Portimão: Arade River and Silves History Tour

4.9 / 5

14 reviews

Portimão: Arade River and Silves History Tour

From $35.61 per person

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

Free cancellation
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Covid-19 precautions
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Duration 4.5 hours
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Live tour guide
English, Portuguese
Small group
Limited to 10 participants


  • 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. 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.
  • 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
  • Transfers
  • Car parking fees
Covid-19 precautions
Safety measures in place
  • All areas that customers touch are frequently cleaned
  • You must keep social distance while in vehicles
  • The number of visitors is limited to reduce crowds
Traveler requirements
  • You are required to bring and wear a mask

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    Meeting point

    Please meet at pier A/B, Estrada Marina 280, 8500-311 Portimão. If you are lost, please call the local partner.

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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
    • Please book your trip as early as possible to guarantee a place
    Customer reviews

    Overall rating

    4.9 /5

    based on 14 reviews

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    Boat was great. The guide, Ricardo, was very nice. Trip was pleasant with a great view. The boat didn't go very fast so it was great for people with lower back problems. It's not your typical tourist trap, it's actually very relaxing and comfortable. It's a well-spent afternoon, but not for the impatient.

    July 25, 2020

    What a day, I highly recommend it amazing Views and good banter from our guide Ricardo. Did I say good I meant great ...can’t say how much me and the missus enjoyed it. Hope I get to do it again. He even let my missus piss in the water covered by a towel lol Funny moment we all enjoyed it. Ask Ricardo about Jade he won’t forget it lol

    December 27, 2019

    Very enjoyable and relaxing

    Enjoyed the trip, I know you are governed by the tide but would have liked a further hour at Silves

    September 17, 2019

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