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Monchique

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).

Monchique is also near some hot springs; one is found in the village of Caldas de Monchique and two more bubble south of Picota Hill. These are known as Fonte Santa and are believed to have mystical healing properties. The Romans used these springs as spas, as did royalty from Southern Europe.

Monchique is typical of the communities in this area. The neighboring villages of Alferce and Casais reflect traditional Portuguese mountain life, and Marmelete is a small fishing village. Though this last is a gateway to the sandy beaches of the western Atlantic coast, it is largely unaffected (you might say nonplussed) by tourist incursions.

Address: Monchique, Portugal
Admission: Free
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Hiking & Camping

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Bird watching in the serra de Monchique

Excursion in the serra of Monchique, to discover the birds of the forest environments. It will be possible to observe different species from those found on the coast.
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  • 5 to 7 hours
  • Free Cancellation
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  • 5 to 7 hours
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Cultural Tours

Silves and Caldas de Monchique Day Trip from the Algarve

Discover the Algarve’s unique Moorish influences during this 5-hour guided day trip to the towns of Silves and Caldas de Monchique, departing from the Algarve. This tour uncovers the impressive 11th century Silves Castle, one of the best preserved Moorish fortifications in Portugal. After learning about Moorish history during pleasant walking tour, enjoy free time to explore Caldas de Monchique famous for its medicinal waters. Taste chorizo and local breads while you stroll the town filled with touches of Roman history. Plus, this Algarve half-day tour ascends to the top of Fóia where you can gaze at textured landscape.
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  • 5 to 6 hours
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  • 5 to 6 hours
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Monchique Half Day

Explore the town of Mochique and Fóia, the highest mountain in the south of Portugual, on this tour from Lagos. You’ll travel with a small group of just six people or fewer, which means you’ll get personalized attention from your guide and enjoy plenty of time to ask questions. Stroll through the quaint streets of Mochique and stand atop the peak of Fóia to snap photos of the Algarve spread out below.
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  • 3 to 4 hours
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  • 3 to 4 hours
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Cultural Tours

Silves + Monchique + Wine Tasting

Take a tour to Silves and visit the stunning castle. Then explore the highest Mountain in the South of Portugal, with 360º views for all the Algarve!
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  • 6 to 7 hours
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  • 6 to 7 hours
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Adrenaline & Extreme

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Driver Camp PUR

Driver Camp brings powerful Mercedes convertibles to southern Portugal. Countless curves are just waiting to be finally conquered by these luxury convertibles. Only a few weeks a year you can come to this unique pleasure with our guided tours.Enjoy curve after curve, with the wind in your hair and the sun on your face. Follow our professional instructors. Always on the way to the ideal line.All tours in Driver Camp are accompanied by a professional and highly experienced instructor in a Saftey Car. So you can indulge in the grandiose driving experience and the unique scenic impressions.You choose between the tours PUR (half day tour) and PASSION (full day tour). At Passion & Air you can combine your Passion Tour with a spectacular helicopter flight (Air).Welcome to Driver Camp!
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  • 4 hours
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  • 4 hours

Walking Tours

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DETOX RETREATS

We assume that you have chosen to maximize your precious free time for a Healthy & Fit Vacation to achieve your personal goals, whether it's for weight loss, fitness, detoxification, start a different lifestyle, recover emotionally, grow spiritually or simply relax. Our experts are proud to be able to organize unique and personalized experiences that make this healthy holiday unique in a program tailored to your individual needs.We work with the dedication of our heart and soul to ensure that your vacation begins from the moment you contact us, confident that we will do all that we promise, Exceptional Health Retreats and Good Physical Condition. It is not only our knowledge and services that guarantee a memorable vacation but also our attention to the smallest details that make the difference to choose your customized vacation to achieve your goals.
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  • 7 days
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  • 7 days
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Hiking & Camping

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Week of intense bird watching

Bird watching on the best site of southern Portugal and accommodation full board of arrival in Faro from the same airport.Observation of at least 120 species of birds.
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  • 8 days
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  • 8 days
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Nature & Wildlife

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Relaxing Birdwatching Week

Ideal stay to discover the nature and culture of the Algarve at a leisurely pace.Stay in full board.
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  • 8 days
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  • 8 days
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Cultural Tours

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Mountain Flavours

Discover the intense flavours of the Mountains. Our first stop takes you to pick and taste the famous Algarve Oranges. We follow journey to Silves, the old capital of the region, free time to visit the Moorish Castle and the gothic Cathedral – fees not included. Onwards we go to Pico da Fóia, the highest point in the Algarve, where on a clear day you will have a 360º view over the mountains and the sea. Sample our regional firewater and delicious honey of PDO - Protected Designation of Origin. Free time for lunch not included. The tour continues with a visit to the charming Thermal Villa of Caldas de Monchique, known for its "sacred waters" and Lovers Fountain “Fontes dos Amores”. We end the day visiting a well-known winery in the Algarve
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  • 10 to 11 hours
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  • 10 to 11 hours
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