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  2. Algarve
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  4. Arade River

Portimão: Arade River and Silves History Tour

Product ID: 164025
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Explore the beautiful Arade River on an amazing and comfortable eco-friendly solar-powered boat. You will experience a journey full of history between Portimão and Silves, where you'll have about 1.5 hours to explore the wonderful Medieval city.
About this activity
Duration 4.5 hours
Printed or mobile voucher accepted
Instant confirmation
Live tour guide
English, Portuguese
Free cancellation up to 24 hours before activity starts

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  • Discover the historical Arade River
  • Take a comfortable and relaxing eco-friendly and pollution-free boat trip
  • Enjoy a refreshing drink (wine, water, or iced tea) and a snack (dry fruits) on board
  • Learn about the history of the Arade as narrated by your crew
  • Observe and listen to the birds and nature on a noiseless solar boat
Full description
Come and explore the beautiful Arade River and experience a journey between between Portimão and Silves which is full of history. You will have about 1.5 hours to visit this wonderful Medieval city, which contains numerous monuments, a castle, a museum, and excellent gastronomy.

Throughout your tour, you will enjoy an unforgettable and unique experience aboard a solar-powered boat. You will travel on a boat so silent that all you will be able to hear yourself glide though the water, as well as hear the sounds of the waves hitting the shore. Combining comfort and fun, this tour is great for couples, families, and groups (for up to 11 people).

The Arade River has forever been of great importance in connecting Silves (the Islamic capital of the Algarve between the 8th and 13th centuries) to the sea. For centuries, the Arade was the scenery of important merchant trades, and was sailed by many cultures including the Phoenicians, Romans, Vikings, and Moors, among others. Ships came to carry minerals, oranges, cork, wood, figs, almonds, carobs, fish, salt, among other various riches of this region.

  • Eco-friendly boat tour from Marina de Portimão to Silves (and back
  • One drink (wine, water or iced tea) and a snack (dry fruits) aboard
  • Comfortable and relaxing boat with music aboard
  • Guided tour with explanations of the history of the area
What’s Not Included
  • Transfers
  • Car parking fees

Prepare for the activity

Meeting point

Please meet at pier A/B. If you are lost, please call in advance.

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Important information
Know before you go
• The total trip duration is 4.5 hours
• Please bring comfortable shoes
• Sunscreen is essential during summer
• Hats are optional but recommended
• This trip can only be made on certain days of the month due to tide restrictions
• We advise you to book as early as possible to guarantee your place
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Overall rating
4.3 / 5
based on 3 reviews
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Product ID: 164025