Welcome to Caldas De Monchique

It has been a popular spa for over two millennia – the Romans loved its 32°C, slightly sulphurous waters, which are said to be good for respiratory and digestive ailments and rheumatism. Dom João II came here for years in an unsuccessful attempt to cure his dropsy.

Floods in 1997 led to the closure of the spa hospital, after which it was redeveloped into a spa resort and its picturesque buildings repainted pale pink, green and yellow.

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$23.20 Cultural & Theme Tours

Algarve to Silves and Monchique Day Trip with Guide

Start your excursion with a hotel pickup, and then travel north to the ancient town of Silves, your first stop of the day. Home to a magnificent Moorish castle surrounded by terracotta-roofed houses, the town has history and pretty scenery in equal measures. Set out to see its sights on a walking tour and learn all about the town’s history from your guide. With its lofty hill-top location, the town was a strategically important stronghold for the Moors after their invasion in the 8th century. Wealth flowed into Silves during its Moorish Middle Age heyday only to be wiped out after a century of power struggles and a devastating earthquake. Much of today’s stately architecture originates from the 19th century when Silves came back into prominence. Admire the architecture and sights such as Silves Cathedral as you wander through the streets that lead to Silves Castle. Pay your entrance fee direct, and then head inside the impressive fortress to explore. Restored in the 1940s, the castle is thought to date as far back as the 11th century and features such as its central vaults have been beautifully preserved. Admire views over the town and the Algarve from the castle walls, and then return to your coach with your guide.Travel north to Caldas de Monchique, a spa town with candy-colored houses surrounded by densely forested hills. Enjoy some free time to explore independently and perhaps shop for local handicrafts to take home. Then, meet back up with your guide to see the town’s pretty church and sample some of the local pão com chouriço (bread with chorizo) while admiring the views. Before leaving the area, stop to admire the views from Fóia, the 2,959-foot (902-meter) mountain that towers over the whole Algarve. Soak up the vistas, and then return to your coach for the journey back to your Algarve hotel.

$55.68 Day Trips & Excursions

Western Algarve Small-Group Day Trip to Sagres, Lagos and Silves

On this tour, you will travel to the western part of the Algarve region: from Sagres to Silves get ready for an outstanding day out! Before lunch, in Lagos, you can choose to have a boat trip at Lagos to see old caves formed over thousands of years or instead a walking tour inside the old medieval ramparts.Early in the morning we set off on a comfortable 9-seater minivan, heading for the Cape of St. Vincent. Upon arriving at this location, we are in the southwestern end of Europe, so it is best to prepare your camera for absolutely stunning photos! Nowadays, there is a red lighthouse that shelters a small museum depicting the period of the maritime Discoveries, also where some old Fortress ruins remains. We then proceed to Sagres, a key location in the history of Portuguese maritime expansion. Here we will also be able to observe the amazing coves on the Ocean, vestiges of ancient civilizations and old ruins. Delight yourself with the landscape and the infinite blue covering the skyline. Separated only 1.5 km away from the Sagres Fortress there's another old stronghold ruins, known as Baleeira, that used to defend fishermen from pirates.Before reaching Lagos, we get to Ponta da Piedade lighthouse; see the beautiful beaches of golden sand and stunning cliffs along the coastline. Lagos is our next stop. Here you can choose a walking tour or a boat trip. In the walking tour, we will explore the old medieval city with its ramparts that transport us to another era. Lagos maintains an excellent complicity with the sea, and everything from architecture to gastronomy demonstrates this connection. The boat trip lasts approximately 1-hour and you can see caves formed over thousands of years, an authentic natural wonder that does not leave anyone disappointed. We go now to our last stopping point. The quiet town of Silves is also nestled in a valley with a proud castle on the top, the largest in the whole Algarve and a great example of Islamic architecture. The vivid colors of the buildings' facades, the narrow streets, the Arade River and the green hillside make Silves a great way to end the day before returning to your accommodation.

$68.44 Cultural & Theme Tours

Silves & Caldas & Monchique Full Day

ItineraryThis is a typical itinerary for this productStop At: Castelo de SilvesWe visit this fantastic Castle from the Moorish period, with amazing views to the areaDuration: 1 hourStop At: Silves CathedralAmazing Cathedral with a nice atmosphereDuration: 30 minutesStop At: Museu Municipal de ArqueologiaArcheology Museum of Silves, a unique place full of historical pieces that tell the history of the region.Duration: 30 minutesStop At: Caldas de MonchiqueWe will stop at the Thermal Spa of Caldas de Monchique, a very picturesque place full of history and an unparalleled natural beauty. Here you will see some of the well-known thermal spring water sources.Duration: 45 minutesStop At: Loja do Mel e do MedronhoWe will visit the store of the producers of Medronho, where you will be able to taste the famous Firewater of the mountainDuration: 30 minutesStop At: Mount FoiaThe highest point in the Algarve region and one of the largest in Portugal. With 902 meters of height, you will be able to gain a breathtaking 360º view of the entire area.Duration: 45 minutes

$2800.25 Cultural & Theme Tours

Wellness Retreat in Monchique Hills

DAY 1. Meet with Raimonda, your personal trainer and get a wellness & fitness consultation to help you achieve your goals. Enjoy your free time at the hotel, relax by one of the three pools or spa.DAY 2.Wake up in this peaceful environment, get ready for a fitness class of your choice or simply enjoy spa facilities. Do you feel more experiencing an easy cycling day to Monchique hills through eucalyptus and cork tree forests – a walking tour following the “Roman Trails”, - or a Jeep Mountain Tour till Foia, the highest peak in the Algarve travelling off-road and tasting local Portuguese delicacies?DAY3.Discover the renowned “Thermal Spa Circuit”, using the very best ingredients of the Monchique region. From Flor de Sal exfoliation, body hydration with local spring waters to warm mineral stone massage, indulge with the wonderful natural aromas of Monchique. After a light lunch, head to Serra de Monchique and to artisanal organic spirulina farm, located in a “Natura 2000” pure natural reserve. Learn how the passionate owner produce this superfood, what are its benefits and have the opportunity to taste and bring back some with you! DAY 4. Discover the breath-taking natural wonders of the “Seven Hanging Valleys”, a scenic coastal path where you can admire the best views of the caves and hidden beaches of the Western Algarve. Stop for lunch in a local restaurant or have a picnic on the beach and enjoy the beauty of Praia da Marinha, one of the most beautiful beach of the Algarve, with pristine waters and wonderful rock cliff formations. DAY 5. After a breakfast, get ready for a guided walk to the picturesque village of Caldas de Monchique, famous for its alkaline mineral waters renowned since Roman times for their healing properties. Enjoy a treatment at Villa Termal das Caldas de Monchique Spa, the only thermal spa in the south of Portugal whose alkaline and rich fluoride waters promote immediate well-being. Try the Jet and Vichy showers, whirlpools, thermal relaxation circuit with indoor heated spa pool, sauna and Turkish bath.DAY 6. Have you already tried the amazing multi-sensory experience of “Activated breathwork”, or feel the benefits of the “Japanese Art of Touch” Life energy movements? Both are incredibly beneficial helping to reconnect with your inner self and rebalance your body. Challenge yourself at Stand Up Paddling, in one of the best beach of Portimão.DAY 7. Enjoy a leisure afternoon at your hotel, try one of the spa facilities of your hotel! Choose to use spa facilities at your hotel or go an a guided tour of the medieval town of Silves and try the best oranges of Europe, experience the benefits of Nordic walking and burn 40% more calories that a regular walk, hop on a Jeep Mountain Tour and taste local delicacies or take an easy hiking tour.