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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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Peaceful traditional villa in the mountains...

4 of 5
Having stayed around the coast a few times but previously visited the mountains - we wanted to try a more traditional place to stay, away from the busy areas and Monchique is certainly that. The villa is looked after by Pascal - a friendly Frenchman next door, who wants to make sure you have everything you need but on the whole leaves you to it. The villa has rustic charm, is very private and only overlooks hills opposite (quite a way away) - it's a terraced plot with fantastic well presented grounds with small gravel pathways squirrelling through the trees and bushes and great private pool area with stunning views. The location allowed is to venture further - going to Aljezur and the famous Praia de Monte Clerigo... we also dropped on the Algarve race circuit by accident which has a fantastic outdoor kart track (brilliant!)... you're about an hour to 2 hours away from anywhere else - whichever direction you travel - so you need a car. If you're after nightlife and entertainment - this is not the place for you... but if you want to enjoy a more traditional Portugal, then I would highly recommend this. Eating tips... Rei Do Piri Piri is a short walk and gets terrible reviews on TA but when we went it was good - Piri Piri excellent...as are the views. In Monchique itself, Ochara gets great reviews as a veggie restaurant on TA but it's basically a toastie place and expensive for what you get. Intermarche supermarket in the town has a good selection... but you have to try the burgers at Fonte dos Choroes in the town centre.
  • Review Submitted: Jul 17, 2018
  • Date of Stay: Jul 2018

Very nice townhouse

5 of 5
We had a lovely stay. The house was so well equipped and comfortable. The pool was great. It was very quiet and peaceful and we usually had the pool to ourselves.
  • Review Submitted: Jul 13, 2018
  • Date of Stay: Jun 2018