: Morgado do Reguengos
The Monchique municipality is considered by many to be one of the most unspoilt and stunningly beautiful regions of the Algarve in southern Portugal.
The village of Monchique and surrounding mountainous region offer a peaceful contrast to the coastal areas that form the backbone of the region's tourist industry.
Clearly visible from most of the Algarve are the Foia and Picota mountains, who lend the area its name of Serra de Monchique. The village itself nestles between the two peaks, the one of Foia being the highest point in the Algarve, at 902 metres above sea level.
It is famous for its many hiking trails and lush woodlands that make it ideal for all sorts of outdoor activities, as well as many fresh mountain springs and varied biodiversity.
Monchique is renowned as the 'Garden of the Algarve', and a quick look around it reveals why. It is a lush area, with agriculture taking place mainly on hand built granite terraces. The region is very fertile, with agriculture crops ranging from oranges, lemons, grapes to apples, pears, cherries and chestnut.
The belonging town of Caldas de Monchique has been a famous spa since Roman times, with it´s healing hot sulphur springs still being in use.
The larger towns of Lagos and Portimão with their white sandy beaches of Praia de Rocha and Alvor are only 20 kilometres to the south, equalling to half an hour by car or public transport. The same goes for the unspoilt beaches near Aljezur and Rogil to the west, on more or less the same driving distance.
There are several well known golf courses also on a short driving distance in the area, most well known perhaps the one at Penina near Alvor. A recently opened course at Morgado de Reguengues offers 18 holes on a beautiful location almost in the shadow of the Foia mountains
Faro Airport is about 50 minutes by car.