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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.

Portimão: Arade River and Silves History Tour

2. Portimão: Arade River and Silves History Tour

Come and explore the beautiful Arade River and experience a journey between between Portimão and Silves which is full of history. You will have about 1.5 hours to visit this wonderful medieval city, which contains numerous monuments, a castle, a museum, and excellent gastronomy. Throughout your tour, you will enjoy an unforgettable and unique experience aboard a solar-powered boat. You will travel on a boat so silent that all you will be able to hear yourself glide though the water, as well as hear the sounds of the waves hitting the shore. Combining comfort and fun, this tour is great for couples, families, and groups. Capacity has been reduced by 30% to ensure all guests' safety during the trip. The Arade River has forever been of great importance in connecting Silves (the Islamic capital of the Algarve between the 8th and 13th centuries) to the sea. For centuries, the Arade was the scenery of important merchant trades, and was sailed by many cultures including the Phoenicians, Romans, Vikings, and Moors, among others. Ships came to carry minerals, oranges, cork, wood, figs, almonds, carobs, fish, salt, among other various riches of this region.

From Albufeira: Historical Algarve Region Tour

3. From Albufeira: Historical Algarve Region Tour

Start the tour after getting picked up from your hotel or any meeting point in the Albufeira area, travel to the destination of Silves, the castle is a must-see, and the Silves Cathedral, a unique place full of historical pieces that tell the history of the region. Proceed onward to Fóia, the highest point in the Algarve region, with 902 meters of height. Next stop it's to visit Cabo São Vicente in Sagres, this is the most southwesterly point in Continental Europe. Admire the Fortaleza de Sagres, an essential military monument in the time of the discoveries. You will have spare time to lunch here. We move to Lagos, where you will visit the city centre. Next we are heading to the Ponta da Piedade with an outstanding rock formation on top of the sea. After this, you will be returning to your hotel.

From Albufeira: Half-Day Winery Tour and Silves

4. From Albufeira: Half-Day Winery Tour and Silves

Start with pickup from your hotel or resort and travel by a comfortable air-conditioned vehicle through the Algarve countryside. Enjoy the beautiful scenery of cork trees, groves of orange trees, and picturesque villages throughout the journey.  Visit a family-owned winery and take a guided tour of the vineyard and wine cellar. Learn about the history of wine production in the region and the winemaking process. After the tour, enjoy tastings variety of wines produced onsite.  Then, travel to the charming town of Silves. Enjoy a short visit to the town and take a leisurely stroll along the cobblestone streets to the impressive Moorish castle - located at the top of the town. After some time in Silves, return to your hotel in Albufeira.

Algarve: Full-Day Guided Sightseeing Tour with Lunch

5. Algarve: Full-Day Guided Sightseeing Tour with Lunch

This is a day of discovery and history where you will visit some of the most interesting and scenic areas of the Algarve. Our route follows lesser travelled paths, giving you a discerning view of Portugal’s past and present. We travel to the town of Silves. Here there is time to visit the impressive cathedral and to wander the narrow streets and alleys (entrance fees not included). From here we continue our ascent into the Monchique Mountain. We will visit the charming little spa village of Caldas de Monchique, with springs of proven medicinal properties. Following the winding road, we reach the highest point in the Algarve – Fóia – standing at 902m above sea-level. The views here are dramatic and the air incredibly pure. Downhill then from Fóia, crossing the countryside and stopping in the small village of Marmelete where you have time to enjoy lunch in one of the local restaurants (included). After lunch we go straight to Costa Vicentina, to visit some magnificent beaches where you can have some time to walk around, take some excellent pictures, relax and enjoy the view. Then it’s on to the ‘end of the world’ – Cape St. Vincent, the southwestern point of Europe, where you can feel the wilderness of the place! The lighthouse that rises in this place defies the elements and is one of the most important in Europe due to its strategic position. Passage through Sagres, a typical fishing village and its sheltered fishing port.

From Albufeira: Full-Day Wine Tasting Tour with a Guide

6. From Albufeira: Full-Day Wine Tasting Tour with a Guide

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.

Algarve: Silves and Vineyard Tour with Wine Tasting

7. Algarve: Silves 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. 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. You will then have free time to purchase lunch at your expense. Continue to a family-run wine estate, 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

8. 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.

Silves: Algarvian Winery Tour and Tasting Experience

9. Silves: Algarvian Winery Tour and Tasting Experience

Explore a small family owned winery in Silves on this guided tour. Stroll through lush country vineyards and discover how Algarvian wine is crafted. Treat yourself to an array of flavors as you try local food, wine, and oils. Head to a wine estate in Silves to meet a local winemaker. Walk through a mix of unspoiled nature and cultivated land. Admire the vineyards where Algarvian wine begins its journey to the bottle. Follow your host to olive groves, fruit trees, flower gardens, and a lake. Hear about the production of wine, olive oil, and verjus (acidic grape juice). Stimulate your senses as you taste these local specialties paired with a variety of snacks. Sample the winery's premium Sentidos Tato red wine.

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

10. 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.

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4.7 / 5

based on 582 reviews

A well-structured, well-managed tour that gave us a brilliant day to remember. The two wineries we visited were smaller, regional producers whose size enables them to focus on making superlative wines of exceptional quality in relatively low quantities (each producing slightly less than 100K bottles...or around 8,000 cases per year). This gives them control over their products, resulting in wonderful wines in which they take well-deserved pride. Their enthusiasm in explaining their production methods, and sharing their insights into the variables of climate, terroir and distribution provided a singular education on the whole wine-making process. This was well-worth the trip!

We cannot recommend this trip enough. From the moment we were picked up at our hotel to the time we were dropped off 8.5 hours later - we were so well taken care of. Our guides were so helpful, answering our many questions and giving us insight into the life and history of the Algarve. We saw so many places and had a wonderful lunch. Our guides Diego, Hugo and Tomas were kind and helpful - all being local they knew so much about the area. We had plenty of time to shop in different places, to stop for a cappucino, and mostly to see so many sights. Highly recommend everyone take this tour with this wonderful company!!

Went to this lovely tour with my husband. Guide was really nice local guy and knew a lot about everything that we had questions for like history etc. The wineyard was cute quite small wineyard and the wines we got to taste were excellent. Would really recommend this experience.

Great trip with a really great guide. Was a great day. The west of the Algarve was varied and interesting. The guide explained a lot and catered to our needs. We felt very comfortable. Can recommend it.

Amazing day! Bruno was amazing. We learned so much about Portuguese history, geography and wine, all while enjoying the gorgeous scenery. I can't recommend this enough.