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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

                                      Absolutely superb in every regard

                                      5 of 5
                                      I couldn't recommend a stay here high enough, although my praise will only make it harder for me to book a longed for return! The villa is stunning inside and out. Set in large gardens and distant neighbours it is wonderfully private and quiet, with distant views out to the sea, surrounded by fragrant woodland and surrounding mountains. A great size swimming pool (10x5m) with sun loungers and lots of outdoor seating in sun and shade. Inside, 4 large bedrooms with as many bathrooms. The lounge area is huge with an enclosed veranda. There's wifi and satellite TV if you'd prefer to stare at a screen than look outside! We were very well looked after during our stay with help at hand if we needed it. I can't think of anything I would change or why I'd stay elsewhere. The beaches of the southern Algarve are 30 minutes by car, the western Atlantic coast not much further. Supermarket a very short drive away and we found a great restaurant down the road- there are quite a few to chose from. It's for a quiet retreat, but so easy to drive a short distance to all the main attractions and return to peace and quiet. Everyone we met in the area was friendly and welcoming and helpful with my non-existent Portuguese.
                                      • Review Submitted: 28-Jun-2016
                                      • Date of Stay: Jun 2016

                                      Unforgettable!

                                      5 of 5
                                      Vida Nova, " a new life", that's what we had during our 2 week holiday, a very well appointed villa with excellent pool and a patio area with far reaching views. Nigel's directions to the villa were accurate, we found it straight away and no problems taking our 9 seater minibus to the large parking area. Everything in the villa was easy to use with plenty of information on hand. You can opt to chill at the villa or go site seeing locally, we did both and our 2 weeks passed far too quickly. We found everyone very friendly and became fond of the cleaner who never stopped working on her visits, excellent. We had a couple of BBQs but enjoyed all the restaurants more so they "won", they are all very reasonably priced, the one at the "top of the hill" was our favourite. I fed the fish as suggested in the info pack and by the end of the first week they were coming up to say "hello" or "bom dia" of course !!! We found the villa and the area very special and it won our hearts, we have no hesitation in recommending Villa Vida Nova. Happy holidays to any future guests. Pete Sue Don Vron Ian and Andrea
                                      • Review Submitted: 21-Jun-2016
                                      • Date of Stay: Jun 2016

                                      Beautifull Monchique.

                                      5 of 5
                                      We recently stayed in Villa Vida Nova. A fantastic holiday home established in a very beautifull area, Our booking was made quite short in advance but with the fantastic help of Nigel & Bev everything was perfectly arranged. After confirming our booking we received an extensive welcome information pack. Literally all the details that you need for the holiday can be found in there. We arrived via Lisbon airport which could be used as an alternative for Faro, since the drive towards Monchique is very pleasant and also well worth. Upon arrival at the Villa our kids couldn't wait to get into the pool although the temperatures were a bit chilly in the beginning. In the second week though we had fantastic weather with 25 degrees. Not bad for April. We visited too many places to mention all here but well worth in our point of view is: Lagos & Tavira. Also boat trip out of Benagil to visit the caves is spectacular. Zoo Marine is a great day out for the kids as well. The Beaches in Portimao are huge with plenty of seafood restaurants. We can really recommend Villa Vida Nova. Its an amazing house with 3 large bedrooms and a spacious living room and big kitchen. The Pool is a bit chilly in April but with temperatures going up to 30C in July & August that shouldn't be a problem in the high season. On the warmer days we enjoyed the BBQ at the veranda and great views (you can see all the way to Portimao!). The Algarve is very pretty and has enough to offer to enjoy yourselfs for a nice Holiday. At least we regreted that we had to leave again after 3 weeks and will miss the Villa and Monchique very much! Liefting Family, Netherlands
                                      • Review Submitted: 22-May-2016
                                      • Date of Stay: Apr 2016