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Outdoor-Touren an der Algarve

Serra de Monchique Mountain Walk

This is a Half-Day Private Monchique Mountain Walk with a free return transfer by air-conditioned mini-van Get away from the mass holiday hotspot.

Enjoy the Monchique Mountain Half-Day Walk and follow century-old donkey tracks and paths, leading to an amazing walk in the lush and green Serra de Monchique.

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Do you love to:
✅ explore off-the-beaten-track
✅ experience local gastronomy
✅ submerge in nature
✅ be able to cancel up to 24 hours
✅ book this as a Private Tour?

Serra de Monchique Mountain Walk

Monchique Bergwanderung

Feel the warm sun on your face and the scent of the wildflowers, the eucalyptus and pine trees. On this gentle half-day hiking tour, you will experience the lush and green side of the Algarve.

With a free and private pick-up from Lagos and Portimão area included, nothing is in the way to embrace the mountain views on the way to the Serra de Monchique.

On this Half-Day hike, you will be visiting an old mill, a lush freshwater stream and a traditional farm where you will be invited to taste local firewater called Medronho, made of locally grown berries.

Feel the Beauty of Nature on this Private Monchique Mountain Walk.

Your Monchique Walking Guide

Monchique Mountain Walk Guide

Your Walking Guide is a Portuguese professional with a degree in Tourism from Faro University. He is specialised in nature, geology and flora. Above all the guide has a passion for the sub-tropical microclimate and its vegetation of the Serra de Monchique.

You will enjoy his humour and companionship, and his passion for telling stories.

The guide is also the driver of the mini-van and he will offer you the round trip from your hotel or accommodation in Lagos or Portimão.

Monchique village

village of Monchique Mountain Walk

Its cobblestone streets wind past charming whitewashed buildings adorned with colourful tiles. The village is renowned for its traditional craftsmanship, particularly in cork production, a trade deeply rooted in its history. Visitors can explore historic landmarks such as the 16th-century Matriz Church, with its striking Manueline architecture, or wander through lush forests to discover ancient ruins, providing glimpses into Monchique’s past.

With its blend of heritage, natural beauty, and warm hospitality, Monchique Village is a unique destination.

Sub-tropical Micro-climate

In the micro-climate of the Serra de Monchique, you will experience a unique blend of Mediterranean and Atlantic influences.
Shielded by the mountain range, this area experiences slightly lower temperatures and higher rainfall compared to the coastal plains,
fostering lush vegetation and rich biodiversity.

The elevation gradients within the Serra de Monchique also create diverse microclimates,
with cooler, moister conditions prevailing at higher altitudes, while lower slopes bask in warmer, drier weather.

These factors contribute to the region’s reputation for producing exceptional agricultural products, including wine, honey, and various fruits,
while also offering a refreshing retreat for visitors seeking respite from the Algarve’s summer heat.

Eucalyptus Tree

Monchique Mountain Walking through eucalyptus forest

In Portugal, eucalyptus trees have several benefits, such as their rapid growth, which supports the timber industry and reforestation efforts. Their adaptability to diverse climates and soils makes them suitable for various environments. Eucalyptus leaves contain medicinal oils, contributing to traditional and modern medicine.

However, drawbacks exist. Their extensive root systems can deplete soil moisture, competing with other plants and reducing water availability. The high flammability of eucalyptus leaves increases wildfire risks in Portugal, and their aggressive properties can hinder biodiversity by suppressing other plant species.

On this hike, you will learn more about the good and the bad of eucalyptus trees.

Cork Oak Trees

Monchique Mountain Walk in cork tree forest


The Algarve produces more than 50% of the world’s production of cork. Cork grows as a bark on the oak tree, and removal of the bark will not harm the tree. This makes cork a very sustainable and renewable resource. This harvested cork bark is then used in a variety of industries, including wine production, flooring, insulation, and fashion.

Additionally, cork oak forests provide important habitats for a diverse range of plant and animal species, contributing to the biodiversity of the Algarve region.

Your hiking guide will have some interesting details about cork and will explain what the numbers mean.

