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Silves Castle (Castelo de Silves) Tours and Activities

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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(Castelo de Silves), 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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Amazing West Day Trip: Silves, Fóia, Lagos & Cape St. Vincent

Amazing West Day Trip: Silves, Fóia, Lagos & Cape St. Vincent

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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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  • 10 to 11 hours
  • Free Cancellation
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$49.96
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$49.96

Small group Wine Tasting Tour from Albufeira

Small group Wine Tasting Tour from Albufeira

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Discover the Algarve countryside during a wine-focused half-day tour. Learn about the heritage and history of this region in Portugal while visiting the town of Silves and its Moorish castle. Sample a variety of wines including red, white, and rose alongside traditional Portuguese tapas.
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  • 4 hours
  • Free Cancellation
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$56.93
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Small-Group Day Tour of Silves and Monchique with Wine Tasting

Small-Group Day Tour of Silves and Monchique 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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  • 7 to 8 hours
  • Free Cancellation
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$75.52
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Small group Wine Tasting Tour from Lagos

Small group Wine Tasting Tour from Lagos

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On this 4-hour tour we will visit a winery. We will learn more about the wine production process by visiting the production room and the wooden barrel room. You will taste 3 local wines accompanied by a plate of tapas with cheese and sausages. We will discover the secrets of the countryside, where you will see the famous Algarve oranges, ancient Cork trees and some of the oldest villages in the region. You will have free time to visit the picturesque city of Silves, an ancient Moorish village with one of the most beautiful castles in Portugal. The cobbled streets add even more charm to Silves.
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  • 3 to 4 hours
  • Free Cancellation
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$55.77
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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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  • 6 to 7 hours
  • Free Cancellation
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$27.96
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Silves and Monchique - Including WineTasting
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Silves and Monchique - Including WineTasting

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Go beyond the usual mainstream itineraries, accompanied by one of the most highly rated portuguese tour guide. Delving into the best experiences of the Algarve, while not having to worry about driving between popular spots and hidden gems, will improve your vacation time. In addition to receiving personalized attention you will get the inside scoop on the culture, traditions, and gastronomy of the region. We´ll take you along scenic backroads, through orange groves, avocado plantations, almond trees, olive trees, cork oaks, carob trees and much more, including Monchique (springs, stunning views) and Silves, the ancient medieval capital of the Algarve, where you can also experience excellent local restaurant. Finally, you will taste 3 different wines in a beautiful vineyard. Sometimes, we may change the visit order of places due to the mountain climate.
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  • 6 hours
  • Free Cancellation
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$87.14
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$87.14
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Algarve a la Carte
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Algarve a la Carte

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This is a day of discovery and history where you visit some of the most interesting and scenic areas of the Algarve. Steeped in tradition, encompassing the mountains and the sea it’s the perfect way to acquaint yourself with the Algarve. Our route follows lesser travelled paths, giving you a discerning view of Portugal’s past and present.
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  • 7 hours
  • Free Cancellation
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$98.76
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Algarve with Benagil Caves Cruise included - Private tour from Lisbon

Algarve with Benagil Caves Cruise included - Private tour from Lisbon

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- Visit the most exclusive places in Algarve: Silves, Lagos and Carvoeiro. - Take a boat ride in Carvoeiro beach and explore the beautiful sea caves of Benagil - Relax and enjoy a flexible private tour in a luxury car exclusively for you - Away from buses and crowds - Full assistance from a professional guide that will be always available to attend your needs - Private guided visits inside the monuments
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  • 12 hours
  • Free Cancellation
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$307.90
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$307.90
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Jeep half day tour of our Algarve coast and mountains

Jeep half day tour of our Algarve coast and mountains

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Do you want to feel the adrenaline of 4 × 4 and get to know the Algarve's nature? Come and stroll through the Algarve mountains in our fabulous 4 × 4 jeeps! A fun and different experience that will take you to explore rural Portugal. Leaving for the adventure from the village of Alvor, passing through beautiful landscapes of our coast, we will explore the secrets of the interior of our mountain range, cohabiting with the River Arade with a place to cool off in the natural pools of the Estômbar fountains, before head to the rural interior of Silves. You will have the best time of your vacation, with the company of a very knowledgeable driver, even visiting the hidden Algarve and seeing its spectacular scenery. Safe & Clean certified company by Turismo de Portugal.
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  • 4 hours
  • Free Cancellation
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$50.45
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Group Tour to Silves and Monchique

Group Tour to Silves and Monchique

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Discover the Moorish influences with a visit to the city of Silves and its castle, from the XI century, one of the Moorish fortifications in the Algarve. Excursion also has a pleasant visit to Caldas de Monchique, famous for its waters and wonderful landscapes. We also have the climb to the highest point in the Algarve, Foia de Monchique with its 902 m altitude and a complete view of the Algarve.
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  • 4 hours
  • Free Cancellation
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$46.48
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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
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$173.12
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From Portimão: Boat Trip to the Medieval Town of Silves

From Portimão: Boat Trip to the Medieval Town of Silves

Enjoy a spectacular and relaxing boat trip up the Arade River, with no waves and nausea. Arriving in Silves, you can take a walk and visit the medieval town of Silves - the City of Portugal's Kings.
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  • 3 hours
  • Free Cancellation
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$35.75
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$35.75

Private Algarve Tour for 1 to 8 people

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
  • Free Cancellation
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$175.09
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$175.09
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Private tour of 1 to 8 people in the Algarve

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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  • 12 to 13 hours
  • Free Cancellation
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$754.07
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Enjoy Three Days in Algarve ( Hotel & Transfers & Tours )

Enjoy Three Days in Algarve ( Hotel & Transfers & Tours )

Our tour of 3 days and 2 nights in the Algarve. This is a tour package created for tourists who pass through our country and I want to know a little about the gastronomy and culture of the Algarve region, also having the opportunity to visit some of the most beautiful beaches and landscapes in the world. The service provided in this tour package consists of collecting customers from the train station to the airport in the Algarve region. We gather our guests at the hotel, which is The next day, we tour the region, visiting historic places. Day 1 -Transfer to the hotel -Customer Arrival Day, with a short visit to Praia da Gale, beach located near the hotel Day 2 Visit to: -Sao Rafael Beach -Marinha Beach -Portimao & Praia da Rocha -Lagos old town -Ponta da Piedade -Forte de Sagres -Cabo de Sao Vicente "The end of the world" -Sagres Day 3 visit to: -Silves Castle and old town -Albufeira old town -Marina of Albufeira -Transfer to the Airoport By : Enjoy Albufeira Drivers
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  • 3 days
  • Free Cancellation
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$307.90
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Private Algarve Tour for 1 to 8 people

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
  • Free Cancellation
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$174.28
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$174.28
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What are Silves Castle (Castelo de Silves) hours of operation?
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Silves Castle (Castelo de Silves) hours of operation: Open daily 9am - 6pm. Buy tickets in advance on Viator. If you book with Viator, you can cancel at least 24 hours before the start date of your tour for a full refund.
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Should I book Silves Castle (Castelo de Silves) tickets in advance?
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We recommend booking e-tickets ahead of time to secure your spot since Silves Castle (Castelo de Silves) can get crowded. If you book with Viator, you can cancel at least 24 hours before the start date of your tour for a full refund.
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How much does it cost to visit Silves Castle (Castelo de Silves) 2022?
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Currently, an entrance ticket to Silves Castle (Castelo de Silves) costs USD 27.96. Guided Silves Castle (Castelo de Silves) tours start around USD 27.96 per person.
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