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Algarve: Silves, Mt Foia, Lagos, & Cape St. Vicente Day Trip

1. Algarve: Silves, Mt Foia, Lagos, & Cape St. Vicente Day Trip

Join a full-day tour to some of the most interesting and scenic locations in the Algarve. Explore the old town in Silves, climb Mount Foia, step back in time at Lagos, and visit Cape St. Vicente, the most southwestern point in Europe. Your first stop is Silves, the former Moorish capital. Visit the oldest part of the city where both the largest castle in the Algarve and the oldest cathedral are located.  Next, head to Mount Foia and take in the views. Climb the Serra de Monchique and make your way to the highest point of the Algarve. Take some spectacular photos and, on your way down, make an optional stop for lunch (cost not included).  In the afternoon, visit Lagos and discover the former slave market dating back to the 16th century. See the golden church of Santo António, the fortress, and the old town. Continue toward Cape St. Vicente, the most southwestern point of Europe. See landmarks including the lighthouse, the fishing port of Baleeira, and the fortress of Sagres.

Algarve: Countryside and Vineyard Tour with Wine Tasting

2. Algarve: Countryside and Vineyard Tour with Wine Tasting

Taste the finest wines while exploring the countryside and culture of the Algarve region on this guided day trip that includes hotel transfers. Stop in Silves, the former capital of the Algarve, and admire its Arabic architecture. Go all the way up to Fóia, the highest mountain in the area. After a hotel pickup, head to Silves, which was once the capital of the Moorish Kingdom of the Algarve. Get free time to visit Silves Castle and Silves Cathedral, both built with the red sandstone characteristic of the area. Next, make your way through the Monchique mountains to Fóia, the highest point in the Algarve. Take pictures and enjoy an opportunity to taste one of the liqueurs typical of the region. Then, descend to a viewing point and stop for lunch (not included). Continue to the family-run wine estate of Quinta dos Vales, set amid rolling vines, stylish villas, tennis courts, and outdoor pools. Take a guided tour of the vineyards and cellars. Taste the locally produced wines and enjoy the flavors of homemade bread along with olive oil.

Silves, Caldas and Monchique Wine Tasting: Full Day Tour

3. 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.

From Alvor: Silves Castle & Monchique Mountains Bus Tour

4. From Alvor: Silves Castle & Monchique Mountains Bus Tour

Discover southern Portugal with a bus trip from Alvor to Silves and Monchique. Listen as your guide details the history of Silves Castle and Silves Cathedral, both of which were built from a red stone indigenous to the area. Ascend the Monchique mountains to Fóia and taste a traditional liqueur. Begin your tour by meeting your guide in Alvor and enjoying an air-conditioned bus ride to Silves. Explore the first Arab capital of the Kingdom of Algarve, including Silves Castle, estimated to have been built around 200 BC, and Silves Cathedral, a national monument built in the 13th century. Then it's time to head into the Monchique mountain range, known for its diverse array of plants and vegetation. Visit Fóia, the highest peak, to take photos of the magnificent panoramic views and taste-test a liqueur native to the region. Then it's time to board the bus and drive back home to Alvor.

Algarve: The Best of the West Full Day Tour

5. 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.

From Quarteira, Albufeira, or Portimão: Silves & Monchique

6. From Quarteira, Albufeira, or Portimão: Silves & Monchique

The magical city of Silves is an enchanting example of the Arab influence that was present in its history and in its architecture, clearly evident due to the most important castle in the Algarve. You will have time to experience the thermal spa of Caldas De Monchique located in the heart of the Serra de Monchique Natural Park. Foia is situated within a stunning landscape and is famous for being the highest point of the Algarve. Here in Foia, you have the opportunity to taste the famous Medronho brandy, the most traditional drink in the Algarve made from the fruit harvested on the slopes of the Serra. You will then have some time to relax over a meal and experience local food and hospitality. Lastly you will stop in the traditional village of Monchique located at an altitude of 450 m where we can leisurely walk through its narrow streets and soak in the atmosphere of the unspoilt Algarve.

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What people are saying about Monchique

Overall rating

4.9 / 5

based on 25 reviews

Fantastic day exploring the beautiful countryside of the Algarve. Our guide was Domenica and driver was Paulino and both could not have been more accommodating and ensured the day ran smoothly. Very professional and well-run tour. Definitely one of the highlights of our holiday and would strongly recommend to any other tourists - also very reasonable at £40 per head for a full day’s tour.

It was more than we imagined !! Celebrated my sisters birthday and had a day tour in Algarve with Vanda as our tour guide. She told us all about the local history and fun anecdotes as well as pointed us in the right direction for the best food and wine during the day. She created a fantastic, genuine and truly local experience for us! I highly recommend this tour, 5/5

Excellent tour which is extremely well crafted. In seven hours you get interesting historic capital of local Moorish empire, a park made and fit for kings, the highest point in Algarve with breathtaking views, and three wines. What’s not to like. Plus very intelligent, organized, thoughtful and kind owner of company as tour guide! Can’t miss deal.

We loved our discovery day with Vanda. In addition to being extremely professional, caring and patient, she knows Portugal's rich history inside out. Each place visited is thus presented with historical facts and anecdotes. A busy day that we will remember. Thank you Vanda for this wonderful day!

A really well organised day excursion. Ana, our guide was excellent with great knowledge of the area. She organised a lovely lunch at a local restaurant. The winery was delightful again with a very knowledge young man conducting the tour and tastings. Overall a fab day and excellent value.