Free Medronho Tasting

Monchique Mountain Walk with free medronho tasting

Medronho, often referred to as Portuguese firewater, is a traditional spirit made from the fruit of the strawberry tree (Arbutus unedo or Medronheiro), which is abundant in the Algarve region.

This potent liquor is highly regarded for its strong and distinctive flavour, reminiscent of ripe fruit with a hint of sweetness and a fiery kick. It is typically produced through a process of fermentation and distillation, resulting in a clear, colourless liquid with high alcohol content.

Medronho holds a significant cultural significance in Portugal, where it is often enjoyed as a digestif or served on special occasions, showcasing the rich culinary heritage of the region.

You will visit a medronho farm, see how the distillery process works, and be able to taste a small sip. You can buy a small bottle to take home with you if you wish.

What is included in the Monchique Mountain Walk

Free Pick Up

free pick up from Lagos, Portimão and Carvoeiro for monchique mountain walk

Your Walking Guide will meet you at 09h00 at your accommodation in his air-conditioned minivan. In about 30 minutes he will drive you up to the Serra de Monchique where the starts.

After the hike, you will be transferred back to your accommodation where you will arrive at around 13h00.

The big red circle in this map indicates the free pick-up zone in the Lagos, Portimão and Carvoeiro area. Should you stay outside this, please contact us and we will be able to send you a competitive quote.

The minivan is licensed to operate as a mode of transport for tourist activities and has all insurances in place and it´s only you and your party occupying the van.

Am besten geeignet für

Alle between 13-75 years with some recent walking experience and is capable of walking 2 1/2 hours. The maximum distance that we will be able to cover is 11 km/6 miles. The terrain will be undulating and will have rocks and gravel surfaces, so good shoes or trainers are advised.

Erforderlich Fitness-Level nº 2, Schwierigkeitsgrad B

Enthalten

  • Free pick up from Lagos and Portimão area at 09h00
  • Information about the scenic route to Serra de Monchique
  • Free return transfer to the same place by 13h00
  • Specialist walking guide + driver
  • Info about local flora and fauna, culture and geology
  • Stop for free medronho tasting
  • Haftpflichtversicherung
  • Private Tour – no one else will join

Our Commitment to You – Cancel for free < 24hrs

Instant Confirmation: Following your booking, expect to receive an email confirmation promptly, complete with an attached invoice receipt.

Clear Meeting Details: Alongside your confirmation, we'll provide a map link or clear instructions regarding the meeting point or pick-up details.

Flexible Cancellation: Experience peace of mind with our hassle-free cancellation policy. You're free to cancel up to 24 hours before the activity (local time) and receive a full refund, no questions asked.

Weather Protection: If unfavourable weather conditions interfere with your plans, rest assured. We'll promptly refund your payment or reschedule your activity to a later date of your choice.
Since 2019, we've used FareHarbor, a cloud-based booking platform owned by Booking.com.

Your booking is securely handled by FareHarbor, with your payment held in a Reserve Fund until after your holiday.

Stripe manages all the payment transfers as well as refunds if necessary.
You can cancel up to 24 hours before your activity and get an immediate refund from the Reserve Fund.

If we cancel due to bad weather or other conditions, you'll also get a refund.

Refunds will appear on your bank statement as "FAREHARBOR." Rest assured, your money is safe with us.
To cancel or modify your reservation, reply to the CONFIRMATION email, indicating whether you prefer a refund or wish to reschedule.

Requests made less than 24 hours before the activity start time in Portuguese time cannot be accommodated.

If we need to cancel, we'll contact you via SMS or WhatsApp. You can opt to reschedule or receive a refund.

Refunds are processed from our Refund Reserve. Once issued, your bank determines when the credit will appear on your card, typically within 3 to 5 business days. Upon successful processing, in which you will be notified by email, the refund is in your bank's hands for delivery.
Monchique Mountain Walk online booking calendar

What to bring to the Monchique Mountain Walk:

  • eine Flasche Wasser
  • ein kleiner Snack oder etwas Obst
  • Sonnenschutz (50+ im Sommer)
  • a hat and a wind or rain jacket (October – April)
  • a pair of good trainers or boots

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