Let’s Explore the Algarve

Soaring majestically over the Alentejo and Algarve regions is the Sierra de Monchique, a verdant mountain range blanketed in forest and offering breathtaking vistas. The modest, charming village of Monchique is located in a valley between the Algarve’s two highest hills at an elevation of 450 metres above sea level. In this area, where handicrafts have long been the backbone of the economy, visitors may get a genuine look at rural life. Imagine steep, narrow lanes lined with white cottages that cascade down the hills, and artisan stores selling one-of-a-kind handcrafted goods like soaps, artwork, wickerwork, cork products, and pottery.

Caldas de Monchique is a well-known spa with springs and waterfalls that is located right outside of town. It’s regarded as one of the most picturesque locations in the area and has the nicest and purest water in the entire Algarve.

Hiking, riding, and climbing are all made possible by the mountains and forests that round Monchique. The tallest peak in the Algarve, Mountain Fóia, rises to a height of 902 metres above sea level. From Fóia, there is an amazing panoramic view. The three main ways to get to the top of Fóia are via bicycle, car, or foot. The second highest point in the Serra de Monchique, at 774 metres, is the serene and serene Serra da Picota, which likewise has breathtaking views. It’s a lovely location for animal and bird watching. There are two options for ascending the mountain, you can either go by car or you can hike up to the top.

The area is well known for its cuisine, and there are lots of places to sample the specialties from the area, such as A Charrette, a warm, traditional eatery with a menu full of dishes from the area. Luar Da Fóia, which serves regional cuisine with a focus on black pork dishes, has stunning views of the sea and the Monchique mountains. Authentic “serrana algarvia” food is served at Tasca do Petrol, a restaurant. Make a reservation via phone.