5 Great reasons to visit Monchique the top of the Algarve, Portugal

Monchique, a quite different Algarve so genuine and so interesting to discover.
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When choosing the Algarve for your holiday’s destination you may not know that besides the sun, sea, beach, golf, culture and delicious gastronomy and all other amazing activities related to a holiday destination of sun and beach, you can find not far from the coast, a green paradise, fresh and full of alternative attractions, called Monchique.

The municipality of Monchique is characterized by a diversity of activities that have lasted in time and continue to be developed in traditional ways, with great interest and an important part of the Algarve identity.

Do you like honey, original handicrafts, firewater and mountain products?

If so, here are five good reasons to take a leap up to Monchique hills while you’re in the Algarve.

 

1. CALDAS DE MONCHIQUE

The Caldas de Monchique are known as the “Sintra” of the Algarve. A cool, green, serene spot, where there is a small square wrapped in large trees and refreshing water fountains, perfect for a picnic. If you like thermal baths, the Monchique Spa is excellent with its mineral-medicinal waters, used since ancient times for treatments.

Caldas

2. MONCHIQUE VILLAGE

In the centre of the village you can enjoy a magnificent view from the belvedere of the São Sebastião park, visit the Monchique main church dating from the beginning of the 16th century, the Convent of Nossa Senhora do Desterro, enjoy the narrow streets of the village, contemplating the vast white houses with the typical chimneys and stop to visit some of the craft houses. And of course, taste the traditional firewater, here called “Aguardente de Medronho” .

Monchique Experience I

3. FOIA

Climbing to the highest point of the Algarve – Foia – is a must. From Foia you can see a great stretch of landscape from the Cabo de São Vicente to the Serra da Arrábida. A breathtaking landscape! Prepare to be amazed!

Foia Way II

Foia view

4. MOUNTAIN FOOD AND ANCIENT TRADITIONS

In Monchique, in addition to being able to enjoy architectural, historical and cultural heritage along with the many natural beauties, you have a very rich traditional gastronomy, honey, traditional sweets and the medronho.

In Monchique, there is an important artisan activity of producing very good pig sausages and “presunto” from the “Porco Preto da Montanheira”.

Beekeeping is also a typical activity of Monchique and the “Honey of the Monchique Mountains” is a high quality product with “Protected Designation of Origin”.

The manufacture of the Aguardente de Medronho and make bread are another traditional activities of the Monchique hills.

Flavours

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5. GREEN BREATHTAKING LANDSCAPES

The Serra de Monchique is affectionately nicknamed “Jardim do Algarve” – the Algarve green garden. Crystalline banks, leafy trees and a natural freshness that contrasts with the warm Algarve coastline that complements even more, your holiday experience in the Algarve.

Monchique hills

Monchique hills2

Monchique, a quite different Algarve so genuine and so interesting to discover.

Keep the suggestion and … have a good time during your Algarve holidays!

 

Touring the Algarve in a Sidecar – yes, please

Bike my Side exclusive private sidecar tours,aims to show you a different side of the Algarve, guiding you throughout some of the region’s best-kept secrets whilst taking you on an original and unique journey.

Part of this uniqueness is provided by the transportation itself – a classic black Russian Ural sidecar motorcycle, whose history dates back to the 1940’s, armed with specially equipped helmets comprising a state-of-the-art intercom system that allows you to talk to the driver/guide, as well between your companion at all times during the ride.

Under the motto “Private guide with a smile” and covering the Algarve from Sagres, Lagos, Monchique, Carvoeiro, Ferragudo, Portimão, to Silves, there are nine tours available. You can also fully customize your tour whether you want a personalized route, a picnic or being taken to church in the sidecar on your wedding day.

You will discover the best beaches on the region, taste local specialties, visit the beautiful Alvor estuary and the hidden Bravura dam, discover Sagres’ history or enjoy the Monchique countryside, whilst also becoming some sort of tourist attraction, as people often try to take pictures of the bike or simple honk to say “hi”.

Bike my Side highlights includes going where no bus or car can go, avoiding traffic and going beyond the usual tourist circuits by traveling along picturesque roads,  feeling the breeze, the wind in the hair and enjoying the views in a unique perspective. You will have no worries about driving, GPS confusions, and you will always feel safe and have all the freedom to choose the stops or attractions to visit.

The private sidecar rides usually last between, two and four hours and range from €35 to €100 per person. These tours are focus entirely on you, as only two people are allowed on each ride – one on the motorcycle, along with the guide, and the other in the sidecar.

Bike my Side offers a unique way to touring, visiting the famous attractions and discovering the hidden secrets of the Algarve – an experience to treasure forever.

Discover more at www.bikemyside.com or facebook.com/SidecarTours.Bikemyside.