Silves
Boat Tours & River Cruises

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From Portimão: Boat River Cruise to Silves Medieval City

1. 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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From Portimão: Rio Arade Boat Tour

2. 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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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!

It is helpful to find out more about Silves in advance. It is not an explanatory tour, the guide tries to tell you a few things, but the English is not enough for that. Still, it was a nice trip and the crew was super nice.

This activity is highly recommended. Good views going up the river. Susana very nice. Silves is very pretty.

Had a great time. Our guide, Dimitri was very knowledgeable and great fun, very enjoyable.

Best tour with a wonderful team. A lot of laughs and great experience!