Full Day Romans & Moors in Algarve
 

Castelo de Silves  

  

 

Enter in this trip back to the past and discover a different Algarve

 

Highlights

 CASTLE OF SILVES * CATHEDRAL OF SILVES * SILVESMUSEUM OF ARCHEOLOGY * ROMAN RUINS OF CERRO DA VILA * WALKING TOUR IN FARO
 
 
Included                                                                                                   Price p/person (minimum 15 pax)
 
Transportation in an air-conditioned bus.                                 From 41 to 48 people:  37€ 
Pick-up and drop-off at your hotel in Faro area.                       From 35 to 40 people:  41€
Official tourist guide.                                                               From 21 to 34 people:  55€
Entrances Fees.                                                                      From 15 to 20 people:  68€ 
 
 
Full Day Tour Romans & Moors in Algarve
 
 
Algarve  Silves CastleSilves Castle  Cerro da Vila  Faro
 

 

Our tour will start with a drive from Faro to Silves. Silves or Xelb, as the Moors used to call it, was the old Muslim capital of Algarve. In Muslim times, this city was a centre of culture, and it was a favourite place for poets, scientists and well-educated people.

The beautiful castle of Xelb is made of red sandstone, typical of Silves, which gives the castle its characteristic reddish tone. In its interior we can still see the huge cistern, very important in case of siege. Our visit to the Silves Museum of Archaeology, where we can still see a Moorish well, will help you to better understand the level of development the city achieved during the Moorish period. Free time for lunch in Silves. 

In Vilamoura, well-known for its touristic attractions, we can also visit the Roman Ruins of Cerro de Vila. Located really close to the marina of Vilamoura, this rustic villa enjoyed the benefits of its privileged location near the sea. This roman villa included a residential zone, bath-houses and a fish-salting factory. Today we can still see vestiges of a large room for receptions, the bedrooms or cubicula, the kitchen or culina and the cryptoporticum.

It is now time to go back to Faro, the capital city of Algarve. Faro was called Ossónoba by the Romans and it was also an important city in Moorish times. Its historical centre is still surrounded by walls. The Arab Gateway (Porta Árabe) is a horseshoe-shaped arch, which was once one of the entrances into the city. To pass through this gateway is to make a trip back to the past...