Monchique Tours
Monchique Hills & Flavors

Monchique Hills & Flavors

By Algarve Food Experience
Walk through Monchique cork and medronho forest, delve into its gastronomy and learn how local farmers create the best cured meat in Algarve. Start early in the morning on a hike to the most panoramic point in Monchique, through cork and medronho trees. Visit a black pigs factory, where producing Portugal’s most flavoursome meat is done by methods that have been passed on from generations. Learn how the sausages and the famous chouriços are produced at the farm. Taste the best chouriço and raw hams in Monchique paired with a fine glass of red wine. Visit a Medronho distillery, where local producers will show you the process of distillation and explain step by step how it is made
per adult
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Ages 12-75, max of 8 per group
Duration: 6h
Start time: Check availability
Mobile ticket
Live guide: English, Italian

  • Lunch
  • Coffee and/or Tea
  • A glass of wine and a liquor tasting session
  • Bottled water
  • Entry/Admission - Serra da Picota
What's not included
  • Private transportation

Start:Multiple pickup locations offered.
  • Intermarché Monchique, R. Pé da Cruz, 8550-328 Monchique, Portugal
    We will meet at Intermarché Parking Area in Monchique
Hotel pickup offered
During checkout you will be able to select from the list of included hotels.
    End:This activity ends back at the meeting point.

      • Not wheelchair accessible
      • Service animals allowed
      If you have questions about accessibility, we’d be happy to help. Just call the number below and reference the product code: 236869P1

      • Confirmation will be received at time of booking
      • Not recommended for travelers with back problems
      • Not recommended for pregnant travelers
      • No heart problems or other serious medical conditions
      • Travelers should have a moderate physical fitness level
      • Children over 10 are welcome
      • This experience requires good weather. If it’s canceled due to poor weather, you’ll be offered a different date or a full refund
      • This experience requires a minimum number of travelers. If it’s canceled because the minimum isn’t met, you’ll be offered a different date/experience or a full refund
      • This tour/activity will have a maximum of 8 travelers

      • All sales are final and incur 100% cancellation penalties.

      If you have questions about this tour or need help making your booking, we’d be happy to help. Just call the number below and reference the product code: 236869P1

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        Written May 20, 2024
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        5.0 of 5 bubbles
        A day funding out about Algarve traditions... And delicious oranges!
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      • X9504CEtommyn
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        5.0 of 5 bubbles
        Making jam, having a jam
        We had a tremendous day, the highlight was meeting João and Maria at their farm and listening to them share their stories and knowledge about the farm. It's an exceptionally beautiful place with beautiful people. Our guide Sofia was super friendly and really knowledgeable about the local area and we felt very welcome. After preparing the oranges for the jam making we shared a fantastic lunch prepared by Maria the same morning, her traditional treats and homegrown/homemade produce were exceptional and we feel lucky to have had the opportunity to try them! All of which were vegan and we appreciate the extra effort and thought that went into preparing this for us. The crown goes to the orange jam, we took a jar back with us but only had one night left in Portugal. We demolished the whole jar between us the following morning at breakfast. Never had anything like it before. Chefs kiss. To top the day off we had an impromptu jam on the banjo with João on guitar, the absolute icing on the cake to a very wholesome day out. Thoroughly recommend.
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        Perfect day!
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      5.0 of 5 bubbles3 reviews
      Very good

      Kartik Patel
      9 contributions
      5.0 of 5 bubbles
      May 2021 • Solo
      Great way to spend a day.
      You will learn all about the famous black pigs from which the famous hams come from. You will meet the family who run the pig farm and get to know them the pigs and the family dogs. You will then hike to the top of the hill upon which there farm is positioned for 360 degree views across to the west and south coasts. You will have a simple picnic up there before trekking back down and driving over for lunch at a local tavern serving food you won't find anywhere on the coast, a true gem. After this over to the village where Medronha, the local spirit it made before finishing up.

      The guide Matteo speaks great English and is very knowledgeable.

      A great day!
      Written May 28, 2021
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      Thanks a lot Kartik for your kind words. It was a pleasure to guide you through the hills and flavors of Monchique. Hope to meet you again whenever you want to take on your next hiking adventure. Matteo
      Written May 29, 2021
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      Holger G.
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      5.0 of 5 bubbles
      Apr 2021 • Solo
      A wonderful hike up to one of the highest points of the region combined with a lot of information about local food and landscape. Adorable guides combining Italian charme with portuguese sympathy. Thank you very much for this wonderful day Matteo and Glória
      Written April 13, 2021
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