In North-Western Algarve lies the market town of Monchique, an
area known for its thermal waters and healthy mountain air. There
are numerous activities on offer to keep you entertained throughout
your luxury Algarve holiday; hike to the Algarve's highest point,
Foia, for spectacular views, hire a bike, go horse riding, or keep
your eye out for the dozens of bird species.
Cape St. Vincent, the southwestern-most point of Portugal - and
Europe - has seen a few things over the years, namely the departure
of the many Portuguese voyages of discovery in the 15th and 16th
centuries. However, thanks to the protection of the Costa Vicentina
national park, this dramatic stretch of Atlantic coastline has
remained mercifully undeveloped, but nowadays the seafarers are of
a different kind and the School of Navigation has given way to surf
schools and some of the best surfing beaches in Europe, including the
renowned Amado. After the initial frustration of going through the
spin cycle a few times and having a sand facial, you'll soon
progress from shark biscuit to master of the cutback.
For the land lovers, spend your luxury Algarve holiday relaxing
on the sandy beaches, going donkey trekking, hiking and mountain
biking in the peaceful surroundings of the nature reserve, or
simply chilling out in a hammock and admiring the view. The sleepy
little seaside villages along the coast offer fresh seafood such as
barbecued sea bass, marinated in garlic and lemon and served up
just hours after it was caught.