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Benagil: Guided Kayaking Tour to Caves & Secret spots

1. Benagil: Guided Kayaking Tour to Caves & Secret spots

Get off the beaten track with a guided kayaking tour to the Benagil caves with an instructor. Navigate along towering cliffs and around stunning rock formations on a turquoise sea. Stop for a refreshing swim at a breathtaking location. Meet your guide at an easy-to-locate restaurant and get set up with your high-quality paddle, kayak, dry bag, and life vest. Get some instructions on how to use your kayak most effectively from your guide before embarking on your coastal adventure. Make your way along stretches of golden coastline and over crystal-clear waters that are teeming with shimmering fish. Capture pictures of the Benagil caves as light streams through from above, illuminating the cave and azure water. Learn about how these geological formations were crafted by the wind and waves over time. Cool off with a dive into the water and admire this other-worldly landscape as you swim along the beach. Return to the meeting point at the end of your tour.

Portimão: Arade River and Silves History Tour

2. Portimão: Arade River and Silves History Tour

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. Capacity has been reduced by 30% to ensure all guests' safety during the trip. 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.

Algarve: Historic and Cultural Group Tour of West Algarve

3. Algarve: Historic and Cultural Group Tour of West Algarve

Departing from Albufeira, get picked up from your hotel (or another convenient, close place) and enjoy the views as you drive towards Silves, one of the oldest cities in the Algarve. In Silves, visit the oldest cathedral in Algarve as well as its largest castle. Stop at Monchique, the tallest mountain in Algarve. Immerse yourself in the lush natural surroundings. Go to the top to see amazing views from the highest point in Algarve. Stop at a local restaurant for a nice lunch on the way down. In the afternoon, you will be taken to Lagos, another important city in Algarve. Admire the inside of the golden church of Santo António, and go to a 15th-century slave market, the old town, and the fortress. Finally, stop in Sagres, popularly known as "the end of the world", as it is the most southwestern point in continental Europe. Let the splendid views of the coast, beautiful rock formations, and the great lighthouse take your breath away. After your last stop in Sagres, return to Albufeira.

Silves, Caldas and Monchique Wine Tasting: Full Day Tour

4. Silves, Caldas and Monchique Wine Tasting: Full Day Tour

After being collected from your hotel, you will head towards the historic village of Silves, where you will discover in detail the Algarve village. The castle is a must-see, and you will be able to explore this fantastic monument in detail. The tour then continues with the Silves Cathedral, as well as the Archeology Museum of Silves, a unique place full of historical pieces that tell the history of the region. Following this you will stop for a wine tasting, where you will taste some of the wines local to the region. You will then go down and walk along the river Arade, before taking a break for lunch. In the afternoon you will head up to the mountains, where Monchique is waiting for you. Before reaching Monchique you will stop at the Thermal Spa of Caldas de Monchique, a very picturesque place full of history and an unparalleled natural beauty. Here you will see some of the well-known thermal spring water sources. You will then proceed onward to Fóia, the highest point in the Algarve region and one of the largest in Portugal. With 902 meters of height, you will be able to gain a breathtaking 360º view of the entire area.

Algarve: Silves Farmers Market and Orchard Private Day Tour

5. Algarve: Silves Farmers Market and Orchard Private Day Tour

Taste the freshest oranges possible on this private day trip to Algarve orange country. Visit the Silves farmers market and have a walk by the Arade river, learn about orange farming at an orange orchard, taste an orange plucked straight from a tree, and enjoy a glass of just-squeezed orange juice. The tour starts in the town of Silves, the heart of Algarve’s orange country. Visit the farmers market and wander by the Arade river – its pretty views of the Roman bridge and the red-hued town are not to be missed.  Next, you’ll enjoy a guided tour of one of the largest orange orchards in the region, where you can learn about the farming process. The Algarve region produces what are considered to be the best oranges in the world, and the Silves area, in particular, is known for its sweet, fine-skinned, aromatic, and incredibly juicy oranges.  Your guide will instruct you on a variety of species, grown so that oranges can be enjoyed all year round. You’ll even get to pluck an orange straight from a tree and enjoy its delicious taste, farm-fresh. The tour ends with a serving of a delicious, naturally sweet, vitamin-packed glass of just-squeezed orange juice. 

Silves: Algarvian Winery Tour and Tasting Experience

6. Silves: Algarvian Winery Tour and Tasting Experience

Explore a small family owned winery in Silves on this guided tour. Stroll through lush country vineyards and discover how Algarvian wine is crafted. Treat yourself to an array of flavors as you try local food, wine, and oils. Head to a wine estate in Silves to meet a local winemaker. Walk through a mix of unspoiled nature and cultivated land. Admire the vineyards where Algarvian wine begins its journey to the bottle. Follow your host to olive groves, fruit trees, flower gardens, and a lake. Hear about the production of wine, olive oil, and verjus (acidic grape juice). Stimulate your senses as you taste these local specialties paired with a variety of snacks. Sample the winery's premium Sentidos Tato red wine.

