With forest-covered mountains, pretty towns and nearby shores, holidays to Monchique promise a mix of outdoor adventure and relaxation.

Lofty views

Perched high in Portugal's north-west Algarve mountain range, Monchique offers a bird's-eye view of the surrounding countryside. With hilly trails on hand and the coast in easy reach, you can take things as easy or active as you like. Wander the quaint streets, hike to nearby viewpoints or visit ancient olive groves.

Hilltop history

Venture further out for an ambling, scenic river walk that will take you through zesty citrus orchards in the town of Silves – a 30-minutes' drive away. Then, head uphill to visit the preserved castle, or soak up the peaceful atmosphere inside Silves Cathedral.

Seaside stunner

The best-of-both-worlds feeling doesn't end in town. If you're after a beach day, head to Praia de Amoreira for impressive waves and nearby bars that stand at the ready for when you've had your fill of paddles and naps on the sand. The shore's just a 20-minutes' drive away from Monchique.

At a Glance

  • Hike to Serra da Picota for views over the Algarve
  • Relax in the thermal waters of Caldas de Monchique
  • Grab a surfboard and hit the waves at Praia de Amoreira