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 will 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. On the river banks we see various reminders of the past and I will share some historic insight. There will be drinks aboard if you want a refreshment My boat is moored at a beautiful spot on the river 3 kilometres from the centre of SIlves. I will bring you there in my jeep from the meeting point. There is a shallow stretch of river between where my boat is moored and the historic centre of Silves. We will also navigate this section of the Arade, either at the beginning or end of our trip, depending on the timing of the tides.
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.
River cruise on a small motorboat
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.
River Cruise from Silves to the sea.