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Monchique Holidays

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Algarve holidays

A mountain town of natural highs

Monchique may be inland, but who needs the coast when you're surrounded by transfixing peaks in one of Portugal's most peaceful regions. Choose a holiday to Monchique and you'll discover a side of the Algarve that often goes uncovered, but offers ravishing rewards. 

Ringed by the forested Serra de Monchique mountain range, the pretty little town is beloved for its handsomely coloured, cobbled streets and tranquil central square, bedecked with fountains and rock rose blooms. But charming as the town is, it's the majestic mountains that deserve your attention. Explore Monchique's hiking trails,  bike down thrilling trails or spend a day spotting the rare birds that make the fragrant pine, orange, eucalyptus, oak and cork trees their homes. 

Whether it's on account of the mystic waters of the nearby Caldas de Monchique - discovered by the Ancient Romans and reputed to have healing properties - or simply Mother Nature's restorative touch, one thing's for sure: you'll feel refreshed and reinvigorated after a holiday in Monchique.

Your Monchique questions, answered

Rent a car from Faro Airport. You'll have to go slow on the hour's drive up winding roads - all the better for savouring the views.
Feast your way through smoked ham, enchido sausages, garlicky-lemon grilled pork, piri piri chicken, almond sweets and fiery medronho liquor.
See the town bathed in warm orange from the 17th century ruins of Convento de Nossa Senhora do Desterro, a 15-minute walk up the hill.

Best things to do in Monchique

Take a soak

Feel the worries of the world melt away in the natural warm waters of the Caldas de Monchique spa, reputed to have healing properties.

Visit Parqua da Mina

For something different, spend a day at Parque da Mina, a theme park centred on Monchique's iron ore mine and liquor medronho production.

Reach new heights

Climb up Mount Fóia, the Algarves' highest peak. On a clear day you can see all the way down to the Atlantic.