Here's an opportunity to tell us what you think about Monchique. Did you rent a villa, stay in Hotels, camp, just a day trip, tell us what you like or disliked. Whether you came on vacation, business or to buy property or whatever have your say.
We spent two weeks here before Easter, the weather was very agreeable for most of the time but we had two days where it rained, so we took a drive to the Alentejo. A wonderful place to relax, hike and take in the views. I ama photographer and the opportunities are amazing. This is one of our most favourite places in Europe.
Monchique is probably one of the nicest places in the Algarve if not the whole of Portugal. You realise this when you just sit and relax and take in the views or in the town just watching and listening to the locals going about their daily business. It's unique these days to find a place that is not ruined with tourists, yet there are plenty of tourists about, they just seem different. I think Monchique attracts a different type.
One of the major attractions apart from the beautiful scenery is the food. We could not find a restaurant we did not like, everyone is a bit different with such a variety of dishes, all local, reasonably priced, actually half the price of those down on the coast. A litre of house wine for 5 Euros, really!
The peaks of Foia and Picota are well worth a visit either walking or by car, the views are spectacular. There are plenty of level walks along the contour roads and tracks, they are well signposted so you won't get lost. Thee is plenty of accommodation, from Hotels to Bed and Breakfasts to luxury villas, we stayed at Caldas and found it more than satisfactory. The Tapas bar there is quite good too.
We can't wait to return.
Visited Monchique a couple of years ago and enjoyed it ever so much. The scenery and views are wonderful and so green compared to the rest of the Algarve which is dry and scrub. Its the cork oaks which make it so green. We went on many a picnic in the area next to streams, I can't remember the names and we ate out in a couple of the restaurants both were excellent value and great traditional food.
The town centre is cute with cobbled streets, cafe's, restaurants and craft shops. Some great architecture and chimneys. All in all it is a very safe and relaxing atmosphere and it is still the old Portugal. I would consider retiring there if ever I get the chance, but in the meantime will just have to settle for holidays, having a look now that's how I found this site.
We arrived on our boat from the UK on our world tour and stayed in the marina at Portimao, we loved the Algarve so much that we started to look at buying a bolt hole here. This is when we discovered Monchique, it is beautiful, there is no other way to describe it, so we bought a villa, sold the boat and have no regrets, we don't need to see the world anymore, we have everything we need here.
We spent 4 weeks in our motor-home exploring this region and alternated between campsites and dry camping. We had spent a few weeks down at the coast but found that was just too busy so the mountains of Monchique beckoned which suited us much better. We have a biggish rig but found parking okay in most places including the Intermarche Supermarket where we stocked up on provisions several times. Parking at the heliport was great too which made it easy to walk into town where we ate at several of the restaurants there, our favourite was O Parque just up the hill opposite the tourist information.
We camped right at the top of Foia Mountain, a bit windy in the daytime but the wind dropped and the night was just peace and quiet and the views to the coast at night are amazing, lights stretching for probably 80 miles or so.
We enjoyed every minute and can't wait to return to explore more next year.
Our first visit to Monchique and we think it is a great place to spend a holiday. We had two weeks in October in a lovely villa we rented which really made the whole trip worthwhile. We spent a couple of days just relaxing and taking in the panoramic views from the villa but for the rest we were out and about. There are some great scenic drives around both mountains and took picnics with us each time. We walked from where we parked, my wife is a photographer so there were plenty of opportunities for her. We saw vultures on the one day circling high above.
We went to several beaches on the west coast, they are simply stunning, Arrifana, Monte Clerigo, and Amoreiras, so natural and unspoiled, we ate at one of the beach restaurants I forget its name, it was good too. We ate at several restaurants in Monchique all were good. Loved Jardim das Oliveiras and A Charette in the town also Foz do Banho at Caldas de Monchique is excellent too, we like our food and love Portuguese cuisine, such variety and so different to what we are used to.
The town of Monchique is cute and we spent many an hour at cafes in the square just watching the world go by, there are some interesting sculptures dotted around the town. We took a walk up to the ruined monastery its a pity it is not restored. There are some great shops too, the wife bought some gifts and cork products to take home.
We spent a day in Lagos and a day in Portimao, the Sardine museum in Portimao is very interesting. We had a great time in Monchique and there is so much more to see so we will be back to sample more.