A trip to the Algarve at the end of the summer, the most beautiful time of the year, when mass tourism is over, and the sun is still shining while temperatures begin to cool down. Enjoy the wonders of the Ria Formosa, the breathtaking cliffs and beautiful beaches on the South-West coast in complete freedom, sea food and the freshest fish ever . This is the perfect retreat to delve deep into the traditional fishing activity, tasting a stunning cuisine based on exceptional regional produce, and sharing moments with local people.
Welcome to the Algarve! Mid-afternoon the group gather at Gato Preto de Silves ( check-in from 3 p.m.) and will be welcomed with a garden aperitivo with local appetizers. Time to settle into your rooms and to enjoy a relaxing afternoon by the pool until sunset while waiting for the in-house cooking show that will kick off our exciting 5-day retreat.
Welcome Garden Aperitivo and dinner with Cooking show
After breakfast, we will head to the South-West coast famous for its cliffs and long wild beaches. We will take a short walk to enjoy the beautiful scenery from the high cliffs and go to find out what fishermen eat after a night of fishing at sea, treating ourselves to a classic 'petisco'. We will visit the Sagres fortress and learn about the workings of the fish market, sharing with the fishermen a moment that is part of their everyday routine: buying fish at the local auction. And to end on a high note, we will go to a small village to taste authentic delicacies of the sea cooked by a local Chef with 30 years of experience: clams and other shellfish, bivalves and freshly caught fish.
Breakfast, light snack and dinner with wine
We visit the Saturday fish market in Portimão, the day of the week with the best and largest selection of fresh fish and marisco of the whole week. For Algarvians, Saturday is the day to buy fresh fish and have a barbecue at home with family and friends. We will return to Gato Preto to learn the secrets of a perfect fish barbecue mastered by José. During our cooking class we will teach you how to prepare the dishes that traditionally accompany a fish bbq. Enjoy the afternoon by the pool to relax. Afterwards, optional activities on demand are available. Dinner today is on your own.
Breakfast and Lunch
After breakfast, we venture to Olhão to start our boat tour to discover the wonders of the Ria formosa: soft beaches, crystal clear water, oysters and marisco, a traditional meal prepared at the fisherman's house on the island along with his mother on a typical Sunday family lunch. Delve deep into the traditional phishing activity to which the inhabitants have been dedicated since ever. Taste a variety of superior quality bivalves known throughout the world and enjoy time to relax during the afternoon.
Breakfast and lunch
After breakfast, we say our final goodbyes! Those who wish to extend their stay in the Algarve can book a few more nights at the B&B to enjoy additional time to relax in the Algarve's beautiful interior countryside and explore the region.
Lunch and Dinner
4 Night Accommodation
A 7-Hour Private Boat Tour in the Ria Formosa
A Fish BBQ Class with a Grill Master
A Thrilling Fish Auction and Dinner with a Chef
All transfers for the scheduled activities
Dinner on day 1 and day 2
Vinegars Cooking Show
Transfer from/to airport
Dinner on day 3 and 4 (available on request)
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Gato Preto de Silves
Gato Preto de Silves is a charming rural retreat wisely renovated by their owners in 2011 when they decided to write a new chapter of their lives, leaving the city behind and devoting their heart and senses to the beautiful Algarvian countryside.
The property is surrounded by several acres of orange groves and a stylish pool with a stunning view across the valley.
The Gato Preto de Silves is an authentic 'buen retiro' with only three independent cabins (Amarilys, Old Portugal, Silves dos Mouros) an annex with independent access and outside lounge area, called 'Alma do Barrocal' and two en-suite (Call of the country and Pink room), just few kilometers from the most beautiful beaches in the Algarve, such as Praia from Marinha and Carvoeiro. The cabins in the garden are all equipped with a kitchen, a stylish ensuite bathroom, a tea/coffee corner, free wi-fi, and a private terrace with sofas and hammock.
It is the ideal place for those who want to get to know the Algarve through the hands-on guidance of local people who will make you feel welcomed with warmth and authenticity. You will to delve into local culture and gastronomy, based on excellent products, with a view to sustainable tourism in support of local communities.
Just want to take a minute to recommend Gloria and Matteo at the Algarve Food Experience. They have a wonderful B&B near Silves in the Algarve that has lovely rooms, a pool and a great view of the valley. And the two of them are charming and thoughtful and organized the most wonderful tour with local artisans, citrus farm, vinegar makers and others. They were amazingly patient with the various needs of our group and are just lovely people themselves. Highly recommend reaching out to them if you are planning a trip to Portugal.
