Monchique is becoming one of the most desirable locations to take a holiday, live or retire.
Sand Castles or Ipads?
Choosing the Serra de Monchique for your annual holiday or even a short break is becoming very popular for many discerning holiday makers. David Cameron would attest to this since he spent 2 weeks here in July 2013. Margaret Thatcher also stayed here from time to time....er don't let this put you off!
World tourism has taken a turn in the last 10- 20 years, the attraction of sitting on crowded beaches soaking up harmful UV Rays and building sand castles with your kids, who would sadly rather play with their Ipad, has become a thing of the past. This trend has created an ever increasing demand for more rural holidays and the demand for private villas and self catering cottages has spurned a whole new and growing accommodation sector within the tourism world. In the last 3 years alone the self catering rentals world wide has grown by 14%, Portugal had the busiest year on record in 2017 and Monchique is no exception and both commercial and private tourist accommodation establishments have mushroomed lately with the most recent additions being the MacDonald Wellness Centre and the complete renovation of the Village of Caldas de Monchique now offering individual hotels, apartments and health Spa all run from one central reception office.
Just the Way We Like It!
The current Mayor and council of Monchique recognise the growth potential of tourism in the area and actively encourage growth, by providing assistance and organising local events throughout the year and especially in the summer months to entertain both locals and tourists alike. Don't worry, the quaint authenticity of the Serra de Monchique and its towns and villages will not be overwhelmed by hoards of tourists, this is the "Real Portugal" and growth will be gradual..... Just the way we like it!
Regardless of whether you choose to stay in a hotel, cottage or private villa you will always be within walking distance or a short drive of local restaurants or the town of Monchique or Village of Caldas de Monchique. With very quiet roads, no crowds and free parking everywhere your life will be come stress free on your first day here........this is the only way to start your holiday, you just have to try it! The British Prime minister and his family chose to stay in Monchique for their 2013 summer holiday....was it just the free parking...you will have to come and find out for your self!
Unwind and enjoy!
After a few days of unwinding, taking in the fresh air, drinking the local spring water and sampling the local culinary delights you might be ready to venture further afield. Most of the Algarve's major tourist attractions are just a short drive away. Zoo Marine, Sand Sculptures, Castles, Museums, Dolphin Viewing, Karting, the pretty south coast beaches and the wild unspoiled west coast beaches just to name a few are easy to find. Then after a hard day of "Just doing it" you can return from the hustle and bustle to take a cool glass of wine at a cafe in the square in Monchique, or return to the peace and quiet of your villa for a swim and light the BBQ.
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