Whether you are an independent walker, cyclist, an adventure sports type or someone who wants to learn about crafts and traditional processes, the Serra de Monchique mountain range has something to offer for everyone. This map lists places to eat, things to see, where to sleep and even suggests itineraries for a long weekend to stay.

CAFES & BARS: A Nora: On the main square, great for watching the world go by; Cafe da Vila: Just off the main square, popular with tourists; Pastelaria Geladaria Ana Maria: Large selection of Portuguese sweets and treats; Ochalã: Homemade cakes, large tea selection and local artwork; Barlefante: A colourful, quirky bar on a cobbled lane with great cocktails, local DJs and late opening times. LUNCH & DINNER Restaurante A Charrette: Traditional Portuguese food in an elegant setting; A Rampa*: Famous for its piri piri chicken; Estalagem*: Good pizza and grilled chicken with homemade piri piri; Fernando*: Great atmosphere with superb views over the valley; Jardim das Oliveiras*: Famous for its meat dishes, good for a special occasion; O Luar de Foia*: Cosy, traditional and popular with locals; Palmeirinha das Choroes: Great location and good value grilled chicken and fish; Restaurante O Parque: Homely atmosphere, very popular day and night; Restaurante O’ze: Superb value lunch at this local favourite; Teresinha*: Good piri piri chicken *best to reach by car. DON’T MISS MONCHIQUE CONVENT Beautiful views over Monchique and maybe you are lucky enough to be guided inside this Fransiscan ruin. PICOTA Foia’s little brother. Experience its untouched nature and the beautiful views across Algarve’s rolling hills. CALDAS MICRO CLIMATES A suggested walk lets you pass alone though three different micro climates and terrains past aromatic plants. MOINHO The restored watermill with its authentic traditional interior is a great place to visit. Ask the locals to get the key as it is not open to the public.

THINGS TO DO MONCHIQUE FOR NATURE LOVERS If you enjoy exploring untouched natural beauty, Monchique’s volcanic mountains, wild plants, flowers and wildlife provide many days worth of different activities. Whether you are an independent walker, cyclist, an adventure sports type or someone who wants to learn about crafts and traditional processes, the Serra de Monchique mountain range has something to offer for everyone. If you like to walk and explore independently, use the Veredas de Monchique maps to find your way round the themed walks. For guided walks or adventure sports such as canoeing, downhill biking and climbing, contact Alternativtour, a local adventure sports company. Be inspired and guided by one of our itineraries for an adventure-filled weekend in Monchique! MORNINGS: LET’S START WITH A WALK For a short walk, explore the town’s alleyways, head to the convent or follow the TREE WALK* which leads you past five out of eight classified trees of Monchique. If you have a car, drive up to Foia (the highest point in the Algarve) and head to the closeby waterfall ‘Cascata do Barbolote’. (care to take good shoes) For a longer trek, walk up PICOTA*, the more untouched and beautiful peak of the two mountains (8km round trip) or check out the other walks of the Veredas de Monchique - CALDAS DE MONCHIQUE* with aromatic plants, FOIA** past the convent, or MOINHO** a beautiful valley walk to the top of Foia. EXPLORE THE TOWN AND LOCAL MARKETS Buy some fresh fish from the local market (down from the post office). On a Sunday visit the local market by the Church or just explore the alleyways and the views across the town. FOR SPORTY TYPES When biking, check the Veredas cycling maps** or go to www.GPSies.com to find a track to follow. Alternatively go canoeing or climbing with Alternativtour with prior arrangement. *Use the Veredas de Monchique maps ** Maps in development; AFTERNOONS: PICNICS Do the local thing and go to either Caldas de Monchique or the Moinho for a BBQ Picnic. For the true Monchique experience, take your own sardines to grill and a bottle of medronho, the local firewater. CAFES & LUNCH Relax and flick through local newspapers and books whilst drinking a galão, the foreigner’s version of a white coffee, at Ochalá. For a bigger lunch, head to O’ze for the best value ‘Prato de dia’, dish of the day, in town. CRAFT AND CULTURE Equipped with the CRAFTS & PRODUCERS OF MONCHIQUE map*, visit the local craft stores, open workshops or drive to one of the local producers by car with prior arrangement. BIRDWATCHING Spot the ‘Bonelli Eagle’, guided by A Rocha EcoServices around the hills of Monchique. GO FOR A SPLASH If with family, join the locals at the free outdoor swimming pool by the park at the Main Square or head to Caldas de Monchique and treat yourself to a relaxing spa.; EVENINGS: BEAUTIFUL SUNSETS Head up to Foia with views over the South and West coast. TASTE THE LOCAL CUISINE Monchique’s speciality is porco preto (black pig) which typically comes: Assadura - grilled with parsley, lemon + garlic Feijoada - pork and bean stew with chouriço Cozido - traditional pork + cabbage stew Presunto - salt-cured ham as a starter with melão (melon) Assado - typical Sunday roast with pork with baby potatos Chicken Piri Piri - chicken grilled in chilli, garlic, brandy and oil. Ask for ‘muito picante’ if you like it really hot! PARTY WITH THE LOCALS The Portuguese party late (don’t go out before 11pm!). Head either to Barlefante or Cafe da Vila, which has karaoke every Saturday. STAR CONSTELLATIONS Enjoy the mild and mosquito free summer evenings watching stars. Forgot your star book? Check for an online app.; USEFUL CONTACTS: Alternativtour (climbing, cycling, guided walks) www.alternativtour.com, call Lucio (+351) 965 004 337 A Rocha EcoServices (birdwatching) Based in Mexilhoeria Grande, Tel: (+351)282968380 www.arocha.org, portugal@arocha.org Piscinas Municipais (swimming pool) 10:00 - 19:00h (June - September) only summer Caldas de Monchique Spas (yoga & spa) Spa http://www.monchiquetermas.com Longevity www.longevitywellnessresort.com Turafoia (vila rental and maintenance) www.monchique.com turafoia@monchique.com Hospital 8:30 - 19:00h Tel: 282910100 Bombeiros (fire brigade) Tel: 915; PLACES TO STAY: click on the link in the top to get to the list of guest houses and hotels

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