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Monchique is one of the most attractive areas of the Algarve, and one which offers a complete contrast to coastal resorts, while still being within a short drive of its touristic amenities.
The village of Monchique (458m.) is located in a pass between the two peaks of Foia (902m.) and Picota (774 m.). The two massifs are of volcanic origin (hence the thermal waters in Caldas emerging at 32.º).
The Monchique hills are host to several interesting and rare species: fauna and flora, which led to the classification of this area as a protect zone under the "Corine Biotope Scheme".
Here is the place to discover the real Algarve and the friendliss of it's people.
On the hillside, talking advantage oh the spectacular views and gentler climete, a few discerming people have built their houses. Overlooking lovely terraced gardens, they have found the peace, seclusion and local life of a different Algarve.
The tranquil Monchique hills remain unaltered over many centuries, the air is still fresh, and pure clear water still flow from the mountain springs to the taps.
Take a walk or a gentle stroll though the woods and enjoy the smell of pines and eucalyptus, among the wild flowers and watch the eagles fly overheda...or joing a guided walk.
Monchique is ideally situated to explore both coasts of the Algarve.
In less than 1/2 hour drive, you can reach either the South coast, which has all the attractions of busier touristic resorts, - the main beaches of Praia da Rocha, Ferragudo and Alvor and the famous Penina Golf course to name only a few- or the unspoiled West coast, with its deserted beaches nesting at the foot of dramatically beautiful wild cliffs.
The main town of Portimao with major shopping facilities is just 25 km. away (20 min. drive), Faro Airport is 75 km (70 min.), Seville and Lisbon are both 3 hours drive away.