Hiking to the Monchique Mountain was one of the highlights of my recent trip to the Algarve. It never even crossed my mind that nature can be so beautiful since every time I imagined south Portugal, I associated it with the beach and sea life.
Monchique is located in the Siera de Monchique, providing this region of Portugal with a significant historic relevance. It has two main peaks, Foia and Picota and it’s a perfect place if you are into hiking, mountain biking, and bird watching. We stayed at the Macdonald which rests on the hills of the mountain so embarking on an 8km hike was quite easy.
We walked around the cleared roads and hiking paths toward the Caldas de Monchique which is a quaint little spa town famous for natural springs with healing properties. The story of Caldas de Monchique dates all the way back to the Roman ages where its springs were well known. The historic town center is so gorgeous and a perfect spot to take coffee or a drink break from the hike. Caldas de Monchique is also well known for its cork production, oranges, lemon, honey and eucalyptus, black pork and carob.
The hike was such a perfect exercise after our overly indulgent breakfast. It took us about 3 hours to return to the hotel. I was so grateful to the hotel for organizing the hike for us with our own private guide who took the time to educate us on the region and its history. I was really astonished at how clean and well maintained the buildings are. I also really enjoyed drinking from the springs as the water is ph neutral and has great health benefits for everyone who drinks it.
What do you guys think of my pictures? Do you like hiking in nature too?