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Serra de Monchique: Our most recommended tours and activities

Lagoa: 2.5-Hour Vineyard Dinner with Winetasting

1. Lagoa: 2.5-Hour Vineyard Dinner with Winetasting

Enjoy a vibrant evening of good food and delicious wine. Trade stories with family and friends over the table and admire the stunning views of the Algarvian countryside. Take a seat for a traditional dinner with sunset views of the Monchique mountains. Sample award-winning wines and experience the flavors of authentic Algarvian dishes. Throughout the evening, enjoy a delicious menu inspired by family recipes passed down through generations and hear the history of the estate and its unique terrain and vineyards.

Algarve: Jeep Safari with Distillery Visit & Lunch

2. Algarve: Jeep Safari with Distillery Visit & Lunch

Get off the beaten track and into the heart of the Algarve on an exciting Jeep Safari. Travel through outstanding landscapes, visit a small distillery, and enjoy a delicious local lunch. Hop in your jeep for a safari through southern Portugal. You'll go down dales, across streams, and traverse meadows as part of this exciting adventure. Marvel at the scenery of an area almost untouched by time. Enjoy driving down winding earthen tracks to some of the most fascinating places in the Algarve. Visit tiny white-washed villages where time seems to stand still. Stop by a local distillery where the brave can taste “Medronho”, the very potent local drink. Enjoy watching honey produced the old way in this traditional environment, then finish off your adventure with a delicious lunch in a local restaurant.

Algarve: Full-Day Boat and Jeep Tour

3. Algarve: Full-Day Boat and Jeep Tour

Explore the Algarve region and the Arade River on an exciting full-day tour with expert guides. Ride along in a convoy of jeeps as you climb hills and rush down dales, crossing streams and meadows along the way. Learn from your guide about the flora and fauna of the region, as well as the traditions of the locals. See how honey and the local spirit medronho are made. Then tuck into a traditional lunch at a typical restaurant. Enjoy a relaxing cruise along the River Arade in the afternoon, and enjoy the lush scenery as you sail along. Disembark on a golden beach and take a refreshing dip if you please.

Algarve: The Best of the West Full Day Tour

4. Algarve: The Best of the West Full Day Tour

Visit the old Moorish capital of the Algarve, the city of Silves, with its picturesque Castle. Stop to visit the small village of Caldas de Monchique with its famous spa, recognized since Roman times for its healing properties. Arrive at Foia, the highest point of the Algarve, with its 902m altitude and with a breathtaking view, and taste the typical liqueurs of the region while admiring the landscape. Make a stop for lunch at a typical restaurant in the Serra de Monchique, where a traditional Algarve meal will be served. Visit Lagos, a city that has always been linked to the sea, where the epic of the Portuguese Discoveries began in the 15th century. Travel to the most "Southwest point in Europe", after leaving Lagos, and make a stop at Ponta da Piedade, known for its rock formations and panoramic views. Finish the tour in Sagres, also known as the "End of the World", where the sun goes down behind the endless ocean, and observe the most amazing and breathing sunset from the top of cliffs. Be returned to the pickup location at the end of the tour.

Algarve: Serra de Monchique & Bravura Off-Road Day Trip

5. Algarve: Serra de Monchique & Bravura Off-Road Day Trip

This tour is perfect for anyone who wants to escape the tourist masses and explore areas surrounded by nature, largely untouched by man. 80% of the route takes place off-road, deep in the St. Vincent Natural Park, the finest preserved stretch of coastline in Europe. Due to our adventurous nature and love of extreme sports, in this tour lets explore the 4x4 to its limit and see how it performs on the wildest off-road tracks. What can be better than to explore all this with the locals, who know the region like the back of their hand? To start lets make a visit to the picturesque lake of Bravura, bring shorts or bikini. If the weather is inviting...let's go swimming If the weather not good...lets make a short walk close to this beautiful lake, and touch the surround nature After the lake it's time to wake up......lets go play a very adventure off-rod drive claiming to the highest point. To realize the real beauty of this area, lets visit to the best look-out point in Algarve Portugal, featuring 960m high cliffs and breathtaking views over the Atlantic Ocean. To fully relax and open the appetite lets visit a a ghost village, no one lives in this place, it's abandoned as if time freezes 100 years ago. The only one of this genre still existing in Algarve ( Very easy and pleasant, it is possible to be made by children and people in avance age )

Monchique and Fóia: Half Day Tour

6. Monchique and Fóia: Half Day Tour

A tour up the mountain to Monchique, rich with evergreen vegetation and allowing you to have fantastic views. Following hotel collection, you will be whisked up the mountain in an air-conditioned mini van. After navigating and exploring Monchique's small streets, you will continue on to Fóia, the highest point in the Algarve and one of the largest in Portugal. With 902 meters of height, you will be able to have a 360º view of the entire region, including he ocean, the lakes and other cities around.

