Welcome to Monchique

Caldas de Monchique, a locally famous spa town, is 6km to the south. 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

Fires regularly affect this area during summer, causing widespread damage and ongoing frustration at the lack of preventative measures, though the countryside regenerates quickly.

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$127.87 Food, Wine & Nightlife

Algarve Private Wine Tasting, Mountaintop Lunch from Portimao

ItineraryThis is a typical itinerary for this productStop At: Quinta do Morgado da Torre, Alvor, Portimao, Faro District, AlgarveTwo of the mentioned wineries are visited. The selection depends of their availabilityDuration: 1 hour 30 minutesStop At: Quinta Do Frances Winery, Silves, Faro District, AlgarveTwo of the mentioned wineries are visited. The selection depends of their availabilityDuration: 1 hourStop At: Cabrita Wines - Quinta da Vinha, Silves, Faro District, AlgarveTwo of the mentioned wineries are visited. The selection depends of their availabilityDuration: 1 hourStop At: Winery Convento do Paraiso, Silves, Faro District, AlgarveTwo of the mentioned wineries are visited. The selection depends of their availabilityDuration: 1 hourStop At: Mount Foia, Monchique, Faro District, AlgarvePanoramic viewsDuration: 10 minutesStop At: Luar da FóiaLunchDuration: 1 hour 30 minutesStop At: Paraíso da MontanhaLunchDuration: 1 hour 30 minutes

$114.17 Tours & Sightseeing

Portimao to Alvor, Ferragudo Private Tour by Vintage Sidecar

ItineraryThis is a typical itinerary for this productPass By: Museu de Portimao, Portimao, Faro District, AlgarveMeeting PointStop At: Igreja de Ferragudo, Ferragudo, Faro District, AlgarvePass the village and go the viewpoint of the churchDuration: 10 minutesPass By: Igreja de Nossa Senhora da Conceicao, Portimao, Faro District, AlgarvePassing the city center through the main attractions.Stop At: Praia Da Rocha, Praia da Rocha, Portimao, Faro District, AlgarveVisit the Fortress of Stª CatarinaDuration: 10 minutesPass By: Praia de Alvor, Portimao, Faro District, AlgarveVisit the Village of Alvor

$124.83 Outdoor Activities

Roman Trails Hiking Tour Including Lunch

Experience the "Roman Trails Walking Tour" in exclusive, an easy hiking tour in Monchique, Algarve´s highest mountain. You will enjoy hiking for 8 kilometres surrounded by nature with a 360º view over the Algarve. We will start this tour in the highest point of the Algarve - Fóia and finish it in the center of the village.  Along the way we will pass by the roman trails that will lead us to the Convent… An historical building that will make you go back in time and discover some stunning details in its ruins. Arriving to the city center, we will taste the traditional Tiborna (a local snack with bread, olive oil and garlic) to open the appetite for a delicious and traditional lunch. Monchique is a traditional village in the Algarve mountains. Known by the traditional Firewater/schnapps and liquors (that you will be able to taste at lunch time). The tour will be with a local guide who will show you all the fauna, flora, traditions, gastronomy, history and culture of Monchique!

$51.38 Cultural & Theme Tours

Monchique Beverage Tour

ItineraryThis is a typical itinerary for this productPass By: Fortaleza de Santa Catarina, Portimao, Faro District, AlgarveOur beautiful starting pointStop At: Quinta Do Frances Winery, Silves, Faro District, AlgarveA magical place with amazing winesDuration: 45 minutesStop At: Casa do Medronho, MarmeleteHere we will try the typical firewater from region.Duration: 45 minutesStop At: Mount Foia, Monchique, Faro District, AlgarveThe highest point in the AlgarveDuration: 30 minutes

$68.50 Tours & Sightseeing

Road Bike challenging ride

We start the ride in Alcantarilha or Silves, both of which are situated a little above sea level, making for a serious climb accumulating around 1600 m. d+ over a distance of 110 km. But our efforts are more than rewarded by the changing scenery as we climb away from the tourist trail; from the orange groves in the Odelouca river valley, the eucalyptus plantations and traditional cork oak and chestnut forests to the huge granite blocks exclusive to the hillsides of Picota and Foía as a former volcanic area. After passing through the mountain towns of Alferce and Monchique we tackle Foia from the northern side, which guarantees minimal traffic and superb mountain scenery with views stretching miles to the North and East.With the climb under our belt there’s an obligatory and rewarding water/coffee stop at the Foía summit. Don’t forget your cameras! Whilst on a clear day you can see a vast area of the Algarve, right down to the south coast and the Atlantic ocean, the elevated situation can bring with it other challenges such as fog and low cloud cover. Starting the descent and as we cruise down the smooth tarmac of the southern slope the warmth of the sun soon returns and it makes for a very comfortable ride back towards the coast, in the knowledge that we have made it to the roof of the Algarve by bike. Times can vary but we aim to complete this ride in approximately 5 hours.

$913.39 Private & Custom Tours


It's time travellers realised there's more to enjoy than the sun-soaked south coast. This mouth-watering tour will present some of the best mountain tidbits, great local wines, secret monuments, privileged points of view, ancestral desserts, history and traditions .Fill up your appetite, prepare your palate and discover the tastier tidbits (petiscos) of the Algarve.The famously known orange kingdom, was first known as the almond kingdom, when a nordic princess married a Moor king. Come and unveil this and other legends of the ancient former capital of the Algarve.Discover the river that feed the land and the people since ages in Silves (Shelb) . Taste the famous oranges and the lendary almond flavours in different ways. Explore the traditions, the architecture and the inventions of the Islamic civilization that survived to our days. Get the panoramic view of the city and the river from the red castle. And find the best ingredients and dishes of our millenarian recognized diet. Come with us and fill yourself of good memories.Home made smoked ham, goat cheese with jams and nuts and wines of the region are just a few examples of the tastings we will provide you in this food tour. Already mouth-watering? Then, add also the wild boar , the chorizo on fire , and others plus various traditional desserts! It is impossible to resist so many delicatessen. To make your experience even more rich and memorable, we will show you several monuments as we stroll along the mountains heading to Monchique . In addition to other places, we will visit the “old alambique” where is still produced the infamous Medronho” (firewater) : After sampling it you are able to taste the young lavandula honey. Already in Monchique we will discover the world known local scissors chair producer, the most amazing piece of handicraft, after a unexpected visit to the local butcher where you will taste a secret speciality. Time to go up to the 903 metters where a gorgeous and generous lunch will be served supported by superior quality white and red wines from the region. After all this you are named a lifetime gourmet traveller. Your driver is always around and waits for you for total  comfort and safety.