Introducing Serra do Caldeirão
Lying around 30km north of Loulé is the stunning region of Serra do Caldeirão, a beautiful protected area of undulating hills, cork trees and harsh scrubland. The area is renowned for its bird varieties. It’s an excellent place to hike – the Via Algarviana goes through here – and a wonderful spot to base oneself to meander through some ancient villages and enjoy the region’s cuisine. A feature of the region are its fontes (traditional water sources, many of which comprise exquisite taps and fountains), highlighted by signs that have been erected in recent years.