… As a responsible, thriving renewables company, we are increasing efforts in awareness. Not just for our solutions, but our local and regional Algarve environment.
We focus on the Serras – the beautiful mountainous zone which stretches across the northern part of the Algarve, occupying about 7% of the total area. Did you know there are three ranges? All offer excellent walks and terrain for a diversity of wildlife. With plenty of places to park along routes, you can leave your car and start hiking.
The Serra de Espinhaco de Cao is best accessed between the villages of Odeceixe and Carapateira, located within the national park of southwest Alentejo and the Costa Vincentina, on the western coast of the Algarve. In the centre there is the well-known Serra de Monchique which includes Foia (902m), the Algarve’s highest point. Six kilometres east is Picota peak (774m), the second highest. And most easterly, is Serra de Caldeirao, which runs between Gomes Aires down to Loule.
The hills of the Caldeirão were once thickly forested with cork and holm oak, but many areas were stripped out during the 15th century, when oak was needed for shipbuilding during the Portuguese voyages of discovery. The result was huge soil erosion during the rains, and led to silting up of river estuaries. During World War I, even more deforestation occurred to grow wheat and help reduce food shortages. But due to the shallow topsoil, yields fell. Today locals eke out a living growing vegetable, fruit, raising pigs, sheep and goats.
The Algarve’s wide variety of soil types, habitats and climate produce an exceptional range of flowers and shrubs. These are best seen between February and June, when the landscape is ablaze with colour, and again in September through October. Protect the Serras by keeping to any designated trails. This helps the 30 rare orchids that prevail and the many other unique wildflowers. Enjoy, but don’t take them home with you. Our environment needs your continued help.
Not interested in walking, wildflowers and seeking wildlife… you could always check-in to one of the best spas in the Algarve. A slice of luxury, this 5-star hideaway resort with all the facilities awaits you in Monchique. Set among immaculate lawns with fabulous views, it offers excellent suites with balconies, super service and fine dining. The only noise is the hum of bees and birdsong helping you wake to a glorious sunrise…