Portuguese trivia (VIII)

IMG_8296If you’ve ever been to Portugal there’s a good chance you’ve been to the Algarve… And what did you see in there? The beach, some pubs/nightclubs/bars and not much else, I could bet. Do you have any idea where the highest spot in the Algarve is? Yeah, I didn’t think so…

Next time you’re in the Algarve if you get tired of roasting sunbathing why not get to know a different side of this region? Near the quiet (and cute) town of Monchique there’s a mountainous area, by the name of Serra de Monchique, and you can drive all the way up to its peak, called Fóia.

On the way up there are a couple of sightseeing spots and also a few restaurants selling chicken piri-piri (much to the delight of the English tourists). At 902 mt high, Fóia may not seem as impressive as so many other peaks in Portugal or anywhere else, but on clear days it gives you a privileged view of the surrounding area all the way to the Atlantic Ocean. Fóia is also home to several telecommunications facilities, including some that belong to the Portuguese Air Force, so don’t expect only pretty sights: There’s also a very practical side to this landmark.

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