High above the coast, in cooler mountainous woodlands, the picturesque hamlet of Monchique makes a lovely base for exploring the surrounding area, with some excellent options for walking, biking and canoeing. Nearby Caldas de Monchique, a locally famous spa town, is another alluring factor.
Set in the forested Serra de Monchique, the Algarve’s mountain range, lying some 24km north of Portimão, Monchique is also known for having the best brews of the fiery medronho, a locally made liqueur.
Fires regularly affect this area during summer. These cause widespread damage and ongoing frustration at the lack of measures to prevent the devastation.