Monchique Tours

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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).

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.

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Address: Monchique, Portugal
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Western Algarve Small-Group Day Trip to Sagres, Lagos and Silves

This is the ideal tour for travelers with limited time in the Algarve. You’ll discover multiple highlights on one tour including Sagres, Lagos, and Silves. No need to book transport, as round-trip transportation is included. You’ll travel with a small group in a comfortable air-conditioned minivan between dispersed sites. Highlights include Cape of St. Vincent, Fóia, Caldas de Monchique, and Silves Castle. You can either have a walking tour in Lagos or choose to upgrade and go on a boat tour.
  • Duration: 9 hours
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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.
  • Duration: 5 hours
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Silves & Caldas & Monchique Full Day

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!
  • Duration: 6 to 7 hours
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  • Duration: 6 to 7 hours
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