Hiking Monte de Foia in the Serra Monchique is a peaceful and solitary experience. This unspoilt corner of Portugal’s Algarve is beautiful and offers amazing views of the coast. The via Algarviana hiking trail intersects with Monte de Foia, if you want to explore further.
We parked and spent two nights at the top of Foia where there is a cafe and interpretation centre. Not the best views (lots of masts) but a number of walks available from the peak.
Yes, a relatively easy walk if they can manage the distance.
Loos and cafe at Foia peak and again in Monchique but nothing on the route itself.
Generally quiet, in the high season most people prefer the coat and in winter you may get low cloud which keeps people away..
Hiking Monte de Foia, Serra Monchique
This is a great circular hike from the peak of Foia to Monchique. The route down utilises the via Algarviana which passes close to the peak at Foia and can be taken from here on to Marmalete in the opposite direction, if you want to do a second hike from Foia.
Once in Monchique, look for signage to Foia from the main square, the route will take you back up via a different path, which is partway road and so easy underfoot. Google Maps or an app such as View Ranger would be helpful for this section of the hike; the signage between village and route back up to the summit is patchy.
When we did this hike, the locality had recently been decimated by wild fires; it was difficult to see and in places on the hike we were surrounds by black stumps of trees and vegetation. It is important to continue to support the local community by using and purchasing from their services when hiking in the area.