Goin’, goin’, back, back to Fóia, Fóia. (You should probably do that to music for it to make any sort of sense.) So yeah! My sister and brother-in-law, Heidi and Ben, came to visit, and we went to Portugal! Again! Because we love Portugal!
This meant we had to take them to Monchique and the mountain of Fóia, just like we’ve done so many times before with our lovely guests. While it was nice and sunny near the beaches of the Algarve, that was not at all the case in early January on top of a mountain.
It was so, so cold. Brrrrr! I stood around waiting for them to look at things while trying not to be blown away by the freezing cold wind that was going crazy at the summit of Fóia. Just a few pictures for this one!
After that very brief visit, we high-tailed it into the artisan center next to the summit, where you can buy all sorts of locally-made goods. I was digging these little folks.
We then headed partway down the mountain to the spa village of Caldas de Monchique. Most of the town was closed for the season, but we had a nice walk around for a bit.
And that was that! It was quite cold up there and definitely not the best time of year to visit. But! If you go when it’s not the dead of winter, it’s quite a beautiful and relaxing place to hang out. More things are open, too.
Be sure to check out our other Portugal posts right here.
A very special and very big thanks to all the fine folks in Caldas de Monchique and the Algarve, and to Heidi and Ben for visiting!
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