Mount Fóia

Mount Foia at night
Mount Foia at night
Rui Glória | BY-SA

The highest peak in the Algarve, Mount Fóia is the guardian of the Serra de Monchique mountain chain. At 902 metres high, its summit provides views all the way to the tempting waters of the coast at Portimao, Lagos and Cabo de São Vicente.

Several hiking trails run towards the peak of Mount Fóia from Monchique, with the most commonly used following the walk laid down as part of the longer Via Algarvana before it detours to the top. It's just six kilometres in one direction, with an estimated walking time of anywhere between 1-3 hours dependent on how many stops you take for photographs along the way. But should that still sound too much like hard work for your holiday, there's also a public car park close to the summit.

If you reach the top and find yourself in need of refreshment, you'll be glad to hear there's a café and restaurant, as well as a small gallery.

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Monchique travel guide »

Rising up between the Algarve and neighbouring Alentejo region is the Serra de Monchique, a range of rolling mountains clad in heavy forest. Here you will find the highest point on the Algarve; standing at 902m (2,959ft) is the peak of Fóia...