Free walking tour of historic Silves

Duration: 2h
Languages: English
Guru: Thyl
Quality Verified Registered on February 22, 2023

Hello, I am Thyl (pronounced “Teel”). I moved to the town of Silves 5 years ago and love it! I am an explorer and a painter, as well as a nature and history enthusiast. It is a joy to share with others the places and landscapes that I find interesting and to transmit some local knowledge. A few years ago I started guiding (and driving) tours with small groups in the local countryside (Jeep Safaris in the hills, Boat Cruises on the river and Walking Tours). The main interest was nature but I always hoped one day to also focus on the culture of the place where I live. At home, my bookcase is full of history books and now, after the necessary research, I am pleased to present, in a fun and friendly way, the amazing town where I live.

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  • No minimum number of attendees
    No minimum number of attendees is required for the tour
  • Free booking and cancellation
    Free payment tour, no set price, booking and cancellation are free

Tour description

The Beauty of Silves and a Taste of History!

Join me for a friendly walk through time and a visit of the beautiful medieval town where I live. Silves has a picturesque setting and an interesting story to tell us about past civilizations. Our walk gives an overview of the main sights, a taste of the little streets, and some hidden surprises.

We meet at the river and go up the hill to the castle. We pass the Roman bridge, the dock, the market, the town square, and the city walls. We will enter the cathedral for a brief visit (1.5€ entrance fee). We will also leave the trodden path to visit some of the back streets. There are some great places to eat and drink and I will show you one of my favourite hidden gems.

This experience ends at the top of the town next to the castle. From here you can visit the castle by yourself or have an easy walk back down to the meeting point. You may also decide to have a meal or stay in Silves a little longer. 

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What will we visit on this tour?

  • Meeting point:
    5HP6+GWR Silves, Portugal
    5HP6+GWR Silves, Portugal
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    I will wait for you at the entrance of the Ponte Romana restaurant (a few meters from the pedestrian bridge which is also called the Ponte Romana). I will be wearing a blue cap.

  • 1
    Outside visit
    Ponte romana de Silves / Ponte Velha de Silves
  • 2
    Outside visit
    Mercado Municipal de Silves
  • 3
    Outside visit
    Câmara Municipal de Silves
  • 4
    Outside visit
    Praça do Município
  • 5
    Outside visit
    Museu Municipal de Arqueologia de Silves
  • 6
    Entrance not included
    Sé Catedral de Silves
  • 7
    Outside visit
    Rua da Porta da Azóia
  • 8
    Outside visit
    Castelo de Silves

How much does this tour cost?

Free tours do not have a set price, instead, each person gives the guru at the end of the tour the amount that he or she considers appropriate (these usually range from €10 to $50 depending on satisfaction with the tour).

Tour opinions

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Mario 01 Nov 2023
Quebec City

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Travelled in couple - Oct 2023
Nous avons eu une visite en français, dans notre langue! Il s'exprime aussi très bien en anglais. Even if we were only two people, he did not cancel our booking and did the visit in French for us.
Judith 23 Oct 2023

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Travelled alone - Oct 2023
A very informative walk. I learned a lot!
Druanne 24 Sep 2023

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Travelled in group - Sep 2023
Thyl was very well informed about the history of Silves and the Algarve and was easy to understand. Greatly enjoyed his tour!
Roland 01 Sep 2023

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Travelled in couple - Sep 2023
We had agreat time with Thyl. He knows al lot about Silves and can talk about it enthousiastically. He speaks different languages, such as French, English and even Dutch. We would recommend a tour with him very much because he is friendly and kind.
David 24 Aug 2023

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Travelled in couple - Aug 2023
Very knowledgeable? Friendly and professional
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Who is this tour for?

Non suitable for people with reduced mobility.
Accepts reservations up to 25 people.
Not suitable for pets.

What should you know?

Minimum of attendees
There is no minimum number of people required for the tour.
Additional costs:
The tour requires the payment of entrance fees or additional expenses.
Free cancellation
If you will not be able to attend the tour, please cancel your booking, otherwise the guide will be waiting for you.
Payment methods
Only cash payment is accepted.
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