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Town Centre, Silves, Portugal

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.

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Small-Group Day Tour of Silves and Monchique with Wine Tasting
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Small-Group Day Tour of Silves and Monchique with Wine Tasting
$74.07 per adult
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Perfect daytrip
Excellent day trip. The tour itself is great, we do a couple of stops off the beaten tracks. Antonio provides good information. i definitely recommend
Guillaume_C, Apr 2022

Recent reviews from experiences in The Algarve

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Views were fantastic and...
Virginia_S, Apr 2022
Silves and Monchique Half Day Bus Tour
Views were fantastic and Anna was wonderful telling us a bit of where to go and what to see in Silves.
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10/10 this amazing tour
BourikTed, Mar 2022
Silves and Monchique Half Day Bus Tour
Beyond our expectations. The guide tour is an amazing lady with tons of area knowledge. Silves a must see
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Best tour ever
Amanda_W, Apr 2022
Small-Group Day Tour of Silves and Monchique with Wine Tasting
Minchique is a hidden gem and we never would have discovered it only for this tour We had a Great day, Antonio was a gentleman and an excellent guide
star-5
Authentic tour of the Algarve
Lamont_D, Mar 2022
Small-Group Day Tour of Silves and Monchique with Wine Tasting
Antonio provided an in depth look at the lesser known parts of the Algarve, which provided a greater appreciation and richer understanding of the culture. The highlights were the natural spring and wine tasting. I highly recommend Antonio for your Algarve tour.
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Family fun
Helen_H, Sep 2020
Silves Castle & Old Town stop at Chapel of Bones
Stunning castle with epic views. The chapel of bones was intriguing. The guide was very knowledgeable and down to earth, we couldn't fault Luis one bit. Thank you so much for a superb experience. We were a family of 6 including an 18 year old, 16 year old, 7 year old and 3 year old.
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Silver & Monchique
Heather_S, Jan 2022
Silves and Monchique Half Day Bus Tour
Great driver/guide..gave us a lot of local information great trip. Times allowed at scenic spots just right
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Tour
Elin_C, May 2021
Small-Group Day Tour of Silves and Monchique with Wine Tasting
Antonio was fantastic - very knowledgable and laid back! Highly recommend this tour. Thanks Antonio!
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Great tour
Edita, Sep 2020
Small-Group Day Tour of Silves and Monchique with Wine Tasting
A lovely day trip, highly recommend! We visited two beautiful historical towns Silves and Monchique, went to Monchique mountain to see a paranormal of Algarve, and finished off with a wine tasting in a local winery. Guide Antonio was great! Very friendly and knowledgeable, he shared lots of interesting facts and stories about every single place we visited. All in all, an awesome tour to book when you want a little break from the beach.

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.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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Frequently Asked Questions
The answers provided below are based on answers previously given by the tour provider to customers’ questions.
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What are the nearest attractions to Silves ?
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What else should I know about attractions in The Algarve?
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