on Saturday, 30th December 2017
Caldas de Monchique is the starting and finishing point for the Monchique Mountain Marathon 2017. The first stage leads to Fornalha and from there it goes uphill to Corte Pequena and to Picota (776m). There, the second stage ends and leads downhill via Ginjeira to Monchique (455m) into the third stage, which ends at the Óxálá tea house near the town hall. At the end of each stage, as well as drinks and snacks, an envelope will be waiting for each participant. This envelope will contain a question that has to be answered and will count towards the score. From Monchique, the path leads uphill for a long way, past the convent in the direction of Fóia (902m), and to Penedo de Buraco, the Adventure Park. There, another sporting surprise will await all the participants: archery, which will also be included in the scoring. Grab lunch and continue with the fifth stage past the wind park in the direction of Marmelete. Near Almarjão, the sixth table will be waiting with hot and cold drinks as well as tips about the way back as darkness begins to fall. Crossing of the Vale Figueiras, Casais (seventh table near the bakery) and Castelo de Nave. Now it’s no longer far to the finish in Caldas de Monchique, where the circular route of the marathon ends. The whole route is 42.6 km long.
Start of the hike: 6:00 a.m. • End of the hike: approximately 8:00 p.m.
Participation fee: 30 € + 25 € for a marathon kit:
Including marathon set with safety vest, water bottle, head lamp and plasters for blisters, as well as lunch, drinks and power snacks.
The winners of the marathon will receive gift baskets with local products worth 1,000 euros.