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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...

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Monchique
Natural Viewpoints
Barranco de Pisoes
Barranco de Pisoes
Rui Glória | BY-SA

One of many natural attractions that can be found in and around Monchique, the Barranco de Pisões is a wonderful place for anyone who enjoys time in the natural world. Named after a prominent family that once owned the land, the site offers shady woodland walks past hundred-year-old plane trees and wonderful spots for a picnic. These echo to the sound of clear mountain streams which eventually form the Ribeira de Seixe River that demarks part of the provincial border between the Algarve and Alentejo.

On the same site you'll also come across the Moinho do Poucochinho, a water-powered...

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Monchique
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Porto Moniz natural swimming pools
Porto Moniz natural swimming pools
Holger Uwe Schmitt | BY-SA

The remote village of Porto Moniz on the north-eastern tip of the island has a history of whaling.  Today it remains a picturesque fishing village which visitors are drawn to the experience the unique joys of bathing in the natural lava pools. Try to come here before 11am or after 3pm when you won't have to share the delights on offer here with hordes of coach parties. 

The main reason people come here is to experience a dip in the natural rock pools, surrounded by stunning lava rock formations. The pools, joined together by a series of paths are the ideal spot for taking a dip in...

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Madeira
Family Natural Unusual
Cabo Girao glass floor / skywalk
Bengt Nyman | BY-SA

Have you got a head for heights?  One way to find out is to try out the Cabo Girao Cliffs Skywalk.  The volcanic cliffs at Cabo Girao tower 580 metres above the crashing waves below, making these one of the highest cliffs in Europe.  The spot attracts base jumpers from around the world who come here to make death-defying parachute jumps into the depths below.  In 2012 someone came up with the idea of building a suspended glass-bottomed platform here which lets visitors experience the dizzying sensation of walking on air whilst looking down at the stunning views below.  ...

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Madeira
Natural Viewpoints
Ilha de Tavira - Big beach / big sky
Ilha de Tavira
Hendrik Dacquin | BY-SA

The Ilha de Tavira (Tavira Island) has a well deserved reputation as one of the best beaches on The Algarve. Forming part of the Ria Formosa Natural Reserve, the island is an 11 kilometre long sand spit, which varies in width from 150 to 1000 metres.

What brings hordes of sun worshippers here from far and wide are the pristine golden sands and the crystal clear (if slightly chilly) bathing waters. Come here on a sunny day and you could be mistaken for thinking you'd...

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Tavira
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Arrabida Natural Park
Arrabida Natural Park
Senyrah | BY-SA

The Serra da Arrábida Natural Park (Parque Natural da Arrábida) covers an area of over 100 square kilometres and is only about a 30 minute drive south from the capital city of Lisbon. It was given protected status as a national park in 1976 to preserve its natural beauty. Whilst the park and its beaches are popular with day trippers from the city, few tourists are aware of its existence. The landscape was once used as a backdrop to the James Bond film On Her Majesty’s Secret Service during the scene when Bond’s newlywed wife is killed in a drive-by shooting. The...

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Sesimbra Setúbal
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Cabo Espichel sunset
Cabo Espichel sunset
Joaomartinho63 | BY-SA

The cape of Cabo Espichel is a windswept, rocky headland at the south-western tip of the land across the Tejo, around 40 kilometres south of Lisbon.  This is a wild, desolate spot, where giant waves crash against sheer, towering cliffs.  It is a place to appreciate the raw beauty of nature and is often a great place to come to watch the sunset, although visitors need to beware of the dangerous drops and the powerful gusts of wind. 

There has been a lighthouse at Cabo Espichel since the 15th century, and today a...

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Sesimbra
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Cabo da Roca
Cabo da Roca
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The rocky headland of Cabo da Roca , 40 kilometres southwest of Lisbon, has the distinction of being the most westerly point of mainland Europe and the Eurasian landmass and there is a monument here to tell you just that. To make sure you are still in no doubt, certificates to prove you have been here can be bought from the souvenir shop.

The stunning view from the 144 metre-high (500ft) granite cliffs takes in the Serra de Sintra, the big open sky and the crashing waves of the seemingly endless Atlantic Ocean.  No wonder it was once thought that this place...

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Cascais Sintra
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Parque Florestal Monsanto - Lisbon
Parque Florestal Monsanto
Luis Louro

Monsanto Forest Park (Parque Florestal Monsanto) is a large, protected forested area to the west of Lisbon which provides a welcome opportunity to relax away from the traffic and crowds of the city.

This 10 square kilometre site is Lisbon's largest green space and offers panoramic views of the city, the Tejo River and the Atlantic Ocean.  The forest trails, some of which are quite hilly, are popular with walkers, runners and cyclists, and there are children's play areas, picnic areas and more.  A number of sporting and cultural events are...

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Lisbon
Gardens Natural
Ilha da Culatra from the air
Ilha da Culatra from the air
João Domingos | BY-SA

The car-free sandbank island of Culatra is a popular destination for day-trippers who come here to get away from the crowds on the Algarve mainland and to enjoy the calm waters and stunning beaches on offer here.

The Ilha da Cultura is basically one huge beach on which you will always be able to find a quiet spot to throw your towel down. Nude sunbathing is not unheard of here so don't be surprised if you go wandering among the dunes!

Apart from tourism, the main economic activity here is fishing, and the small settlement of Culatra is a working fishing...

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