Discover the city of Silves, an ancient city that was once the Arab capital of Algarve.
Experience the beauty and charm of the Algarve with our exclusive half-day private tour.
Our bespoke tour takes you to the picturesque towns of Silves and Monchique, where you can explore their historic streets and discover the unique culture and traditions of the Algarve.
In Silves, you’ll marvel at the stunning Silves Cathedral and the beautiful Castle of Silves, which offers panoramic views of the town and the surrounding countryside. You’ll also have the opportunity to taste the local cuisine and try some of the region’s
Monchique is a charming town nestled in the hills of the Serra de Monchique. Here, you can visit the Monchique Thermal Spa, where you can relax and rejuvenate in the natural hot springs. You’ll also have the chance to explore the beautiful forests and
hiking trails that surround the town.
Our private tour offers a personalized experience, with a dedicated driver who will take you to all the best spots in Silves and Monchique. With our comfortable transportation, you can sit back, relax and enjoy the beauty of the Algarve in style.
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Get picked up from your accommodation and start your half-day private tour discovering the historic city of Silves, the ancient Arab capital of Algarve. You will be able to see the Silves Castle, one of the best well preserved Moorish castles in the country, and the Silves Cathedral, the main Gothic monument in Algarve.
Silves is a delightful and traditional Portuguese town that makes for an enjoyable day trip from the coastal resorts of the Western Algarve. The peaceful ambiance of the town today does not reflect the historical importance of Silves, which during the North African Moor’s rule of the Algarve (700-1200AD) was the capital and defensive stronghold of the entire region.
Remnants of this illustrious era can be discovered throughout Silves, and include the huge red brick castle, the impregnable city walls and defensive gates.
Then it’s off to Monchique, considered the Garden of Algarve It is a typical village located in a scenic range of rounded hills and is the perfect place to shop for handicrafts and souvenirs.
Monchique is a market town up in Serra de Monchique, which is a thickly wooded mountain range separating the Algarve from Alentejo. The journey up (and down) to Monchique offers spectacular views and is totally different from coastal Algarve.
Going to (or coming from) Monchique, we can take a small detour into the spa of Caldas de Monchique. This is where the Romans built baths to utilize the natural spring waters, which are still in use in the current ‘thermal treatment center’ for treating rheumatism and respiratory illnesses. In 1495 King Joao II visited the spa seeking curative treatments.
The village is set deep in the valley with towering trees, some of them hundreds of years old and buildings so very different from traditional Algarvean houses. They are late 19th, early 20th century and one of them, with its steep roof and spire wouldn’t look out of place in a fairy tale book!
Finally, we will head for Fóia, the highest point in Algarve for a memorable viewpoint experience, before returning to your accommodation and thus completing your Silves and Monchique half-day private tour.
Book your private half-day tour of the Algarve today and discover the beauty of Silves and Monchique in luxury and comfort. It’s an experience you’ll never forget!
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