Serra de Monchique
Monchique Day Walk
Get away from the mass holiday hotspot and enjoy a full day’s walk in the quiet and green Serra de Monchique. Feel the warm sun in your face and the scent of the wild flowers, the eucalyptus and pine trees. Walk on the century old donkey tracks and paths, leading to an amazing walk. On this superb hiking tour you experience a bright coloured side of the Algarve.
Hiking is the perfect way to truly experience the area, close to nature.
At 10h00 we meet at the “Galp” petrol station at the entrance of Monchique (see map). Here you can easily park your car, have a coffee or use the toilet before we leave. See below for our Free Transport offer.
The walking guide will lead you along fig trees, orange groves and almond trees. We will walk through the village of Monchique with it´s 12th centyre church, day market and cobbled streets. Later you will pass by the old convent build in 1634 and visit the daily fresh market in the centre.
Included in the price, we will organize a tasty lunch in a restaurant/café near the centre of Monchique. At a reserved table on the terrace, you will enjoy an individual chicken salad, a king size baguette of your choice and one drink.
In the afternoon you will continue your guided hike into south direction. We´ll walk through eucalyptus & cork forest and we will find medronho bushes. Most of the tour will show you stunning views on the valleys and towards the coast.
The walk ends at the gas station where our car is parked at around 16h00.
Fitness level, distance and age
Fitness level required nº 2, difficulty B – see fitness levels.
The total walking distance is 11 km, and the net walking time is around 3 ½ hours. See below the altitude profile of this walk. We normally see that children with good walking boots and some frequent walking experience enjoy this walk as well. We recommend a minimum age 10 years.
We normally run these trips every Wednesday; 10.00 – 16.00 hr.
In case you would be with a group of 6 or more, and are interested in another day, please contact us
Price per adult: € 38.00 – anyone 18 years or older (group discounts available)
Price per child: € 18.00- up to 17 years old (minimum age 10 years and good walking boots)
Child discount applies when each child is accompanied by at least one adult. Larger families please contact us.
Until 30/06/2013 we offer a free return transfer to Monchique when you stay in the area Lagos, Meia Praia, Alvor or Portimão/ Praia da Rocha. In case you would stay in an other place, please see our friendly transfer prices.