Walking Festival

70% is the percentage of water in our body.

71% is the percentage of the Earth’s surface covered in water in its liquid state.

14 million tonnes is the estimated amount of plastic at the bottom of the seas and oceans. Water is where life began and all organisms living on the planet need water. Water is a vital necessity. It is a habitat. It is a resource. It's a point of balance in the ecosystem. It is a means of transport and leisure. It is a point of production, connection and movement. Water is a network, an origin. It's a resource that we enjoy and use every day.

Let’s make a very conscious list of the reasons to look after and preserve this natural resource. We want to continue benefitting from water in its many aspects whether they be essential, therapeutic or organisational.

This, then, is our homage to water. Hand in hand with the Walking Festival we want to invoke this resource and make our plea here for its preservation. Water is the lifeblood of the Monchique Mountains. Here, on the sacred mountain, water is also food for people’s lives and this very special ecosystem. Here, where this food fo our souls and our well-being is enhanced by the coolness of the streams. Let’s make this festival a journey to contemplate and discover water, not only this rich interior but also the innermost parts of each one of us.

Activities: hiking, themed and cultural walks, family and child-focused activities, workshops, studios, theatre, yoga, stargazing and more.

This event is part of the AWS - Algarve Walking Season - annual calender, a regional joint promotion project with walking festivals in the Algarve and the “Revitalise Monchique - Tourism as a Catalyst” Project, financed by the Portuguese Tourist Board, Turismo de Portugal.

Co-promotors:Algarve Tourism Board, Algarve Tourism Association and Almargem Association

Partners:Águas de Monchique

Where to eat

Where sleep

How to get to Monchique


  • Município de Monchique


  • Junta de Freguesia de Monchique
  • Junta de Freguesia de Marmelete


  • Região de Turismo do Algarve
  • Turismo de Portugal
  • Água de Monchique