safari-serra de monchique
serra de monchiqe sorrounding the awsome village of monchique. this tip yu can follow by just going, to a one of several others, tourist offers and let yourself driven into the site. i took a safari,no animals in sight thou', and had a great time .a gorgeous restaurant on the way provides yu a great meal lunch time, and breath a litle, for the rest of the journey, that brings yu to the hotel.
The Monchique Mountains (?)
Again, I only spent a few hours in Monchique as part of a day long bus tour around the 'historic Algarve'. Supposedly the 'Monchique mountains' , the highest point in the Algarve. However, I come from Scotland and these are definately not mountains!!
However, the view from Foia (900 metres) is pretty amazing. You can see all the way to the coast - Portimao and Lagos. We were lucky, and although most of the morning had been very overcast, by the time we got here, it had cleared up quite a lot and we got to see the beautiful view.
The journey on the way to Monchique was fascinating as it is along this road that you can see where the cork comes from. You will see that the trees are numbered according to the last time their top layer of bark was stripped. It is quite interesting to note that the redder (I think it was a reddish colour) the colour of the bark, the more recently it was stripped.