Brinton Suzanne Ramsey
My trip included 10 days trekking around the beautiful algarve area with Mateo and Gloria. They are exceptional hosts who are now friends. The trip was well organized and the itinerary they put together was wonderful. Great food, wine and experiences most travelers will never have. I highly recommend!
Had an unforgettable trip in the beautiful Algarve with Gloria and Mateo! They are fun, knowledgeable and very patient hosts. Breakfast was always delicious. All of the activities on our trip were wonderful. So glad finally made this trip. Hope to return soon.
What an amazing wonderful experience - 8 days in the Algarve with Gloria and Mateo! Both were so knowledgeable about the area and were quite patient in answering our questions and meeting the requests of 8 women (not an easy job). The various experiences they included in our trip were the best ever! Their Bed & Breakfast, Gato Preto, was absolutely stunning. I highly recommend the Algarve Food Experience and look forward to returning to the Algarve in the future with Gloria and Mateo!
Gato Preto de Silves is a traditional guesthouse consisting of 3 Independent Garden Cabins with private kitchenette, 1 detached annex (Alma do Barrocal) also with private kitchenette, and one room located inside the main house that is the ideal for solo travelers: a super cozy pink room with a luxury bathroom with a large window on the surrounding valleys of orange groves. If you are looking for more privacy, please choose the garden cabins or the detached annex with private access. If you don't mind to have no kitchenette, and stay in the main house, go for the solo traveller room.You can also add extras like transfer from/to Faro airport or extend your stay, arriving or leaving few days before or after the retreat. You can see where the cabins are located on the property by taking a look to map overview. For more pictures and details visit: www.gatopretodesilves.com
The following terms apply to retreats (multi-day tours) booked on our platform or through affiliate partners: Deposit of 20% is not refundable Final balance is due within 60 days before retreat's start
Yes, we do allow to pay in 6 monthly instalments, with the first one being 500€ non refundable. The remaining 5 payments will be deducted from your credit card at the end of each month until completion of the balance due.
The retreat officially starts at 3 p.m. on Thursday 5th October, but you can request to arrive earlier by sending an e-mail to firstname.lastname@example.org.
If you want to reserve lunch, you can add it as a request in the e-mail; this will give you more time to relax for the rest of the afternoon. Or you can take a walk to Silves and visit the town while waiting for check-in.
The Gato Preto de Silves is a 45-minute drive from Faro Airport. Among the extras available at the time of booking, you can add the transfer from Faro to the B&B and also the return, if you need it.
Of course! You may decide to book additional nights before or after the end of the retreat to explore the surroundings or do some extra activities. We would be happy to book you a wine tasting, a massage, or just some free time to read or relax, etc.) When you book your retreat, you can add an extra night by selecting the appropriate option that appears in the extras! If you would like to add more than one night, please email us at: email@example.com
We are sorry that you have to leave early! But, if you need to, you can leave from Faro airport as early as Sunday evening. The last day of the retreat includes a boat trip to the islands of Ria Formosa, which is less than 20 km from Faro airport. Once the trip is over, around 5:00 p.m. to 5:30 p.m., you can leave the group, without returning to the B&B, making sure that you have brought your luggage with you since the morning.
You can take a connecting flight to Faro, which is only an hour or so from Lisbon. Alternatively, you can travel by train by buying the ticket on: https://www.cp.pt/passageiros/en">https://www.cp.pt/passageiros/en.
If you travel by 'Alfa-pendular' (that is national high-speed train line connecting the main Portuguese cities), it will take around 2 hours to get to Tunes, the nearest railway station to Silves.
The weather is normally very sunny and the temperatures are less intense than the summer and the probability that it rains are very low, so the period is ideal for outdoor activities. During the day and night it's normal to have temperature gaps; it happens to be 25ºC ( 77º F) during the day and around 10º C (50º F) at night.
We recommend traveling with light luggage, bringing with you only essential and casual clothing: some T-shirts, garments that wash and dry quickly, a pair of shorts, a pair of trousers and comfortable hiking shoes (those that require ankles), a windbreaker, a heavier sweater for the evening. You don't need formal garments and high heels, but you can only bring a change with less casual clothes. And of course, bath suit and flip-flops for the beach!
At Gato Preto de Silves there is an excellent 5G (fiber optic network) in every cabin and on each private terrace, in the pool and in the common areas. If you want to have internet throughout your stay, you do not need to equip yourself with a Portuguese sim card, simply download the 'Airolo' APP and you can buy mobile data on your mobile phone for the period you need, without having to insert any sim card in the phone.
Your well-being and safety come first for us. In case of food intolerances, allergies or restrictions, please inform us in advance and well in advance in order to offer you valid alternatives.