Algarve: Full-Day Guided Sightseeing Tour with Lunch

7. Algarve: Full-Day Guided Sightseeing Tour with Lunch

Visit some of the most fascinating and picturesque locations in the Algarve on this full-day guided tour. Explore off-the-beaten-track gems giving you an in-depth view of Portugal’s past and present. Travel to the town of Silves, in Moorish times the capital of the Algarve. Here, visit the Moorish castle and admire magnificent views of the surrounding countryside. Continue to the impressive cathedral and explore the narrow streets and alleys. Next, head up to the Monchique mountain and admire the scenic hillsides and eucalyptus groves. Arrive at the charming village of Caldas de Monchique, with springs famous for their healing properties. From here, follow the winding road to the highest point in the Algarve – Fóia – standing at 902m above sea level. Take in the dramatic views and capture spectacular photos. Next, make a stop in the small village of Marmelete and enjoy a traditional lunch in one of the local restaurants. After lunch, travel to Costa Vicentina and visit some beautiful beaches. Enjoy free time to relax on the shore or explore the area. Next stop: Cape St. Vincent. Immerse yourself in the wilderness and breathe the fresh Atlantic air of the most southwestern point of Europe. Marvel at the cliffside lighthouse that defies the elements and hear the fascinating history from your guide. Finally, visit Sagres, a quaint fishing village nearby, and explore its sheltered fishing port.

Lagos: Algarve Coast Tour in a Classic Volkswagen T2 Van

8. Lagos: Algarve Coast Tour in a Classic Volkswagen T2 Van

After pick up from your accommodation in a classic Volkswagen T2 van, set out on a 4-hour nature tour to explore Algarve. Your trip will be punctuated with history and local knowledge, and since there's no rush, there will be plenty of time to explore the places you'll visit. Your first stop will be at Salema Beach, a treasure in the Algarve with dinossaur footprints. Next, proceed to Octopus Bay, near Praia da Luz, to walk around its curious rock formations. Head to the Black Rock, a volcanic vein of the Serra de Monchique that stretches to the sea, and before heading back to your accommodation, be inspired by the Viewpoint of praia da Luz, that offers one of the most astonishing views in the Algarve.

From Quarteira, Albufeira, or Portimão: Silves & Monchique

9. From Quarteira, Albufeira, or Portimão: Silves & Monchique

The magical city of Silves is an enchanting example of the Arab influence that was present in its history and in its architecture, clearly evident due to the most important castle in the Algarve. You will have time to experience the thermal spa of Caldas De Monchique located in the heart of the Serra de Monchique Natural Park. Foia is situated within a stunning landscape and is famous for being the highest point of the Algarve. Here in Foia, you have the opportunity to taste the famous Medronho brandy, the most traditional drink in the Algarve made from the fruit harvested on the slopes of the Serra. You will then have some time to relax over a meal and experience local food and hospitality. Lastly you will stop in the traditional village of Monchique located at an altitude of 450 m where we can leisurely walk through its narrow streets and soak in the atmosphere of the unspoilt Algarve.

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What people are saying about Serra de Monchique

Overall rating

4.8 / 5

based on 44 reviews

Really great guide. George was amazing. He as so passionate about the Algarve and all it has to offer. Really great guide. Didn’t feel rushed at any of the stops. He took loads of photographs and was more than willing to answer any questions we had. He really made this tour. The car was really good, not sure what year but an old Land River Discovery with the bench seating in the back. We had the roof off for the most part of the trip. The trio itself is really fun and informative. You see parts of the Algarve you wouldn’t see if you where to drive yourself. There’s so much fruit and vegetables grown around the Algarve and that was great to see. The distillery is really cute (even though I didn’t like the spirits). The stop at the swimming area is nice. We had 30 mins for this, it was plenty of time for a quick dip and an ice cream. The 3 course meal and drinks (which is included in the price) was really good. We had 1 vegetarian in our party and this was catered for no problem.

This was a really good tour Nice way to see the mountains , learn about the rural agriculture and see the orchards Our tour guides made multiple stops showing us the different trees and explaining the history of the regions Unfortunately because of the heatwave in Europe we had to stick to more main roads as off roading was forbidden but I would go back and do it again truely off-road

We loved our discovery day with Vanda. In addition to being extremely professional, caring and patient, she knows Portugal's rich history inside out. Each place visited is thus presented with historical facts and anecdotes. A busy day that we will remember. Thank you Vanda for this wonderful day!

I would strongly recommend 100% to go on this trip. the guide was fantastic and very knowledgeable, I have never seen mochique the way I saw on this trip and definitely will do again

My wife and I had such a great time! Loved the food and wine. If we come back to Portugal we will definitely be coming back to this place!