Monchique Sport and Leisure
Things to do in and around Monchique
The landscape of Serra de Monchique with a predominance of the medium mountain was practically untouched by the mass tourism that is observed along the Algarve coast. The mountain has a volcanic origin and consists of two distinct rock layers: Shale is predominant up to a height of 300 – 400 meters; In this punch rests a massive syenite. Hiking and mountaineering trails cross the mountain. It also offers a wide range of outdoor activities: canoeing, abseiling, rock climbing and mountain biking, among many others.
A few kilometers south of Monchique is the town of Caldas de Monchique, a famous spa resort. Already in the time of the Roman Empire warm and sulfurous water was highly valued, sprouting at a constant temperature of 32 ° C, so the Romans set up a bathing place here. In years of extreme drought, parts of the mountain range were damaged by forest fires caused by human activities, negligence or even on purpose.