“Up and up and up. What a view.”
We decided to head out to Monchique to sample it's "untouched by tourism" delights but ended up driving through. We kept on going up and up, pushed on by the views as they kept on getting better and better the further we climbed. Eventually it was more of a stubborn thing really - to get to the top and not be beaten by the distance!
I'm so glad my stubbornness paid off, as at the top the views are breath taking. A clear unobstructed view to Portimao and Lagos and the bay in between and miles to the east and west of the towns. There was quite a big shop where you could probably get all of your tourist trinkets from, but aside from that the observatory was the only other building. The restaurant/bar is attached to the shop and looks like it would well be worth a visit.
The mountain is 3000ft high at it's peak. At the top I must admit I felt a bit weird. I'm not entirely sure that it was the altitude that did it, but perhaps worth baring in mind if you have any experience at that sort of height.
A really beautiful place to visit and well worth putting on your "drive around the Algarve" day trip.
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