Monchique Mountain Marathon 2018


27/12/18 > 03/01/19

Walking connects the mind to the body and the soul.
Being in harmony with Nature also helps you to be in harmony with yourself...

Escape from winter

Monchique Mountain Walking & Marathon 2018

Out and about on foot at almond blossom time.

Vila Foia

How far can we still travel using our own bodies and on our own feet? Monchique Mountain Marathon 2018 is an offer to take you on several different guided walks and hikes. Between Christmas and the New Year, you can discover the Algarve uplands on six paths, some longer some shorter. 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 culture of regional music, 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 leather (shoes), wood (Roman scissor chairs) and clay (vases) will be visited, along with a medronho distillery and an olive oil mill. Between Thursday, 27th December and Saturday 29th December, MMM 2018 offers you genuine insights into the upland regions of the Algarve on six unique walks between 6 km and 25 km in length…

Start 9:00 a.m. • Meeting point 1 Intermarché Monchique • Meeting point 2 Hotel Central Caldas de Monchique


On Sunday, 30th December, the magazine ECO123 is organising the Monchique Mountain Marathon over a distance of 42.6 kilometres and a half Marathon with 21 kilometres. The circular hike starts in Caldas de Monchique and leads through the parishes of Marmelete, Monchique and Alferce, over the two peaks Fóia (902m) and  Picota (776m), and back to Caldas. Along the way, all the 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. Here, all participants can immortalise themselves in a symbolic tree-planting. At the end of the marathon, the winners will receive gift baskets with local products worth 1,000 euros.

Start 6:00 a.m. • Meeting point Caldas de Monchique, water factory exit

Financial profits from MMM 2018 will be invested by the organisers in the maintenance of local footpaths and reforestation with oak and chestnut trees and other indigenous species

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