US$118,53
Price varies by group size
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US$118,53
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Silves Castle & Old Town stop at Chapel of Bones

Silves Castle & Old Town stop at Chapel of Bones

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In this tour we will have the opportunity to enjoy The medieval castle, and the statue of King D. Sancho I at the entrance to the Silves Castle. We will also have the opportunity to see the cathedral of Silves, then our customers will have the opportunity to discover the old city, making the descent through the old and tight streets, always with local shops, small shops and cafes, with decades of history Being collected from customers in the area near the river in Silves On the way back to the Hotel, we make a stop at the Chapel of Bones - Entrance to the Castle costs € 3 per person, not included, paid by the customer at the castle entrance - The entrance to the chapel of bones is Free - If, for any reason, you are unable to book this tour please do not hesitate to contact us. By: Enjoy Albufeira Drivers
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  • 5 hours
  • Free Cancellation
From
US$178,40
per group
From
US$178,40
per group

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