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From Lagos: Small-Group 4-Hour Wine Tasting Tour

1. From Lagos: Small-Group 4-Hour Wine Tasting Tour

Enjoy a relaxing wine tasting experience and discover a rich diversity of high-quality wines from a local winery on a 4-hour small-group tour aboard a minivan. Discover three amazing local wines accompanied by a plate of tapas with cheese and sausages. Visit the winery's production room and wooden barrel room to see where the magic takes place. You will then return to Lagos via the region's stunning countryside, to stop and see the famous Algarve oranges, ancient Cork trees, and some of the oldest villages of the region. Enjoy some free time to visit the ancient Moorish village of Silves, and walk along its cobbled streets making your way up to its castle before you head back to your accommodation in Lagos.

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Algarve: Historic and Cultural Group Tour of West Algarve

2. Algarve: Historic and Cultural Group Tour of West Algarve

Departing from Albufeira, get picked up from your hotel (or another convenient, close place) and enjoy the views as you drive towards Silves, one of the oldest cities in the Algarve. In Silves, visit the oldest cathedral in Algarve as well as its largest castle. Stop at Monchique, the tallest mountain in Algarve. Immerse yourself in the lush natural surroundings. Go to the top to see amazing views from the highest point in Algarve. Stop at a local restaurant for a nice lunch on the way down. In the afternoon, you will be taken to Lagos, another important city in Algarve. Admire the inside of the golden church of Santo António, and go to a 15th-century slave market, the old town, and the fortress. Finally, stop in Sagres, popularly known as "the end of the world", as it is the most southwestern point in continental Europe. Let the splendid views of the coast, beautiful rock formations, and the great lighthouse take your breath away. After your last stop in Sagres, return to Albufeira.

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From Portimão: Boat River Cruise to Silves Medieval City

3. From Portimão: Boat River Cruise to Silves Medieval City

Enjoy a spectacular and relaxing boat trip up the Arade River, with no waves, during which you can observe various types of birds and animals - such as storks, herons, flamingoes, and turtles. Arriving in Silves, you can take a walk and visit the medieval town of Silves. This city is where the kings of Portugal would spend their holidays in the summer, in its imposing castle. Explore its wonderful churches and medieval streets. You can also enjoy a visit to the market and shops, or simply sit in one of the many esplanades or seafood restaurants, and have a drink or savor some food.

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Silves, Caldas and Monchique Wine Tasting: Full Day Tour

4. Silves, Caldas and Monchique Wine Tasting: Full Day Tour

After being collected from your hotel, you will head towards the historic village of Silves, where you will discover in detail the Algarve village. The castle is a must-see, and you will be able to explore this fantastic monument in detail. The tour then continues with the Silves Cathedral, as well as the Archeology Museum of Silves, a unique place full of historical pieces that tell the history of the region. Following this you will stop for a wine tasting, where you will taste some of the wines local to the region. You will then go down and walk along the river Arade, before taking a break for lunch. In the afternoon you will head up to the mountains, where Monchique is waiting for you. Before reaching Monchique you will stop at the Thermal Spa of Caldas de Monchique, a very picturesque place full of history and an unparalleled natural beauty. Here you will see some of the well-known thermal spring water sources. You will then proceed onward to Fóia, the highest point in the Algarve region and one of the largest in Portugal. With 902 meters of height, you will be able to gain a breathtaking 360º view of the entire area.

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From Albufeira: Wine Tasting Tour and Silves Visit

5. From Albufeira: Wine Tasting Tour and Silves Visit

The day begins with pickup from your hotel in Albufeira and heads out into the rolling countryside of the Algarve. Soak up stunning views of the green landscapes that surround you as you make your way to two family-owned wineries. At each winery, learn about the wine making process from grape to glass and taste a selection of fine Portuguese wines. Afterwards, visit the charming town of Silves, boasting picturesque cobblestone streets and an impressive red brick castle. Spend some free time exploring on your own, learn about the rich-history of this Medieval town, and get a sense of Silves' culture as you mingle with the locals. At the end of an unforgettable day, sit back and relax on the return journey to your hotel.

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Albufeira: Silves Castle and Old Town with Chapel of Bones

6. Albufeira: Silves Castle and Old Town with Chapel of Bones

Following pickup from your Albufeira accommodation, begin a day out enjoying the medieval Silves Castle. As well as the castle itself, take in the statue of King D. Sancho I at the castle's entrance. This statue dates back to the time of the Christian Reconquest of the Iberian Peninsula, the Portuguese monarch D. Sancho. Following the castle, visit the cathedral of Silves before taking the opportunity to explore the old city, making the descent through the old and tight streets. There you can admire the many local stores, small shops, and cafes, which have decades of history behind them. As you make you way back near the river in Silves, make a short stop to the Chapel of Bones in Alcantarilha. Once having arrived back in Albufeira, your friendly guide returns you to your accommodation where your tour concludes.

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From Portimão: Rio Arade Boat Tour

7. From Portimão: Rio Arade Boat Tour

Start your boat tour at the pier near the ruins of the Old Convent of São Francisco. Feel the history of this beautiful river, the second largest in the Algarve, as it takes you back in time past stunning medieval towns. Sail through the calm waters of the river to the beautiful medieval city of Silves. Make your way down the river to the fishing village of Ferragudo and to the Castle of São João do Arade, passing by the famous Marina of Portimão. Then, ascend the river, passing by the Museum of Portimão, the former Canning Fish Factory. Sail along the Riverside Zone of Portimão, passing by the best and most famous sardine restaurants.

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Algarve: The Best of the West Full Day Tour

8. Algarve: The Best of the West Full Day Tour

Visit the old Moorish capital of the Algarve, the city of Silves, with its picturesque Castle. Stop to visit the small village of Caldas de Monchique with its famous spa, recognized since Roman times for its healing properties. Arrive at Foia, the highest point of the Algarve, with its 902m altitude and with a breathtaking view, and taste the typical liqueurs of the region while admiring the landscape. Make a stop for lunch at a typical restaurant in the Serra de Monchique, where a traditional Algarve meal will be served. Visit Lagos, a city that has always been linked to the sea, where the epic of the Portuguese Discoveries began in the 15th century. Travel to the most "Southwest point in Europe", after leaving Lagos, and make a stop at Ponta da Piedade, known for its rock formations and panoramic views. Finish the tour in Sagres, also known as the "End of the World", where the sun goes down behind the endless ocean, and observe the most amazing and breathing sunset from the top of cliffs. Be returned to the pickup location at the end of the tour.

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What people are saying about Silves

Had a fabulous day weather-wise for this trip, which undoubtedly helps, but can't recommend it enough. The boat Captain and guide are fabulous personalities that couldn't do enough to make the trip more enjoyable for everyone. Really appreciated having 2hrs in Silves when other trips offer much less time than that and could have spent another hour there at least!

Very nice trip with João, we had a private trip. The wines were lord and it was nice to be able to experience the process up close. Well worth booking.

Perfect wine tasting experience ever! David is such a great host. Very cheerful, friendly and sharing lots of information with us. Highly recommended!

It was very interesting and the tapas wine tasting was delicious. The tourist guide António was very nice and knowledgeable. absolutely recommendable!

Wonderful guide Thomas and super nice tour! Can recommend!