Insider's Guide to The Algarve

Major attractions, tips and our top things to see and do.

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When you arrive in Monchique, you may get the idea that you’ve fallen into the picture on a postcard, as this rustic little town of 10,000 people has remained relatively unchanged despite the ever-growing influx of tourists looking for fun in the sun. Monchique’s chief businesses revolve around agricultural products such as grains, oranges, olive oil and a liqueur called medronho, distilled from the berries of the strawberry tree.


The town itself is settled between to large hills, Foia and Picota. And fitting with the postcard-perfect, European-seaside surroundings, Monchique is essentially a maze of rolling cobblestone streets, whitewashed houses and colorful shops where local artisans peddle their wares. Overlooking the town is a 17th century Franciscan monastery, and from this vantage point, visitors can get panoramic views of the entire countryside and the Atlantic coast (possibly for their own postcard pictures).

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Silves and Caldas de Monchique Day Trip from the Algarve

Visit the towns of Silves and Caldas de Monchique on a 5-hour tour, and discover Moorish history, elegant architecture and stunning Algarve scenery! With a ...  Read more

Location: Algarve, Portugal
Duration: 5 hours (approx.)

From USD $28.82

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