We see a great day ahead! Algarve is not only made of beach and sea, it is also made of heights such as the Monchique mountains, a place of waterfalls, fresh and crystalline water, oaks and chestnut trees, native species and a well-preserved natural reserve, which was not affected by the easy profit of eucalyptus like other regions of the country.
But well, we are not here to whine!
We will contemplate historic villages like the village of Alvor, an area of nature reserves like its Ria, which is the home of residents and tourists with feathers, no, we are not crazy, just cheerful! Feathered residents and tourists are local and migratory birds! Bringing a certain brightness and color to this place, there are species as diverse as the Eurasian Eagle-Owl, Bonelli's Warbler or Flamingos, consequently assuming great significance in the panorama of national ornithology.
We will start the day with a climb to Fóia’s Peak, the highest point in the Algarve and the second in the south of Portugal, with 902 meters. Open your eyes and contemplate the wonderful landscape, which changes between games of light and color depending on the time of day and weather conditions you visit. Even though it is always a stunning landscape, without a doubt!
After that, as everything that goes up must also go down, we go down to Monchique.
Here, the mountain stands out and its home to picturesque cobbled streets, a local market and several festivals and fairs throughout the year. You can see some beautiful pieces of art in local galleries, including the Santo António Gallery and the Monchique’s Religious Art Core.
Enjoy and feel inspired by the local art and the pieces that surround it.
Next, we will head to Alvor for a nice lunch at a local restaurant.
We will visit the picturesque Alvor Village, near Portimão, which represents a link between history, heritage and natural beauty.
Walking on its streets is a real exercise for the senses! The Arab presence is felt throughout the construction, in addition to the town’s name: Alvor or Al-Bûr (as it was called). We invite you to go up and down the streets searching the best view of one of the most impressive landscapes in Algarve: The Ria de Alvor.
Lastly, for all the great long days of our life, we also ask for a great long and well-deserved rest, so we return to the Hotel.