Welcome to Caldas De Monchique

It has been a popular spa for over two millennia – the Romans loved its 32°C, slightly sulphurous waters, which are said to be good for respiratory and digestive ailments and rheumatism. Dom João II came here for years in an unsuccessful attempt to cure his dropsy.

Floods in 1997 led to the closure of the spa hospital, after which it was redeveloped into a spa resort and its picturesque buildings repainted pale pink, green and yellow.

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$23.56 Cultural & Theme Tours

Algarve to Silves and Monchique Day Trip with Guide

Start your excursion with a hotel pickup, and then travel north to the ancient town of Silves, your first stop of the day. Home to a magnificent Moorish castle surrounded by terracotta-roofed houses, the town has history and pretty scenery in equal measures. Set out to see its sights on a walking tour and learn all about the town’s history from your guide. With its lofty hill-top location, the town was a strategically important stronghold for the Moors after their invasion in the 8th century. Wealth flowed into Silves during its Moorish Middle Age heyday only to be wiped out after a century of power struggles and a devastating earthquake. Much of today’s stately architecture originates from the 19th century when Silves came back into prominence. Admire the architecture and sights such as Silves Cathedral as you wander through the streets that lead to Silves Castle. Pay your entrance fee direct, and then head inside the impressive fortress to explore. Restored in the 1940s, the castle is thought to date as far back as the 11th century and features such as its central vaults have been beautifully preserved. Admire views over the town and the Algarve from the castle walls, and then return to your coach with your guide.Travel north to Caldas de Monchique, a spa town with candy-colored houses surrounded by densely forested hills. Enjoy some free time to explore independently and perhaps shop for local handicrafts to take home. Then, meet back up with your guide to see the town’s pretty church and sample some of the local pão com chouriço (bread with chorizo) while admiring the views. Before leaving the area, stop to admire the views from Fóia, the 2,959-foot (902-meter) mountain that towers over the whole Algarve. Soak up the vistas, and then return to your coach for the journey back to your Algarve hotel.

$56.55 Day Trips & Excursions

Western Algarve Small-Group Day Trip to Sagres, Lagos and Silves

On this tour, you will travel to the western part of the Algarve region: from Sagres to Silves get ready for an outstanding day out! Before lunch, in Lagos, you can choose to have a boat trip at Lagos to see old caves formed over thousands of years or instead a walking tour inside the old medieval ramparts.Early in the morning we set off on a comfortable 9-seater minivan, heading for the Cape of St. Vincent. Upon arriving at this location, we are in the southwestern end of Europe, so it is best to prepare your camera for absolutely stunning photos! Nowadays, there is a red lighthouse that shelters a small museum depicting the period of the maritime Discoveries, also where some old Fortress ruins remains. We then proceed to Sagres, a key location in the history of Portuguese maritime expansion. Here we will also be able to observe the amazing coves on the Ocean, vestiges of ancient civilizations and old ruins. Delight yourself with the landscape and the infinite blue covering the skyline. Lagos is our next stop. Here you can choose a walking tour or a boat trip. In the walking tour, we will explore the old medieval city with its ramparts that transport us to another era. Lagos maintains an excellent complicity with the sea, and everything from architecture to gastronomy demonstrates this connection. The boat trip lasts (+/-) 1 hour and you can see caves formed over thousands of years, an authentic natural wonder that does not leave anyone disappointed. After an invigorating lunch at a regional cuisine restaurant ('tasca'), we set off for Fóia. With a little more than 900m (2,959 ft) of altitude, it is the highest point of the Algarve region. But it is the gorgeous view at the summit that allows us to see clearly the extent of the coast. Take a deep breath and soak up the natural scents in front of you. Feel free also to visit an agglomeration of local artisans. Now that you feel rejuvenated, we go to Caldas de Monchique, a thermal complex dating from the Romans. With verdant vegetation, this place is set in a beautiful valley, excellent for those looking to rest, away from the hustle and bustle of the city. Explore the place at your leisure and feel the well-being invade your body and spirit. We go now to our last stopping point. The quiet town of Silves is also nestled in a valley with a proud castle on the top, the largest in the whole Algarve and a great example of Islamic architecture. The vivid colors of the buildings' facades, the narrow streets, the Arade River and the green hillside make Silves a great way to end the day before returning to your accommodation.

$69.51 Cultural & Theme Tours

Silves & Caldas & Monchique Full Day

We will make the pick-up at your hotel and we went to this experience.We will head towards the historic village of Silves, where we will discover the corners of this Algarve village. The castle is a must-see, where we will get to know this fantastic monument better.The Silves Cathedral right next door also calls us away and we’ll go there! We will visit the Archeology Museum of Silves, a unique place, full of historical pieces that tell the history of the region. We also stop for a wine tasting, where you will taste some of the wines produced in the region. Then we will go down and walk along the river Arade.Then we have time for Lunch (not included). In the afternoon we go to the mountains! Monchique is right up there. Even before Monchique we stop at the Thermal Spa of Caldas de Monchique, a very picturesque place full of history and an unparalleled natural beauty. Let's see some of the well-known thermal spring water sources.With evergreen vegetation, it allows us to have fantastic views.The small town of Monchique is quite warm and we can walk in its small streets. We then go to Fóia, the highest point in the Algarve and one of the largest in Portugal.With 902 meters of height, we were able to have a 360º view of breathtaking.Come with South Explorers to discover this paradise on earth!