Monchique Mountain Walking & Marathon 2019
The International Hiking Week 2019 takes you on several different guided walks. Between Christmas and New Year, you can discover the Algarve uplands on seven paths, some shorter some longer. Being out and about on foot opens up a unique opportunity to get to know Monchique with your own senses: the natural surroundings of the mountains with its streams, mills and waterfalls, the ancient forests of cork oaks and chestnut trees; the eatable plants and herbs, local dishes and specialities ranging from bread, ham and chouriço to local varieties of fruit, desserts and cakes. In the process, craftspeople producing items made of clay (vases), jewellery, leather (shoes), wooden chairs and tools will be visited, along with a medronho distillery and an olive oil mill. Meeting point 1 Intermarché Monchique • Meeting point 2 Hotel Central Caldas de Monchique • Start 9am. On Sunday, 30th December, the magazine ECO123 is organising the Monchique Mountain Marathon over a distance of 42.6 km and a half Marathon with 22 km. All participants have the opportunity to plant a tree in the Botanic Garden. The circular hike starts in Caldas de Monchique and leads through the parishes of Alferce, Monchique and Marmelete, over the two peaks Fóia (902m) and Picota (776m), and back to Caldas. Along the way, all participants will be provided with hot and cold drinks, snacks and soups among other things at seven stations. At the Fóia Adventure Park, there will be archery and brain-teasers on the region’s flora & fauna. Meeting point Caldas de Monchique, water factory exit • Start 6am Financial profits will be invested into maintenance of the reforestation project ”Botanic Garden”.