Tourism has hardly affected Monchique, thankfully. An area of dramatic hills in North West Algarve, the Monchique region is one where nature and traditional Portuguese culture thrive together. The Monchique Mountains are not comparable to the soaring peaks of the Alps or the Pyrenees for example, but are certainly more than a range of hills! Monchique in Portugal is an unbelievable attractive region, completely detached from the high pace of life and international style attractions of the coast. The peace and quiet is almost tangible from a Monchique villa, but if you would like more adventure, the more infamous attractions of the Algarve are close by and easily accessible.
The highest point in the Monchique Mountains is just over 900metres, but there is still some magnificent terrain for outdoor adventure. The fantastic climate which blesses the area means that the mountains are covered in lush, varied sub-tropical vegetation. There are many springs, pools and rivers which have been popular for swimming and refreshing dips since Roman times, especially the numerous hot springs which emerge from the mountain side. The hot springs of Fonte Santa da Malhada Quente and Cadas de Monchique are particularly therapeutic.
If you are looking for somewhere to escape the pace and stress of your daily working life, you are spoilt for choice with places for where to hide in the Monchique Mountains, Portugal. The many walking trails which dissect the region take you through some of the most rural areas of the Algarve, offering unsurpassed views across the region, all the way to the sea. There are over 300km of walking trails through the hills, the most popular of which is the circular Santa Bica Boa Trail which is sheltered by ancient trees, meaning it is easily usable throughout the year, even in the heat of the summer sun. There are some much tougher routes available too, where mountain climbing and mountaineering are essential. There is a huge amount of climbing to be done from a Monchique property, and equipment is available from many local towns and villages. Mountain biking also thrives in the region, with trails ranging from family trails to some fairly fearsome descents.
A self catering Monchique villa is the ideal base for tours of the Algarve whilst staying in peace. From the tranquillity of a Monchique holiday rental, you can be on the beach of Praia da Rocha, exploring the towns of Portimao and Lagos or having a round on Penina Golf Course with just half an hour.
The town of Monchique itself lies between two hills, and is an ideal place to take a holiday rental villa if you are looking for somewhere to hide in the Monchique Mountains, Portugal for a few weeks. The steep, cobbled streets hold a genuinely peaceful, rural atmosphere, and from every restaurant, café and villa in Monchique, the views across the Algarve are sensational.
The village of Caldas de Monchique is a wonderful little village. Know in Roman times as a spa centre, the three hot water springs that emanate from the hillside emerge at a constant temperature, and are still a huge attraction for those wishing to sooth weary muscles during their time in the Monchique Mountains, Portugal.
A holiday rental is a place to hide in the Monchique Mountains, and the walking, climbing and biking trails are perfectly accessible all year round. In winter, daily temperatures in the high teens (˚C) are perfect for outdoor activities, and when temperatures begin to soar in the summer, there is plenty of shade to be found and the beaches are only 30 minutes away.
A holiday rental villa in Monchique is just over an hour from Faro International Airport (FAO). Taking a hire car from the airport is advised, but if you would prefer not to drive during your holiday in the Monchique area, there are other transfer options available from the airport including coach and taxi services.