Activities in Nature
On the way to Monchique, or at Meia Praia, you can experience activities in nature. Let us arrange the day for you to enjoy some of these activities
High Ropes Courses (3h) - Prepare the youngest for three hours of activities, with more than 60 games related to high rope courses. This is a height activity leading you from tree to tree where you will find different courses and several challenges such as bridges, rope nets and giant zip lines. The courses have 3 levels of difficulty: Curious (minimum age 4 years); Adventurous (minimum age 8 years); Fearless (minimum age 12 years).
Note: safety guaranteed by installations and personal protective equipment.
Initiation of Rope Climbing and Abseiling (1h30) - in the North hillside of Fóia there is a rock formation ideal to practice climbing and rappelling/abseiling, suitable for all levels of experience. The climb is intended to overcome a natural or artificial obstacle by using your feet, hands and appropriate equipment. The Rappel is the technique used for descending steep rock using a fixed rope and specific equipment that enables speed control and safety.
Paintball (1h30) - Venture into a 2500m2 playing field, set in the middle of the forest and filled with a series of natural and artificial obstacles. The minimum age to participate is ten years, and each participant will have 150 paintballs (with a possibility of recharge) as well as complete equipment.
Note: If you want to participate but you don’t have a team, just let us know and we can arrange for you to be included in a group.
Hiking - If you like to walk along trails and valleys, then we have the right option for you. It’s possible to organize hiking activities in the Serra de Monchique through paths from 4km to 20km. The most popular hiking routes are:
- Bica Boa / Fonte Santa Walking Trail
- Semedeiro / Picota / Caldas de Monchique Walking Trail
- Monchique / Fóia / Monchique Walking Trail
Mountain Biking - If you are a biking enthusiast there is always the option of riding a few rails on a mountain bike. Starting at the top of the Fóia at 900m altitude there are four options of downhill courses from 15km to 30km. Choose one of your preference: Downhill Cross Country; Tour Radical; Sports Tour; Touristic Tour.
M Canoeing - For a day spent peacefully enjoying nature, nothing like a canoe trip on the streams and dams of the Monchique area. Our knowledge of the different torrents allows safe canoeing.
Cable Slide | Zip Line - Slide on a steel cable, using an appropriate pulley, through the trees, abysses and precipices of the Monchique Mountains.
Archery – Increase your ability to concentrate, coordinate vision and movement with archery practice. We provide all the necessary equipment and an instructor will teach you the activity in safety.
Orientation - You can choose from several courses of the Monchique trails: opt to make a rally paper, a peddy paper, a bike paper or a treasure hunt. Start unravelling the clues that will allow you to succeed.
Birdwatching - The rich biodiversity found in Monchique allows a variety of ornithological species to make this place their habitat, such as Bonelli's Eagle (Hieraaetus fasciatus), Cobra Eagle (Circaetus gallicus), the Dark Lark (Galerida theklae), the Warbler (Warbler), the Common Blackbird (Sílvia communis), the Green Woodpecker (Picus viridis) among many others.
For more information, please contact Reception