Things to do in Caldas de Monchique

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Algarve: Full-Day Guided Sightseeing Tour with Lunch

1. Algarve: Full-Day Guided Sightseeing Tour with Lunch

Visit some of the most fascinating and picturesque locations in the Algarve on this full-day guided tour. Explore off-the-beaten-track gems giving you an in-depth view of Portugal’s past and present. Travel to the town of Silves, in Moorish times the capital of the Algarve. Here, visit the Moorish castle and admire magnificent views of the surrounding countryside. Continue to the impressive cathedral and explore the narrow streets and alleys. Next, head up to the Monchique mountain and admire the scenic hillsides and eucalyptus groves. Arrive at the charming village of Caldas de Monchique, with springs famous for their healing properties. From here, follow the winding road to the highest point in the Algarve – Fóia – standing at 902m above sea level. Take in the dramatic views and capture spectacular photos. Next, make a stop in the small village of Marmelete and enjoy a traditional lunch in one of the local restaurants. After lunch, travel to Costa Vicentina and visit some beautiful beaches. Enjoy free time to relax on the shore or explore the area. Next stop: Cape St. Vincent. Immerse yourself in the wilderness and breathe the fresh Atlantic air of the most southwestern point of Europe. Marvel at the cliffside lighthouse that defies the elements and hear the fascinating history from your guide. Finally, visit Sagres, a quaint fishing village nearby, and explore its sheltered fishing port.

From Albufeira: Excursion to Silves Castle and Monchique

2. From Albufeira: Excursion to Silves Castle and Monchique

Learn the history of Silves and its Moorish castle on a half-day tour. Climb 902m to the Foia of Monchique, and take in views from the highest point in the Algarve. The day begins with pickup from a central meeting point. Drive in an air-conditioned van to Silves, which was the most important city in the Algarve during the period of Moorish rule. Travel back through history on a visit to the 11th-century castle and learn about its importance as a military fortification. Next, visit Caldas of Monchique, famous for its waters and wonderful landscapes. Climb to the highest point in the Algarve and snap pictures of the land and sea below. At the end of the tour, return to the meeting point with your guide.

Algarve: The Best of the West Full Day Tour

3. Algarve: The Best of the West Full Day Tour

Visit the old Moorish capital of the Algarve, the city of Silves, with its picturesque Castle. Stop to visit the small village of Caldas de Monchique with its famous spa, recognized since Roman times for its healing properties. Arrive at Foia, the highest point of the Algarve, with its 902m altitude and with a breathtaking view, and taste the typical liqueurs of the region while admiring the landscape. Make a stop for lunch at a typical restaurant in the Serra de Monchique, where a traditional Algarve meal will be served. Visit Lagos, a city that has always been linked to the sea, where the epic of the Portuguese Discoveries began in the 15th century. Travel to the most "Southwest point in Europe", after leaving Lagos, and make a stop at Ponta da Piedade, known for its rock formations and panoramic views. Finish the tour in Sagres, also known as the "End of the World", where the sun goes down behind the endless ocean, and observe the most amazing and breathing sunset from the top of cliffs. Be returned to the pickup location at the end of the tour.

From Quarteira, Albufeira, or Portimão: Silves & Monchique

4. From Quarteira, Albufeira, or Portimão: Silves & Monchique

The magical city of Silves is an enchanting example of the Arab influence that was present in its history and in its architecture, clearly evident due to the most important castle in the Algarve. You will have time to experience the thermal spa of Caldas De Monchique located in the heart of the Serra de Monchique Natural Park. Foia is situated within a stunning landscape and is famous for being the highest point of the Algarve. Here in Foia, you have the opportunity to taste the famous Medronho brandy, the most traditional drink in the Algarve made from the fruit harvested on the slopes of the Serra. You will then have some time to relax over a meal and experience local food and hospitality. Lastly you will stop in the traditional village of Monchique located at an altitude of 450 m where we can leisurely walk through its narrow streets and soak in the atmosphere of the unspoilt Algarve.

From Albufeira: Private Silves Castle and Monchique Tour

5. From Albufeira: Private Silves Castle and Monchique Tour

Discover the Algarve on a private tour by car from Albufeira to see Silves Castle, Silves city, and the iconic sites in the Monchique Mountains. Follow your guide as you listen to stories of this historical area, learning about its rich culture en route. Kickstart your day and head straight to the medieval castle of Silves. Walk past the statue of King D. Sancho at the entrance of the castle that dates all the way back to the Christian Reconquest of the Iberian Peninsula by the Portuguese. Continue through the castle to visit the city of Silves. Walk up its picturesque streets filled with craft shops typical of the region. Choose to have lunch in Silves or in Monchique Moutain, at your own expense. Then, make your way to visit the Termas de Monchique.These are a village and spa located to the south of the village of Monchique, The therapeutic properties of local waters have been recognized since the time of the Roman Empire, when they received the designation of sacred waters. Learn how these thermal waters come from eight springs, and are rich in bicarbonate, fluorine, silica, and sodium. They are used as treatment for respiratory and digestive problems, as well as for muscular and rheumatic problems. Carry on to the top of the mountain, Fóia, known as the highest place in the Algarve. Drive through eucalyptus and pine tree forests on your way to the summit, standing at 902 meters high. Marvel at sprawling views from the peak of Fóia, stretching out across western Algarve, Cabo de São Vicente, and Odeceixe. On your way back to Albufeira, choose to make a small stop at the 16th-century Chapel of Bones in Alcantarilha.

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What people are saying about Caldas de Monchique

Overall rating

4.8 / 5

based on 16 reviews

A super great experience and definitely a must if you are on holiday in the Algarve! The hinterland, away from the tourist places, was beautiful, but the west coast was also worth a visit. Lunch was delicious and Vasco, our tour guide, was super friendly, in a good mood and was able to tell us a lot about the Algarve. We would 100% recommend this tour!

We had an amazing day trip, Carlos our guide was so knowledgable and so entertaining throughout the day! Fabulous lunch and fire water tasting! Would highly recommend this trip. Wonderful views at Cape St Vincente , lovely to see the countryside Silves and Monchique were highlights too. Thank you Carlos and Portitours! From Jane and Nick

We loved our discovery day with Vanda. In addition to being extremely professional, caring and patient, she knows Portugal's rich history inside out. Each place visited is thus presented with historical facts and anecdotes. A busy day that we will remember. Thank you Vanda for this wonderful day!

Our guide loves his part of the country and explains it very well. We loved seeing the Algarve from another angle and enjoyed the typical Portuguese hearty meal. Thanks

Great guide. Went to some really lovely places. Thoroughly recommend.