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For a day trip to the south go to Restaurant 2 Passos at Ancao beach (00 351 089 396 435) and try the barbecued sardines.WHAT TO DRINKMonchique's moonshine is called Medronho - like schnapps and served with honey for the ladies.As today is Friday the 13th, it is only fitting that the first edition of Best & Worst covers the movie there is and may also be one of the worst horror films ever made. Cunningham (the director of the original) returned to the series with this installment as a producer but even that could not save this train wreck of a film. See, this movie decided to add in a background for the rest of Jason’s family.The plot sees Jason (looking rather terrifying) blown up in the opening minutes of the film. His father is mentioned and apparently he has a sister. Voorhees is mentioned very little which makes absolutely no sense. Jason Voorhees is one of the most iconic slasher villains of all time.He’s right up there with Michael Myers and Freddy Krueger in terms of popularity. On top of a franchise that includes the films, there have been t-shirts, lunchboxes, action figures, a television show, and even video games.Apparently, you don't get a hangover, though the third drink will make you blind. WHAT TO DONicole Joller (00 351 282 913 522) offers massages at your villa. Cycling, golf and riding (cross-country or on the beach) at Quinta do Paraiso Alto, Fronteira (00 351 282 687 263), four miles north of Lagos.Surfing and visiting the fish market at Aljezur or in Silves. Don't forget to take ID, as there is an on-the-spot fine if you're caught without - take a photocopy of your passport with you if you have to.
By day you can head either to the busy south coast (calm sea) or the deserted west (surfers' waves), with beaches such as stunning Arrifana.Or call local agents Jean and Ana Serran (00 351 282 912 822) for other villas in the area.Budget: Most rooms in Monchique are not more than e50 a night but a small hotel run by an Irish lady called Susie is Bica Boa (00 351 282 912 271), which has a fine vegetarian restaurant.A very comfortable and spacious English-owned villa, with a pool set in a lovely garden and with great views down to the coast.Medium: Hotel Termal(00 351 282 910 910) Recently renovated hotel in Caldas de Monchique, a hamlet three miles out of town in a valley of pines and eucalyptus trees.
WHAT NOT TO DODon't get sucked into chavvy, all-inclusive resorts, or visit crowded beaches around Lagos and Albufeira. THE BEST BEACHESThe further west you go, the better they become. WHAT TO BUYMonchique is famous for its small folding wooden 'scissor chairsî.