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Monchique Tours

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Monchique

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.

Address: Monchique, Algarve, Portugal
Admission: Free
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9 Tours and Activities to Experience Monchique

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Monchique Half Day Small-Group Tour from Lagos

Monchique Half Day Small-Group Tour from Lagos

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Explore the town of Mochique and Fóia, the highest mountain in the south of Portugual, on this tour from Lagos. You’ll travel with a small group of just six people or fewer, which means you’ll get personalized attention from your guide and enjoy plenty of time to ask questions. Stroll through the quaint streets of Mochique and stand atop the peak of Fóia to snap photos of the Algarve spread out below.
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  • 3 to 4 hours
  • Free Cancellation
  • Taking safety measures
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$47.88
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Small-Group Day Tour of Silves and Monchique with Wine Tasting

Small-Group Day Tour of Silves and Monchique with Wine Tasting

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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!
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  • 6 to 7 hours
  • Free Cancellation
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$79.80
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Serra de Monchique Highlights - 4x4 Private Safari Tour

Serra de Monchique Highlights - 4x4 Private Safari Tour

"Feel the Beauty of Nature". Book now to explore the highlights of the Serra de Monchique with this guided tour. Our comfortable 4x4 gives space for 6 passengers and it´s a private tour. Included is hotel pick up, lunch suggestions, a responsible and fun driver. Feel free to bring your own pick nick lunch, or let us suggest you a local restaurant, depending on your taste, budget and interests. Discover many interesting, beautiful and well hidden places of the western Algarve. In this private “jeep safari”, you will have the 4WD car exclusively for your group of maximum 6 passengers.
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  • 8 hours
  • Free Cancellation
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Silves, Monchique Safari Experience - Full Day

Silves, Monchique Safari Experience - Full Day

A unique safari experience across the highest peaks of Algarve by comfortable hardtop Land Rovers driven by experienced driver. Silves (first capital of Algarve and Monchique will be a guarantee of beautiful landscape, gorgeous green areas with lots of stops, special local traditions, history, full details by well informed local driver; Best lunch ever. A day to remember.
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  • 7 hours
  • Free Cancellation
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$98.22
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Birdwatching in the Monchique hills

Birdwatching in the Monchique hills

Tours in the Monhique hills to discover woodland birds. It will be possible to see different species than the ones found on the coast.
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  • 5 to 7 hours
  • Free Cancellation
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$84.62
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Birdwatching week for bird entousiasts

Birdwatching week for bird entousiasts

Birdwatching on the best spots in Southern Portugal en full board accomodation from landing at Faro airport to departure from the same airport.
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  • 8 days
  • Free Cancellation
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$1,705.35
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Laid-back birdwatching week

Laid-back birdwatching week

Great tour to discover the Algarvian nature and culture at a slow pace
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  • 8 days
  • Free Cancellation
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Private Algarve Tidbits Route

Private Algarve Tidbits Route

Go off the beaten track and discover a side to the Algarve that is missed by most visitors on this guided tour. In a small group, travel around the countryside of central Algarve, exploring the region's heritage and sampling its traditional cuisine, finishing with a lunch accompanied by local wines.
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  • 6 to 8 hours
  • Free Cancellation
  • Taking safety measures
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$883.98
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West Coast Tour - Lagos, Sagres and Monchique

West Coast Tour - Lagos, Sagres and Monchique

Meet the southwest Algarve. The route has as its first stop the caves Ponta da Piedade. Then we go to the Cape of São Vicente where we have lunch and head to the Algarvian Sierra where the last stop will be Monchique.
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  • 7 hours
  • Free Cancellation
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$92.17
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