Hello from the top of the Algarve! Before you get into this post, you might want to check out our previous and more detailed one about the village of Monchique and the mountain of Fóia. You can read that post right here.
Now then! Earlier this year, we took two sets of visitors to go visit these places as well. One visit was to show the area to my parents when they came to visit us, and the other was to go up to Fóia for a moment with our friends who live in Portugal.
Both visits were great – as they always are with such amazing people – but they were also short as we were just up there wandering around.
Naturally, though, one of the most important things we had to do was to eat at Foz do Banho, a fantastic restaurant halfway up the mountain on the road to Monchique. We love this place, and always have to go when we’re in the area.
It’s got some nice views…
And even better food. Nom-a-licious!
This is the type of thing we live for!
After a couple of those long, relaxing, and very important meals on both trips, we headed up to Fóia itself. One of these times, there were cows grazing. Ding-dong!
Up here, you can check out the views all the way to the ocean. There are also paths to walk and boulders to climb, if that’s your thing.
Dad and I, representing on top of the world.
If you want more pictures from up here, please check out our original post about Fóia.
There’s also an artisan’s center next to the mountaintop, where you can buy anything from crafts to homemade treats from Portuguese artists. I thought Ang looked good in this hat, but she wasn’t having it. =\
We did get some various things from other sellers as gifts for both ourselves and for friends.
Back down in Monchique, we didn’t do a whole lot other than grab a coffee, but you can see a few more shots in that other post.
Just below Monchique, though, is another village called Caldas de Monchique. It’s a spa down, very tiny but also very pretty. It’s wedged in between two cliff sides, with a lovely hotel and pool, as well as some restaurants and shops.
This was our first visit here, and we could definitely go back for some rest, relaxation, and delicious food.
It was getting late, though, so we took off back to our place in Odiáxere. Looks pretty sweet, though! We’re certainly going to have to spend a day or two here next time around.
And that’s a wrap!
Be sure to check out our other Portugal posts right here, and our original Monchique and Fóia post here.
A very special and very big thanks to all the fine folks in Monchique and the Algarve, and to our pals and family for going with us!
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