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Feel at home with a holiday villa in Monchique.

The Monchique region of Portugal is located in the thickly wooded mountain range that separates the Algarve coast from Alentejo. The views from Monchique alone are worth a visit, and the region is unlike anywhere else in Algarve. The climate is cooler and the pace is slow. This is truly a place to unwind and soak in nature. HomeAway has a number of villas in the Monchique region, including villas and homes.

When searching for a apartments the Monchique region, HomeAway is the place to start. There are villas with stunning views and modern amenities such as satellite television and internet access. For those travelling with pets or children, a holiday rental in the Monchique region is a terrific option. Properties with pools, multiple bedrooms, terraces, gardens and barbecues are easy to find and book with HomeAway. Furthermore, HomeAway offers holiday rentals in nearby regions, ideal for travellers who like to move from place to place. Choose from a selection of comfortable holiday homes in Faro, or head west along the coast to Carvoeiro.

Things to do

Old Town Monchique:

The old city centre of Monchique is characterised by narrow cobbled streets that criss-cross their way up the hillside. Charming cafés and traditional restaurants are plentiful. The town square has benches and trees for relaxing as well as a replica of a traditional Moorish water wheel.

Nossa Senhora dos Remedios:

This baroque sanctuary was built in the 18th century in honour of the patron saint of Lamego. The climb up may seem daunting; approximately 700 stairs lead the way, but the path is littered with landings, statues, pavilions, and fountains for a quick break to catch one's breath and enjoy the incredible view.

Caldas de Monchique:

This site has long been known for its healing natural spring waters. The Romans were the first to set up a bath here. Today, the Caldas de Monchique are popular with guests seeking relief from rheumatism and respiratory illnesses. Even if one is not ailing, it is a lovely place to visit.

Serra da Picota:

Serra da Picota is the highest peak in the Algarve region. The view from the top makes the hike up this approx. 3,000ft-tall peak well worth the exertion. The view reaches Faro to the east, Cape St. Vincent to the west, and Serra da Arrabida to the north.

Local food, drink, and crafts:

Shop in small, family-run stores for unique local goods. Visitors to the region ought to try Medronho, a spirit made from distilled indigenous medronho berries, as well as the local honey and sausage. Handicrafts such as chairs, wooden spoons, and ceramics are plentiful.

Monchique Church:

This church, built in the late 15th to early 16th century is located centrally in Monchique town. The interior displays well-preserved examples of 'talha dourada', a special type of gilded woodwork that was popular in the 18th century. Also on display are 17th-century artefacts from the Nossa Senhora do Desterro convent.

Weather in the Monchique region

Since Monchique lies inland, the climate tends to be much milder than on the coast and temperatures tend to stay rather comfortable the whole year round. Even in high summer, average highs are around 26°C with lows of about 18°C. The rainiest month is November, and winter temperatures top out around 16°C.

Travel to the Monchique region

The closest airport to Monchique is in Faro (FAO) with direct connections to most major UK and European airports. Monchique is located about 50 miles from Faro Airport so the drive is only about an hour long. There is no direct train or bus route, so for those who opt for public transport, transferring in Portimão is necessary. Cars are available for hire from a number of agencies at the airport and taxis are plentiful.

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                                                                                                    Recent Reviews

                                                                                                    The best villa we have ever stayed in!

                                                                                                    5 of 5
                                                                                                    We were six adults and all agree that this was the best holiday villa we have ever stayed in. The owner and staff have done a terrific job in providing everything we would have hoped for. The furnishings, beds, linen, is first class. The maid is delightful and every thing is so well cleaned we wish we could take her home. The pool and outside eating area is stunning and the views are amazing. The town of Monchique is lovely with so many restaurants we were spoiled for choice. We will be back for sure.
                                                                                                    • Review Submitted: 05-Feb-2017
                                                                                                    • Date of Stay: Sep 2016

                                                                                                    Coming back for the fourth time and counting

                                                                                                    5 of 5
                                                                                                    To be honest, the only reason why I am on this page is because we are going back to Relva de Cima next week and just looking at the pictures puts me in the right mood. Two weeks in Relva is Father Christmas' annual treat for the grown-ups. We have been there three times now - the villa is great, has high ceilings, loads of light and space, at the same time very cosy. It has been built with an incredible attention to detail. James handwriting is all over the place and you can tell how much effort has been put in to turn it into what it is. He once said on a cycle trip that he finds nothing as satisfying as a good day or hard work and that you can tell - everything just works and works beautifully. For those not so familiar with the area - the villa is on the slopes of the Foia mountain range with beautiful far stretching views 20km down to the South coast. The area is fantastic for walking and cycling but you will need all your gears. The beautiful beaches are at the West coast which is about 45 minutes by car. Monchique has a very decent sized supermarket (Intermarche). The only reason why I am writing this review is because James deserves every bit of it, otherwise only a fool or a communist would tell the rest of the world about this hidden gem. So please do come and visit but do not go anywhere near the Christmas period.
                                                                                                    • Review Submitted: 12-Dec-2016
                                                                                                    • Date of Stay: Mar 2016

                                                                                                    Idyllic setting and wonderful house

                                                                                                    5 of 5
                                                                                                    Our stay began with a very warm welcome from the owners Pascal & Marie. They met us at the local supermarket and led us up the hill out of Monchique (about 2 miles) to their hidden gem. From there they gave a very detailed and thorough tour of the house telling us about every little detail as though we were there first visitors. The house was immaculately clean and as the holiday progressed I soon learnt that the house was extremely well equipped. The kitchen had absolutely everything a professional chef would need plus other details such as a cool bag for the beach. The layout of the house was slightly unusual because the three bedrooms were all located in different areas of the house. It is difficult to work this out from the photos and description. The master room upstairs, the twin room on the ground floor and then another master suite on the outside of the house. Therefore I don't feel it would be suitable if you had more than 2 children but ideal for 2 couples. The pool was amazing and heated to 25 degrees everyday. Despite the owners living directly behind the holiday house they were extremely discreet. You wouldn't have even known they were there so certainly not an issue if you felt you didn't want them close by. There was a restaurant at the top of the driveway and although we didn't visit looked lovely. The views from the house were stunning and a 35 minute mountain drive took you out to the stunning west coast or 25 minutes you were in town of Portimao. Mochique itself is a beautiful town with lovely pavement cafe bars offering a quiet and un-spoilt experience of Portugal. We stayed with our 7 and 5 year old and had a magical two weeks. I would not hesitate to recommend this house. You are guaranteed a warm welcome and a fantastic holiday in beautiful Portugal.
                                                                                                    • Review Submitted: 16-Nov-2016
                                                                                                    • Date of Stay: Oct 2016