Alferce, a village nestled in the hills of Monchique, is known for its natural beauty.
Many visitors are drawn to the area for its picturesque landscapes and hiking trails and one hidden gem is being noticed — the Alferce boardwalk.
This wooden pathway winds through the landscape for around 800m, offering visitors a unique opportunity to immerse themselves in the tranquillity and splendour of the surrounding nature.
The Alferce boardwalk, which includes a suspended bridge, was conceived as a joint effort between the local community and environmental organisations to promote eco-tourism whilst preserving the natural ecosystem.
At various intervals along the boardwalk, strategically positioned observation decks provide panoramic views of the surrounding countryside.
These tranquil spots also offer excellent opportunities for photographers and nature enthusiasts to capture the essence of Alferce’s natural beauty.
Designed to provide visitors with a sustainable way to explore the region’s diverse flora and fauna, without causing any harm to the delicate ecosystem, visitors can continue along a 6kms walking trail linking the village of Alferce to its castle.
The ruined castle sits atop a hill which offers fabulous views of the area. Throughout the 19th century various archaeological digs have taken place and the castle is to be included in the current project to encourage visitors to the area.
The Alferce boardwalk will also serve as an educational resource. Throughout the pathway, informative signage and interpretive displays will offer insights into the local flora, fauna, and geological features. These are not yet in place.
There will be an interpretation centre located in the village itself, within the walls of an historic building that was originally a chapel and school.
If you are seeking a tranquil escape into nature, don’t miss the chance to discover Alferce and its boardwalk.
To access the boardwalk aim for Alferce’s cemetery. There are a few signs once you are walking to aid you, definitely a walk to enjoy.
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