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Highest point in the Algarve

Long, winding road from Monchique up to this viewing point. Over 900 metres, the highest point in... read more

Reviewed 21 June 2018
Hayling Island, United Kingdom
Fabulous, panoramic view of The Algarve and Monchique from here

You CAN drive up here but it's NOT the best idea because it's a VERY steep, winding, single track... read more

Reviewed 26 January 2018
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Reviewed 21 June 2018

Long, winding road from Monchique up to this viewing point. Over 900 metres, the highest point in the Algarve. Good views to Portimao and the coast. Cafe and gift shop at the summit

1  Thank JohnCracknell
Reviewed 26 January 2018

You CAN drive up here but it's NOT the best idea because it's a VERY steep, winding, single track road that just stops a with little more than a three-pointing space to turn round at the top. So if more than one other person has...More

2  Thank jasonbgregory66
Reviewed 11 November 2017

The cork harvesting makes the trees look eerie and creepy, misshapen and dark where the bark is removed. Serra da Picota combines this with spectacular hillsides.

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Reviewed 31 October 2017 via mobile

Found a recommendation to go there on a birdwatching site. Soaring eagles was a possibility. Got my self a rented car and went there. But no eagles, a very windy day blew the chance away. However the 360 panorama view was worth the trip. Stunning!!...More

1  Thank MMGghost
Reviewed 16 August 2017

Another hard climb on 2 wheels , but it had to be done , great views & scenery all around , fantastic descent back down to Monchique

Thank jimt1964spalding
Reviewed 30 May 2017 via mobile

Great walk with excellent views, we did it from Monchique. Love the cork forests, the wildflowers and butterflies. Contrary to some posts we saw no refreshment places anywhere near the top which suited us just fine.

Thank David R
Reviewed 27 May 2017

We walked up from Monchique and saw no-one until the top when we met a large Dutch walking party. We then descended the other side in a very roundabout but beautiful way.

Thank Lanchester71
Reviewed 25 May 2017

Get away from the crowds! If you must, drive most of the way, but in the end Walk/ scramble you have to. Views and then some! Crowds? They are over the other side of Monchique on foia!

Thank lynt72
Reviewed 13 March 2017

If you want the other view from hill top to coastline in the Algarve which does not have commercialism, this is your place. Peace and quiet, and stunning views to the coast. You need a clear day to appreciate the view, sit down and take...More

Thank Richard G
Reviewed 3 February 2017

lovely peaceful place, romantic place too - nice picture point - a must see and must goo and good camera required and the tour guide even had binoculars for us to use.. wow

Thank Sam D
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