Cottage | 3 bedrooms | sleeps 5
Nested in the beautiful unspoiled mountains of Monchique is this traditional cottage recently renovated with original character, it used to be a farm it still has fruit trees such as oranges, peaches, bananas, figs, plums and lemon trees.
The bedrooms are very comfortable, and the whole house is beautifully furnished. Every room enjoys mountain views. There is also a terrace complete with gazebo, table and chairs for al fresco eating, and comfortable outdoor sofas where you can sit and indulge in the beautiful setting. Ideally located for day trips to the Algarve attractions like sandy beaches, shopping opportunities in Portimao or the unspoiled western coast and it's wild white sandy beaches, located only 5 minutes drive from Monchique town and the municipal outdoor and indoor pools, supermarkets, market with fresh local produce of fruit and veg. It really has the best of both worlds quiet location in the woods, only 5 minutes drive from town center.
There is parking available in the area and a car is definitely recommended.
Smoking is permitted in designated area ie the terrace.
There is a bakery just 2 minutes walk from the cottage, so you have freshly backed bread every morning. And up the road there is a restaurant which serves delicious home made food and is very affordable.
|Size||Sleeps up to 5, 3 bedrooms|
|Nearest beach||Praia da Rocha (Portimao), Praia da Amoreira (Alje 25 km|
|Will consider||Long term lets (over 1 month)|
|Nearest Amenities||5 km|
|Nearest travel links||Nearest airport: Faro International Airport 80 km, Nearest railway: Portimao 25 km|
|Family friendly||Suitable for children over 5|
|Notes||No pets allowed, Yes, smoking allowed|
Features and Facilities
|Luxuries||Log fire, Internet access, DVD player|
|General||TV, CD player, Satellite TV, Wi-Fi available|
|Utilities||Dishwasher, Cooker, Fridge, Freezer, Washing machine|
|Rooms||3 bedrooms, 1 bathrooms of which 1 Family bathrooms|
|Furniture||Single beds (3), Double beds (1), Dining seats for 6, Lounge seats for 5|
|Other||Linen provided, Towels provided|
|Outdoors||Balcony or terrace, Private garden|
The Algarve region
Monchique is known as the garden of Algarve. There are many different things to do in Monchique and it is so different from the coastal Algarve. Monchique is a lovely town to explore with lots of narrow, cobbled streets criss-crossing the hillside and shops and cafés dotted around. There are shops selling ceramics and craft work and when you want a break - pastelarias with a wonderful selection of freshly made cakes and pastries (often using the local honey) and restaurants serve home made food. The municipal pools are wonderful with outdoor and indoor pools.
Monchique is also a very popular area for mountain biking and long walks. Follow the signs in town and visit the ruins of the convent which overlooks Monchique- the walk up the hill is worth it for the views. Drive up to Foia, the highest point in the Algarve (and the coldest!), there are some restaurants along the route with (once again) fabulous views of the Monchique hills. Don't forget to visit Caldas de Monchique with it's thermal spa and wonderful, peaceful, gardens.
The highest point in the Algarve. It is 902 metres high and the view is fantastic - you can see from Cape St. Vincent in the west, to Faro in the east and to the Serra da Arrabida, near Lisbon, to the north! You also get an up-close view of the wind turbines! A word of caution - go prepared with something warm to put on! On the day we went it was 19°C in Portimão and just 9°C when we reached Foia.
Monchique is one of the most charming places on the Algarve and it's very different from the tourist coast. It sits atop the high Serra de Monchique range of hills that deflect cool winds and endow the Algarve with it's stable climate.
With dazzling views and a mild climate, Monchique's air is fresh and many activities take place on the unaltered hills: guided walks, horse riding, flower and bird's watchers, mountain biking, Yoga, meditation, aromatherapy and crystaltherapy.
And remember that in just half-an-hour you can explore the Algarve coast, Aljezur in costa Vicentina, in two hours you can be in Spain, and in three hours you can be in Lisbon.
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