Monchique, a small market town situated in the Serra de Monchique, the mountain range just above the Algarve with amazing views over valleys and forests down to the sea, settled between the two highest mountains Fóia (902mtrs.) and Picota (702mtrs,)
You find everything you need for a laid back, relaxing holiday in the town of Monchique. There are a lot of little shops and some small supermarkets, different kinds of handicraft shops, butchers, with products such as free range black pig, a daily market where every Friday there is a special emphasis on organic food and of course there are banks, a post-office, chemists, doctors, dentists, a hospital, hairdressers and some boutiques.
In the centre of Monchique is a nice square with cafes and a park.
In the last few years the Serra de Monchique has become popular with walkers and bikers, there are many signposted trails with different levels of difficulty and some trails for cultural walks to mills, chapels, monumental trees and waterfalls.
Taking a holiday in Monchique doesn’t mean you have to stay away from the beach. A 30 to 40 min. drive brings you to either the west or the southcoast with a big selection of wonderful beaches.
Laguna at Praia da Amoreira
We love to go to the west coast, specially in high season when the beaches at the south coast have more visitors. If you like to surf we recommend Praia Amado or Praia de Arrifana and if you looking for good beach to bring your kids you should go to Praia da Amoreira which has a nice lagoon sheltered from the big waves where even toddlers can safely enjoy the freedom to play in the water.