The Algarve, blessed with fabulous weather, an amazing coastline and a rich and varied landscape, from the Atlantic Ocean to the Monchique Mountains, makes the most of its natural assets – perfect for your Algarve holiday at the Monte Santo Resort.
Expert or novice, champion or first-timer, think of a sport, leisure pastime or nature-based activity and you will be able to enjoy it to the full in the Algarve, whatever the location, whatever the season. There is always something to do, and something for everybody in the Algarve.
Horse lovers can saddle up at riding centres near Carvoeiro and stables throughout the Algarve with rides to suit all standards, individually or in small groups.
Discover the Ria Formosa, one of the 7 Wonders of Portugal:
An interesting walk through the diverse Algarve landscapes, passing through pine forests towards freshwater lakes, salt flats and marshes.
It is one of the most interesting places for bird watching in the Algarve, home to Flamingos, Spoonbills, Egrets as well as various waders and waterfowl.
Whether you are travelling the Algarve from the Monte Santo Resort by car or bicycle, take a trip to the Serra de Monchique and enjoy the countryside and some fresh air.
Climb up the mountains to a height of 902 metres that will put you at the highest point not only in the range but also in the whole of the Algarve. This high spot is called Pico da Fóia, where you will be treated to some excellent views of the landscape. Nearby, make sure you visit the archaeological remains of when the Romans used Monchique’s waters for medicinal purposes.
When holidaying at the Monte Santo Resort, see and feel the raw beauty of the Algarve countryside by venturing west of Lagos through rolling hills to Sagres and Cabo de São Vicente.
Sagres is particularly popular with visitors coming to see the place where Prince Henry the Navigator, son of King John I, built his famous school of navigation. The school has earned Sagres a significant place in Portugal’s history because it was where Henry bought together great mariners, astronomers, ship-builders and cartographers to build and navigate great ships in the period of the Age of Discoveries.
Further along from the fort, is the headland, Cabo de São Vincente (“Cape St. Vincent”).
The point was named after the body of St. Vincent taken there to protect from the invading Moors and so becoming a place of pilgrimage for centuries. In 1173, the first King of Portugal, Afonso Henriques, had the remains of St.Vincent transported to Lisbon. There is also a lovely lighthouse -claimed to be one of Europe’s most powerful lighthouses- and the views from the point are simply breathtaking.
More Algarve Nature activities:
Big game and reef fishing: The Algarve is considerate one of the best Big Game Fishing places in the world. Do not miss out on the excellent opportunity to spend a Spectacular Algarve Fishing day fishing for blue and white marlin, swordfish, tuna fish, blue and mako sharks during your holiday at Monte Santo.
Walking Tours: Feel the warm Algarve sun in your face and the scent of wild flowers, eucalyptus and pine trees. When at Monte Santo do not miss out on walking on century old donkey tracks and paths, along fig trees, orange groves, cork forest, almond trees, medronho allowing you some amazing scenic views of the Algarve country side.
Guadiana boat trip: A lovely day out from Monte Santo is to take a boat trip on the river Guadiana which borders with Spain. Relax and enjoy the wonderful Algarve landscape and the excellent views of tidal mills and Mediterranean scrublands along the way to Alcoutim – a charming village with an old castle. Boats leave from Vila Real and there are many operators to choose from
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