Silves And Monchique Half Day Bus Tour - Albufeira

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Key Details

  • Mobile Voucher Accepted
  • Hotel pickup Available
  • Duration: 5 Hrs
  • Language:
    English
  • Departure Time :
    02:00 PM
  • Departure Details :
    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 ema.. read more
  • Return Details :
    Returns to original departure point
  • Cancellation Policy :
    This activity is non-refundable Tours booked using discount coupon codes will be non refundable.

Overview

Visit the towns of Silves and Monchique and discover Moorish history, elegant architecture and stunning Algarve scenery! With a friendly local guide at your side, explore the town of Silves and visit on your own its star attraction, the impressive Castle of Silves. After admiring the fortress, ogle the views from Fia, the tallest mountain in the Algarve, standing 902 meters above sea level. If the day is bright, take the change to see the entire coast line and the ocean. Here you will also have free time for shopping the local handicraft and try a typical liquor.

Highlights

  • Led by a local guide
  • Hotel pickup included
  • Comprehensive tour of the city
  • Family friendly

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Itinerary
This is a typical itinerary for this product

Stop At: Castelo de Silves, Silves, Faro District, Algarve

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. Set out to see its sights on a walking tour and learn all about the towns history from your guide.
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 todays stately architecture originates from the 19th century when Silves came back into prominence.

Duration: 30 minutes

Stop At: Silves Cathedral, Silves, Faro District, Algarve

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: 30 minutes

Stop At: Caldas de Monchique, Monchique, Faro District, Algarve

Travel north to Caldas de Monchique, a natural spa town with candy-colored houses surrounded by densely forested hills. Enjoy some free time to explore independently the towns pretty church and natural fountains, sample some of the local po com chourio (bread with chorizo - not included) while admiring the views and perhaps shop for local handicrafts to take home.

Duration: 40 minutes

Stop At: Mount Foia, Monchique, Faro District, Algarve

Before leaving the area, stop to admire the views from Fia, 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

Inclusions

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

Exclusions

Gratuities

Food and drinks

Entry/Admission - Castelo de Silves

Entry/Admission - Silves Cathedral

Additional Info

Confirmation will be received at time of booking

Not wheelchair accessible

Near public transportation

Infants must sit on laps

Most travelers can participate

This experience requires a minimum number of travelers. If its canceled because the minimum isnt met, youll be offered a different date/experience or a full refund

This tour/activity will have a maximum of 49 travelers

Face masks required for travelers in public areas

Face masks required for guides in public areas

Hand sanitizer available to travelers and staff

Social distancing enforced throughout experience

Transportation vehicles regularly sanitized

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  • 16-Jul-2022

    The town of Silves was beautiful with a fantastic castle. Unfortunately the whole trip felt a bit rushed. We almost spent more time travelling than time in the destinations. In Monchique we only saw the view from the mountains no time to stop and see the town.

  • 06-Jul-2022

    Silves ist eine wunderschöne Stadt und Monchique eine wunderschöne Gegend und ein schönes Dorf. Wir haben in Silves gewohnt und es ist immer wieder schön gewesen durch die Gassen zu schlendern. Es geht über Kopfsteinpflaster auf und ab, es empfiehlt sich daher gutes Schuhwerk.

  • 21-Apr-2022

    Spent way too much time in a bus picking up folks and never stopped in the town of Monchique so the name of the tour is deceiving. Our tour guide was lovely but on top of a tip for her and our driver we also tipped shuttle drivers.

  • 16-Apr-2022

    Views were fantastic and Anna was wonderful telling us a bit of where to go and what to see in Silves.

  • 12-Apr-2022

    Minibus was very late picking us up with no explanation of what was happening next. Eventually joined the main coach and made our way to first stop. The tour guide was very good and knowledgable and we had plenty of time in Silves to explore. Back on the coach to Monchique and Foia and again very knowledgable guide gave lots of information on trees. Coach was too hot and on the windy roads several people then threw up. Be warned if you are not on the main coach from the start you are stuck with what’s left seat wise and not allowed to change at any point so with no view out the window on any part of the journey the majority of my trip was wasted

  • 08-Mar-2022

    Beyond our expectations. The guide tour is an amazing lady with tons of area knowledge. Silves a must see

  • 18-Jan-2022

    Great driver/guide..gave us a lot of local information great trip. Times allowed at scenic spots just right

  • 27-Oct-2019

    Girls 7 & 4 years old enjoyed it even though they are usually hard to get walking. Clambered all over castle with panoramic views after ascending a good incline. Loved beautiful path upholl to natural spring and shopped til they dropped at highest point in Portugal. Great value trip for a cultural taster.

  • 06-Aug-2019

    Lovely place to visit, very hilly in parts. Nice cafe and bars. The castle is outstanding with views across silves

  • 06-Jun-2019

    A faire si vous aimez visiter les monuments de l'Algarve. Beau château aux pierres rouges qui domine le sommet du village. Dans son enceinte vous pourrez en faire le tour grâce à de petits escaliers qui vous donnent des vues sur le pourtour. Il y fait très chaud, pensez à prendre de l'eau...

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