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.