Algarve: The Best of the West Full Day Tour

7. Algarve: The Best of the West Full Day Tour

Visit the old Moorish capital of the Algarve, the city of Silves, with its picturesque Castle. Stop to visit the small village of Caldas de Monchique with its famous spa, recognized since Roman times for its healing properties. Arrive at Foia, the highest point of the Algarve, with its 902m altitude and with a breathtaking view, and taste the typical liqueurs of the region while admiring the landscape. Make a stop for lunch at a typical restaurant in the Serra de Monchique, where a traditional Algarve meal will be served. Visit Lagos, a city that has always been linked to the sea, where the epic of the Portuguese Discoveries began in the 15th century. Travel to the most "Southwest point in Europe", after leaving Lagos, and make a stop at Ponta da Piedade, known for its rock formations and panoramic views. Finish the tour in Sagres, also known as the "End of the World", where the sun goes down behind the endless ocean, and observe the most amazing and breathing sunset from the top of cliffs. Be returned to the pickup location at the end of the tour.

Algarve: Full-Day Guided Sightseeing Tour with Lunch

8. Algarve: Full-Day Guided Sightseeing Tour with Lunch

Visit some of the most fascinating and picturesque locations in the Algarve on this full-day guided tour. Explore off-the-beaten-track gems giving you an in-depth view of Portugal’s past and present. Travel to the town of Silves, in Moorish times the capital of the Algarve. Here, visit the Moorish castle and admire magnificent views of the surrounding countryside. Continue to the impressive cathedral and explore the narrow streets and alleys. Next, head up to the Monchique mountain and admire the scenic hillsides and eucalyptus groves. Arrive at the charming village of Caldas de Monchique, with springs famous for their healing properties. From here, follow the winding road to the highest point in the Algarve – Fóia – standing at 902m above sea level. Take in the dramatic views and capture spectacular photos. Next, make a stop in the small village of Marmelete and enjoy a traditional lunch in one of the local restaurants. After lunch, travel to Costa Vicentina and visit some beautiful beaches. Enjoy free time to relax on the shore or explore the area. Next stop: Cape St. Vincent. Immerse yourself in the wilderness and breathe the fresh Atlantic air of the most southwestern point of Europe. Marvel at the cliffside lighthouse that defies the elements and hear the fascinating history from your guide. Finally, visit Sagres, a quaint fishing village nearby, and explore its sheltered fishing port.

Albufeira: Silves Castle and Old Town with Chapel of Bones

9. Albufeira: Silves Castle and Old Town with Chapel of Bones

Following pickup from your Albufeira accommodation, begin a day out enjoying the medieval Silves Castle. As well as the castle itself, take in the statue of King D. Sancho I at the castle's entrance. This statue dates back to the time of the Christian Reconquest of the Iberian Peninsula, the Portuguese monarch D. Sancho. Following the castle, visit the cathedral of Silves before taking the opportunity to explore the old city, making the descent through the old and tight streets. Admire the many local stores, small shops, and cafes, which have decades of history behind them. As you make you way back near the river in Silves, make a short stop to the Chapel of Bones in Alcantarilha. Once back in Albufeira, your friendly guide drops you off at your accommodation where your tour concludes.

Portimão/Carvoeiro: Volkswagen T2 Algarve Flavors Tour

10. Portimão/Carvoeiro: Volkswagen T2 Algarve Flavors Tour

After pickup from your accommodation, board a classic Volkswagen T2 for a 4-hour flavor tour and get ready to see and taste the Algarve in a unique way. Punctuated with fascinating history and local knowledge, discover the rich palates of Portugal’s southern coast, complete with a road trip playlist. Start with a stop at the Convent'Bio. This space belonged to the Carmelitas Calçados d 'Alagoa Convent and was founded in 1551 under the influence of Queen D. Catarina. The space was abandoned before being recently recovered and transformed into a local store, café, and biological market. Whilst there, drink orange juice or tea. Following that, visit the picturesque Market of Silves to discover and taste some new Algarve products. Then, have a nice picnic with local products. After, proceed to Quinta do Francês to admire its unique views, before encountering one of the most famous wine producers of the Algarve. Conclude the experience with a tasting of 3 different flavored wines.

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What people are saying about Silves

Overall rating

4.9 / 5

based on 99 reviews

Amazing wine tasting experience in an absolutely stunning location, much better than any other wine tasting tours we have done. Owners were very knowledgeable welcoming and friendly with the added bonus of fantastic high quality delicious wine. Learnt about the whole process of making the wine, and also the olive oil that they also make themselves. Highly recommend a visit.

Great, active experience! The water was rougher the day we went but the tour group kept us all safe while ensuring we would have a good experience. They had 4 guides with 9 of us to help us get in and out of the kayaks on the shore, which was essential on a day like ours!

Very good , we were a group of 6 friends and had loads of fun , Nuno and his brother were really amazing with all of the members and explain everything along the way , we even were able to got out of the kayak and have a swim in the open sea

It is worth doing this route, very good treatment of the guides, they are attentive to you and the caves and coves you pass through are wonderful. I recommend it 100%.

Excellent guide, very knowledgeable. Amazing views of the caves and surrounding beaches.