With its scenery of fresh water and shadows set by a lush vegetation, Serra de Monchique contrasts to the drier and hotter climate of the Algarve region in the summer season.
The highest natural viewpoint of Algarve is Foia at an altitude of 902 meter.
The mountains Caldas de Monchique are known for their health-bringing thermal waters. The thermal complex of Caldas de Monchique offers diverse wellness related services, with quality hotels and local cuisine.
NATURAL PARK OF SUDOESTE ALENTEJANO AND COSTA VICENTINA
Located along the southwest coast of Portugal from S. Torpes in Alentejo to Vila do Bispo in Algarve, the Natural Park covers the counties of Sines, Odemira, Aljezur and Vila do Bispo. Across more than 74.000 hectares, it harbours rich and diverse landscapes, high cliffs, beaches, bounds, woods, fields, lagoons and water lines, including the Rio Mira estuary.
More places of interest to visit are the Pessegueiro Island in Porto Covo, the Sagres promontory and S. Vicent Cape.
Inside the Natural Park of Sudoeste Alentejano and Costa Vicentina, the Rota Vicentina route (300 km) consists of a group of pedestrian pathways and trails running through preserved natural and cultural landscape, where you can experience the local rural culture values and traditions.
The Historical Way, runs 230 km through the main towns and villages, through cork tree forests, mountain ranges, valleys, rivers and creeks. It is freely accessible to hikers and mountain bikers.
The Fisherman's Trail is a 120 km spectacular cliff track, continuously following the coastline. The trails are mostly used by locals to get to the beaches and top fishing spots.This is the right trail if you want to experience strong and wild nature, the sea and the wind, in a coastline that is one of the most preserved in Europe.
THE PRAIAS (BEACHES)
One of the main attractions in Algarve is the beaches. The options are almost endless, with beaches for every type of activity.