The Algarve is Portugal’s sunshine coast, boasting endless sand beaches, clear waters and imposing coastal cliffs of sandstone, in colours ranging from yellow to red. But the southwesternmost corner of the European continent offers even more: a hilly and flower-festooned hinterland, an incomparably impressive rocky coastline and contemplative river landscapes are an enticement to long walks.
Serra de Monchique.
The Serra de Monchique is a mountain range in the western part of the Algarve, with the highest mountain being Foia (902 m). Picturesque Monchique is the base for walks in the area, which also has a lot of regional dishes to offer. The valley of this mountain range is known for its thermal baths and natural springs (Caldas de Monchique). Rest and relaxation are central to this quiet area of the Algarve.
Parque Natural da Ria Formosa.
The Ria Formosa stretches for 60 km along the southern coast. The area has a special nature: a varied flora and fauna, many rivers, islands, sandbanks. The wetland natural park is a paradise for birdwatching in the Algarve.
The Costa Vicentina is located on the western coast of southern Portugal, with beautiful nature, beautiful beaches and colorful flower meadows. At Aljezur you will find beautiful sandy plains and another highlight is the Cabo de Sao Vicente, the westernmost point of Europe.