Head to the mountains and explore Monchique

To add a dose of greenery to your holiday in the Algarve, Monchique is a good place to aim for.  It’s high up in the forest-covered mountain range that stretches across the south of Portugal so you’ll get great views as well as shade. I set off to explore and saw enough to make me want to go back for more.

Caldas de Monchique.

Caldas de Monchique. Photo by Julie Dawn Fox

Before you even reach the town of Monchique, you’ll see signs for Caldas de Monchique. Caldas means hot springs which is why this little village has been a popular spa resort since Roman times. The warm waters are believed to have curative and restorative properties, and the cold spring water is deliciously pure.

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