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River Cruise from Silves to the sea.

Silves, Portugal

Experience hosted by Thylbert

2.5 hoursHosted in English, French, and Portuguese
Committed to safety
This host committed to Airbnb’s COVID-19 safety guidelines.
Up to 5 people
Includes drinks and transportation

What you'll do

The beauty of nature with a taste of adventure!

We cruise down the river Arade, on a motorboat, and turn back just before reaching the sea. Sometimes we glide gently along quiet river banks ... and at other times we go a little faster and feel the wind in our hair.

You will experience a variety of landscapes. Sometimes pure nature, later the river front of Silves, the portof Portimão , the fishing village of Ferragudo and the beach and cliffs of Praia Grande.

The Arade river is not only beautiful, but also of historic interest. It used to be much wider and Phoenician, Roman, Moorish and Portuguese ships all passed this way. We will see some reminders of the past and I will point them out to you. There will be drinks aboard if you want a refreshment.

My boat is moored at a beautiful spot on the river 3 kilometers from Silves and I will bring you there in my jeep.
Other things to note
Minors need to be accompanied by their legal guardian.

COVID - SAFETY MEASURES.
Please look at the section "what we´ll do section" for list of precautions.

Fully licensed and insured. My tourist license RNAAT 376/2019.
The beauty of nature with a taste of adventure!

We cruise down the river Arade, on a motorboat, and turn back just before reaching the sea. Sometimes we glide gently along quiet river banks ... and at other times we go a little faster and feel the wind in our hair.

You will experience a variety of landscapes. Sometimes pure nature, later the river front of Silves, the portof Portimão , the fishing village of Ferragudo an…

What's included

  • Drinks
  • Transportation
    River cruise on a small motorboat

Meet your host, Thylbert

Host on Airbnb since 2016
  • 7 Reviews
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Hello, I am Thyl (pronounced “Teel”). I have lived the last years in the small historic city of Silves and love it ! I am a landscape painter and nature enthusiast and have enjoyed many hours exploring the nearby hills and river. I wish to show you some of the beautiful landscapes I have discovered and share what I have learnt about their nature and history.
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Where you'll be

The river trip starts in pure nature surrounded by river banks and the low hills beyond. As we aproach the city of Portimão the river widens and we pass under some bridges. We see the riverfront, the port and marina. Beyond the city, the river becomes a bay. To our left we see the pretty fishing village of Ferragudo, the castle of São João and the beach and cliffs of Praia Grande. We will also navigate the narrow section of river up to Silves.
Gwen
September 2020
Great river cruise, Thyl is an excellent host and guide with lots of local knowledge to share. Would highly recommend. Thyl also does a really good jeep safari in the hills around Silves with some stunning views.
Michael
September 2019
We vonden de boottocht heel leuk, toch iets meer zien vanuit de boot en ook uit de hoogte met zijn jeep, top! Ook soms lekker hard varen en dan weer dingen over omgeving horen, echt de prijs waard en aan te raden!
Carlos
August 2019
This river ride was absolutely picturesque and relaxing. Thyl is an extremely knowledgeable guide who was easy to talk to. Going up the river is very calm, I definitely recommend wearing some protection from the sun. When you get to the more open part of the river the temperature can change quite quickly so if you're one to get cold easily a light wind breaker will do the trick. lastly the fact Thyl uses a smaller boat make the experience more intimate, as you will be the only people on the ride itself. You'll see other charters passing by with large groups. I highly recommend giving this experience a try.
This river ride was absolutely picturesque and relaxing. Thyl is an extremely knowledgeable guide who was easy to talk to. Going up the river is very calm, I definitely recommend w…
Raquel
August 2019
We had a wonderful time going down the Arade. Thyl was a wonderful and friendly captain, willing to share some history about Silves and Portimão and the river connecting these two cities. It's a really worthy trip and I hope I can repeat the experience soon
We had a wonderful time going down the Arade. Thyl was a wonderful and friendly captain, willing to share some history about Silves and Portimão and the river connecting these two…
Gita
August 2019
I loved being on the water and hearing such interesting facts about the history of the places we passed, I enjoyed the variety of views and seeing the river and the port as well. I would definitely recommend this tour, it was highly enjoyable from start to finish.
I loved being on the water and hearing such interesting facts about the history of the places we passed, I enjoyed the variety of views and seeing the river and the port as well. I…
Alexandra
August 2020
Très chouette balade sur l'Arade Avec l'histoire de Silves et des lieux magiques vus de l'eau

Activity advisory

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Things to know

Cancellation policy

Any experience can be canceled and fully refunded within 24 hours of purchase, or at least 7 days before the experience starts.

Guest requirements

Up to 5 guests ages 5 and up can attend.

What to bring

Comfortable clothes.

The temperature can change quickly on the river so I recommend a wind breaker as well as sun protection.