A huge project that promises to “revolutionise” the hilly area of Monchique is in the works, including the construction of a 2.3 kilometre-long cable car and “the world’s largest zip line”.
The news came last week in Barlavento newspaper.
The project is under the auspices of Monchique-based architect Eric Castaldo and may involve a considerable €6 million investment.
If everything goes according to plan, construction will begin next year and the project could be completed by the summer of 2018.
The cable car and zip line will link the town of Monchique to the Picota mountain, offering stunning views of the Algarve’s beautiful mountainside.
The entrance to the cable car will be set up where Monchique’s heliport is currently located.
It will include a restaurant, an ice-cream shop, a playground, WCs and a newsagents/bookstore.
Also on the agenda is a small commercial area with enough room for six shops.
In Picota, there are also plans to open a restaurant and a bar.
The initial idea was to build just a cable car, but there were fears people would “lose interest” in it over the years.
That is when the idea for the zip line came up, as a way of attracting the most daring visitors and residents in the Algarve. Hopes are that other extreme sports can be added to the project, such as paragliding and mountain biking.
Riding the cable car will cost around €6. For now, the plan is to keep the cable car running between April and November. During the winter months, it will open for the weekend or special occasions. If widely requested, it can open during the week as well.
The project will need to undergo an environmental impact study before moving forward, but both the council and the architect agree there should not be any problem with its approval.
Funding the project also should not be a problem, as architect Castaldo told Barlavento many private investors have shown an interest. Courtesy "The Resident"