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Silves and Monchique Half Day Bus Tour

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Guia, Portugal
Silves and Monchique Half Day Bus Tour

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icon6 to 7 hours  (Approx.)
Hotel pickup offered
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iconOffered in: English and 4 more

Overview

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.
  • Half-day excursion to Silves and Monchique from Algarve
  • Learn about Silves’ fascinating Moorish history on a walking tour around the center
  • See Silves Cathedral and explore the beautifully preserved Silves Castle
  • Stop to see the views from Fóia, the tallest mountain in the Algarve
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Hotel pick up & drop-off: If pick up at your hotel is not available a near location will be provided
Air-conditioned vehicle
Professional Multilingual Guided tour to Silves, Monchique & Foia.
WiFi on board
Gratuities
Food and drinks

Departure Point

Traveler pickup is offered
Centrally located hotels in Quarteira, Vilamoura, Albufeira, Armação de Pera, Carvoeiro, Lagoa, Portimão, Vau and Alvor.

Pick up details will be sent to you by email within 24 hours after receiving the booking. Kindly make sure you have inserted the hotel name or accommodation address on your booking.

If your hotel is not available for pick up we will provide a near meeting point.The pick up time will depend on guest's hotel location in Algarve.

Departure Time

9:00 AM
After meeting your guide at your Algarve hotel, start your expedition of the towns of Silves and Monchique. Get comfortable as your air-conditioned coach traverses north to Silves a town erected by the Moors in the 8th century.  Walk along its cobblestone roads brimming with terracotta-roofed dwellings and learn how the Moors poured wealth into this town to bolster its strategic location. Then, hear about how endless strifes with invaders and the disastrous Lisbon earthquake destroyed this once prominent ancient town.

Stroll along the street and observe 19th-century architecture as you are lead to Silves Castle. Enter the 11th-century Castle (own expense), restored in the 1940s and ’50s, and learn how its water collection system fed an underground cistern that provided fresh water to the local dwellings. Next, traverse the castle walls and appreciate the views of the town.

Depart Silves and head further north to Monchique. With plenty of leisure time, explore this Roman spa town and see its cobbled tree-shaded square and 19th-century buildings. Perhaps duck into a few boutique shops filled with local crafts before climbing to the top of Fóia, a 2,960-foot (902-meter) mountain, for picture-perfect Algarve views.

Then hop back into your coach and voyage back to your Algarve hotel where your tour ends.
Itinerary
Stop At:  
Castelo de Silves
Start your excursion with a hotel pickup, and then travel north to the ancient town of Silves, your first stop of the day. Home to a magnificent Moorish castle surrounded by terracotta-roofed houses, the town has history and pretty scenery in equal measures. With its lofty hill-top location, the town was a strategically important stronghold for the Moors after their invasion in the 8th century. Wealth flowed into Silves during its Moorish Middle Age heyday only to be wiped out after a century of power struggles and a devastating earthquake. Much of today’s stately architecture originates from the 19th century when Silves came back into prominence.
Duration: 1 hour 
Admission Ticket Not Included
Stop At:  
Silves Cathedral
Admire the architecture and sights such as Silves Cathedral as you wander through the streets that lead to Silves Castle. Pay your entrance fee direct, and then head inside the impressive fortress to explore. Restored in the 1940s, the castle is thought to date as far back as the 11th century and features such as its central vaults have been beautifully preserved. Admire views over the town and the Algarve from the castle walls, and then return to your coach with your guide.
Duration: 1 hour 
Admission Ticket Not Included
Stop At:  
Mount Foia
In Monchique mountains we will go till Fóia, the highest point in the Algarve, with free time to take pictures, visit a local shop with handcrafted articles and an opportunity to taste one of the typical liqueurs of the region. Admire the views from Fóia, the 2,959-foot (902-meter) mountain that towers over the whole Algarve. Soak up the views from the highest point in Algarve, and then return to your coach for the journey back to your hotel.
Duration: 40 minutes
Admission Ticket Free
  • Confirmation will be received at time of booking
  • Not wheelchair accessible
  • Near public transportation
  • Infants must sit on laps
  • Most travelers can participate
  • This tour/activity will have a maximum of 49 travelers
  • OPERATED BY MTS Globe
You can cancel up to 24 hours in advance of the experience for a full refund.
  • For a full refund, you must cancel at least 24 hours before the experience’s start time.
  • If you cancel less than 24 hours before the experience’s start time, the amount you paid will not be refunded.
  • Any changes made less than 24 hours before the experience’s start time will not be accepted.
  • Cut-off times are based on the experience’s local time.
  • This experience requires a minimum number of travelers. If it’s canceled because the minimum isn’t met, you’ll be offered a different date/experience or a full refund.

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The answers provided below are based on answers previously given by the tour provider to customers’ questions.
Q:
What is the policy on face masks and attendee health during Silves and Monchique Half Day Bus Tour?
A:The policies on face masks and attendee health are:

  • Face masks required for travelers in public areas
  • Face masks required for guides in public areas
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Q:
What is the policy on sanitization during Silves and Monchique Half Day Bus Tour?
A:The policies on sanitization are:

  • Hand sanitizer available to travelers and staff
  • Transportation vehicles regularly sanitized
See all safety measures taken by Silves and Monchique Half Day Bus Tour.
Q:
What is the social distancing policy during Silves and Monchique Half Day Bus Tour?
A:The policy on social distancing is:

  • Social distancing enforced throughout experience
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star-5
Excellent
Gail_B
, May 2019
Coach arrived on time and was brand new by the looks of it. Guide was really good. Would have liked a little longer in Silves but seeing the view from the mountain and the sap town was worthwhile. Fabulous excursion and well worth the money.
star-3
beutifull tour the problem was hot...
tresinha
, Jun 2017
beutifull tour the problem was hot 39 and the bus had no air condation we were soo hot its good that was in the after noon these tour come back at evening..the driver was nice .the tour guide too
star-3
This was the least interesting of...
Christian D
, Jul 2015
This was the least interesting of the various day trips we made in Portugal actually a half-day trip, both because sites were less appealing to us and the guide did not induce much enthusiasm.
star-5
Very informative, although I could...
Elaine W
, Jun 2015
Very informative, although I could have done with a little more time in some of the places as they were so interesting. The guide was very good and knowledgable about the area
star-3
It was an enjoyable and interesting...
Elizabeth H
, May 2015
It was an enjoyable and interesting day, despite the last minute change of instructions re the meeting place. However, we were disappointed that we did not visit Caldas de Monchique - we were told that this area is now privately owned although we later met people who had visited the area. Most of the other members on the tour were German speaking and more information appeared to be given in that language
star-5
excursion à Silves et Monchique
Claudine_P
, Mar 2019
Journée très agréable, guide parlant correctement français. Le restaurant où l'on déjeune est correct malgré le nombre de cars s'y arrêtant.

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