Macdonald Monchique Resort & Spa - Monchique, Algarve, Portugal

Other popular attractions in the Algarve

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The beaches in this popular tourist spot features welcoming bays and caves, with curious rock formations and long stretches of golden sand as well as crystal-clear waters, perfect for fishing. 30min drive.

Set on a sandy peninsula in the wide bay of Lagos, this beautiful beach features an inland lagoon and is a natural sanctuary for many aquatic birds. 25min drive.

Set along one of the most beautiful preserved stretches of coastline in Europe, featuring high, rugged cliffs and stretches of pearl-coloured sand, Aljezur features peaceful beaches and is a haven for water sports enthusiasts. 30 min drive.

Vila do Bispo
Situated on the southwest tip of Portugal, the waters here are an enticing combination of the wild, cold Atlantic and the warm Mediterranean, and beaches range from windswept to sheltered. The area is also popular for birdwatching. 45 min drive.


At 902m, Mount Fóia is the highest point in the Algarve, and its summit offers unbeatable views of the Algarve’s picturesque south and west coasts.

Parque da Mina
A guided tour of this park takes you back in time, to learn about some of the traditions and customs that are still very present here today.
Activity Time: 45 mins

Moinho do Poucochinho
The Poucochinho water mill is thought to date back to Roman times, and was used to grind grain. It’s now one of the most visited tourist attractions in the Monchique area.

Cascata do Barbelote
This breathtaking waterfall is a hidden treasure in the Serra de Monchique.

Igreja Matriz
A picturesque church dating back to the 15th century that was rebuilt following an earthquake in 1755.

Galeria de Santo António
An 18th-century chapel that has been turned into a cultural space, hosting art exhibitions and concerts.


Boasting a privileged and unique location, on the far south-westerly tip of Europe and creating a bridge between the Atlantic Ocean and the Mediterranean, Portimão is a place which has a fantastic climate and a very rich natural beauty. It is a land which holds its rural and maritime roots in high esteem.

Easily accessible from Faro Airport, Portimão, Alvor and Mexilhoeira Grande are the three civil parishes in a municipality covering 183 square kilometres and with a fixed population of over 50,000 people.

The most beautiful beaches in Portimão stretch for over eight kilometres. The fine, golden sand blends harmoniously with the ochre of the cliffs, the deep blue sky and the crystal-clear blue of the sea, creating idyllic scenarios in which to enjoy your holiday in the Algarve.

Monchique is a 20 min drive from Portimão.

Take us up on our suggestion: grab a map of Portimão and go and explore the region’s various charms. Explore the streets of Portimão, discover the city’s history, and surrender to the charm of its enriching historical and cultural heritage. A surprise awaits in Alcalar where you can see the legacy left to us by prehistoric civilisations. Take the little ones on a visit to the Portimão Educational Farm and introduce them to the friendly animals.

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The picturesque town of Alvor, near Portimão, represents a connection between history, heritage and natural beauty.

Taking a walk through the streets of Alvor is a true workout for your senses. Here, the Arab presence can be seen in many of the buildings or in the marabouts, as well as in the name itself: Alvor or Al-Bûr (as it was known).

Monchique is a 20 min drive from Alvor.

We invite you to walk up and down the streets in search of the best view over the houses and to one of the most impressive landscapes of the Algarve: the Ria de Alvor (Alvor Estuary).
In Alvor, the fishing boats contrast with the calmness of the salty air and the various shades of red in the sky at sunset.

"It’s impossible to visit Portugal without exploring beautiful sea caves and beaches that are abundant in the region of Algarve. To explore we picked Alvor, as I have been told that it has one of the most beautiful sunsets in this region.

Alvor is a small fishing village on the southern coast of Portimao. The town itself is quite small and you can easily see all it in half a day. We took a taxi from the Macdonald Monchique, arranging with our taxi driver to pick us up later in the day so we can return to the hotel. We started our little adventure at the Ababuja which is a well-known fish restaurant that serves local cuisine. Since we are in the fishing village in Portugal, I thought this would the most appropriate start to our little adventure. I opted for squid and tuna pate to start with followed by a tuna steak. Needless to say, it tasted really fresh and delicious."

read the rest of Tania´s experience in The London Thing.

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International Race Circuit Portimão

Motor sports fans visiting the region should check the race calendar at the F1-standard Algarve International Race Circuit. Located eight kilometers northwest of Portimão, this superb track has hosted automobile and motorcycling world championship events at the highest level of competition, tournaments such as the final of the World Superbike Championships, and, in 2009, the third round of the prestigious Le Mans Series - the first-ever motor sports competition held at night in Portugal. Between these glamorous supercharged headliners, visitors can test their own driving skills on the go-kart circuit. The facility has more than 50 karts for hire, and there's even a track for children up to the age of six. Several high profile festivals take place here, and one of the most family-orientated is the annual Algarve Classic Car Festival, held in October, and the largest and most colorful gathering of vintage and historic automobiles in Iberia. Incorporated into the event is the exciting Historic Endurance Series competition.


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