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Shopping in Monchique Algarve Portugal

 
 



Shopping in Monchique and Portimao


Organic food?

Local shops comprise of a variety of bakers, butchers, coffee shops, tea rooms and supermarkets, where you can buy freshly baked bread, black pork and locally grown vegetables. By the way, the local produce is all "organic" but at normal prices......the locals do not grow anything that is not "organic" they know no difference so you will not see everything labled organic with high prices as you do elsewhere in the world. Just another example of the authenticity of Monchique. Shopping in the small local shops supports them of course and will give you an opportunity to meet them also, they will greatly appreciate your support.

Convenience

For those shoppers who prefer convenience and to buy everything in one store then there is a new Intermarche supermarket with fresh fish and fresh meat counter, a wide selection of fresh fruit and veg and a comprehensive wine selection. Here you can buy everything from groceries to electronics with ample parking and even a cafe to revitalise you for more shopping! There is a Spar supermarket and several smaller independant supermarkets under the name of Coviran. Several hardware stores and a builders merchant.   Parking everywhere in Monchique is Free, including the supervised underground car park.

Algarve's newest and largest mall

Portimao has now become the capital of shopping in the Algarve and has surpassed Faro in number of modern shops and malls and Portimao is just 20 minutes drive from Monchique.

Boasting the largest shopping mall on the Algarve, Aqua Portimao is constructed on three floors and has 117 shops and restaurants plus a hypermarket, again underground parking is plenty and free.  There is an excellent choice including many big names such as Primark, H & M, Zara, Foot Locker, Mango, Massimo Dutti and much more. It is open daily from 0900 to 2400. There
are also numerous other supermarkets in Portimao such as Lidl and Aldi plus shopping centres and opposite Aqua Portimao a retail centre with C & A, Sport Zone, Guimaraes shoes and Casa homeware.

Ladies, here you can safely "Shop until you drop"!
 
Monchique to get Cable Car and Worlds Longest Zip Line

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"






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