5. From Albufeira: Private Tour To Silves Castle and Monchique
Discover the Algarve on a private tour by car from Albufeira to see Silves Castle, Silves city, and the iconic sites in the Monchique Mountains. Follow your guide as you listen to stories of this historical area, learning about its rich culture en route. Kickstart your day and head straight to the medieval castle of Silves. Walk past the statue of King D. Sancho at the entrance of the castle that dates all the way back to the Christian Reconquest of the Iberian Peninsula by the Portuguese. Continue through the castle to visit the city of Silves. Walk up its picturesque streets filled with craft shops typical of the region. Choose to have lunch in Silves or in Monchique Moutain, at your own expense. Then, make your way to visit the Termas de Monchique.These are a village and spa located to the south of the village of Monchique, The therapeutic properties of local waters have been recognized since the time of the Roman Empire, when they received the designation of sacred waters. Learn how these thermal waters come from eight springs, and are rich in bicarbonate, fluorine, silica, and sodium. They are used as treatment for respiratory and digestive problems, as well as for muscular and rheumatic problems. Carry on to the top of the mountain, Fóia, known as the highest place in the Algarve. Drive through eucalyptus and pine tree forests on your way to the summit, standing at 902 meters high. Marvel at sprawling views from the peak of Fóia, stretching out across western Algarve, Cabo de São Vicente, and Odeceixe. On your way back to Albufeira, choose to make a small stop at the 16th-century Chapel of Bones in Alcantarilha.