Monchique is a small, colourful mountain town at the foot of the Foia and Picota mountains. A short, half-hour drive from the beaches of the Atlantic, it is home to traditional workshops, galleries and shops that sell sell wood, ceramic and embroidered handicrafts.

Where to Eat?

A range of traditional mountain foods are served in both affordable and upmarket restaurants. 


What To Do?


Walk the the windy alleyways, visit the remains of the 400 year old convent and hike to the top of the Big & Small sister mountains, Foia & Picota, or rent bikes for world- class down-hill, BTT, gentler cycling through the  region's glorious cork-oak forests.


Mountain Walks

Walk this unique corner of the world right from Vila Foia's doorstep. As a designated ecological area, Monchique is blessed with many diverse micro-climates and rich flora and fauna that are best discovered on foot. For both the serious walker and the stroller, Vila Foia has selected a range of circular walks that take you into the forests and the mountain's uplands. Take a picnic and spend the day out in the fresh air or simply stretch your legs and work up an apetite en route to a restaurant.

Check out our other digital route maps on Wikiloc or download our Mountain Walks Maps (PDF).

Short Walks:

Luar da Foia Restaurant Walk

2,44KM | Easy

Oak & Poppy Route

3,55KM | Moderate

Jardim das Oliveiras Restaurant Walk

4.04KM | Moderate

The Oak & Poppy Route, for example:


The Algarve


The Algarve is the beautiful southern coastline of Portugal. It is a region blessed with stunning beaches, picturesque fishing towns and a glorious climate, all of which combine to create the perfect holiday destination.


It provides a wide variety of touristic activities that cater to all members of a family, from pristine beaches to water parks; from buzzing nightlife to historic cultural tours; from coastal walks to skydiving..... The local population is multicultural, welcoming and hospitable.


Southern Portugal is a hassle-free destination with comparatively short flights to most European cities.