The “Feira dos Enchidos Tradicionais”, traditional sausage fair of Serra de Monchique is a highlight on the events calendar of the region thanks to it offering a true taste of mountain life with a combination of great food, local drinks and entertainment throughout the event.

This year the sausage festival returns for the 23rd year and will once again be held at the municipal heliport between the 4th and 6th of March.

The aim of the sausage festival is to promote the traditional chouriço sausage that is produced in the mountains and is part of many dishes made both inland and along the coast in Portugal.  The recipes of these sausages are closely guarded secrets and are handed down from one generation to the next and the unique ingredients and blends allow these sausages to have a truly wonderful flavour and one that you will find yourself going back for to try more!

Not only are there sausages available to taste and try, there are also many other local products, including the famous Monchique mountain honey and liquers including the Medronho firewater, made with a strawberry like berry and a sure way to put hairs on your chest!

Entertainment also features heavily at this mountain festival with local singers, performers and street entertainers providing entertainment for all ages.

Entry to the sausage festival, which is open all day and into the evening, is free but be sure to take along some money if you want to buy up some of the specialities.

It is only a short drive from the coast of the Algarve up into the mountains of Monchique and trips can be made either as part of a guided tour or alternatively you can hire a car to discover the area for yourself.

If you are not in the area for this festival then look out for many others that take place throughout the year, or consider a trip to Monchique and the spa village of Caldas to explore the local area at a time to suit you – and discover a different side of the Algarve.

For further information about car hire, trips and other events in the Algarve please contact our team directly to learn more.


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