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Prepare to embark on a thrilling adventure near the picturesque village of Alferce in Monchique, Algarve.

The recently completed 800-meter-long boardwalk and suspended bridge have transformed the Barranco do Demo gorge, often referred to as the 'Grand Canyon of Alferce' by locals, into an exciting outdoor attraction. These features are part of a larger 6-kilometer walking trail that now connects the village to the local castle.

The €450,000 project has not only improved the area's infrastructure but also offers visitors the chance to experience the region's stunning natural beauty. José Manuel Gonçalves, president of the Alferce parish council, emphasized that this area boasts breathtaking views and the opportunity to observe unique fauna and flora. Moreover, the Alferce castle, perched atop a hill, provides one of the best vantage points to admire the Algarve coast and vast areas of Algarve and Lower Alentejo mountains.

In addition to the boardwalk and bridge, the project includes the opening of the Alferce Interpretative Centre, housed in a historic building that once served as a chapel and school. This center provides valuable insights into the region's history and heritage.

The primary objective of the project is to significantly contribute to the development of the parish of Alferce. Other completed and ongoing projects in the area, such as the Alferce motorhome service station, new hiking trails, and a support shelter for hikers and mountain bikers, all aim to boost tourism. These investments are expected to attract more tourists and promote economic and demographic sustainability, countering the issue of desertification that many inland villages face.

The Passadiço do Barranco do Demo is now a thrilling addition to the region, offering an adventurous experience while also preserving and showcasing the natural beauty of Algarve's mountainous terrain. Whether you're a nature enthusiast or simply seeking an adrenaline rush, this attraction is sure to leave you awestruck.

Don't miss the opportunity to explore this exciting new addition to Algarve's outdoor attractions and immerse yourself in the breathtaking landscapes it offers. Plan your visit, and be ready for an adventure like no other in the heart of Algarve.

How to Access the Passadiço do Barranco do Demo

The passadiço can be accessed from either the north or south. You have the option to drive to either side, but if you plan to explore only the boardwalk, driving may be more convenient.
The passadiço stretches for approximately 1 kilometer and features numerous steps with descents and ascents, including a nearly 50-meter-long suspended bridge that stands about 20 meters above the ground.

Starting from the northern access point, follow the signs for "Barranco do Demo" or "Passadiço do Demo" in Alferce. The distance to the passadiço's entrance is approximately 1.3 kilometers from Alferce village.

To access the southern side, head to the cemetery near Alferce, close to the Sports Complex. After reaching the cemetery, proceed to the left, behind the cemetery, where the paved road ends and a dirt road begins. About 20 meters later, take the right road. From here, it's approximately 500 meters to the passadiço. You can choose to drive or walk, but parking and turning around can be more challenging on this side, especially with more visitors.

Tips and Information for Visiting the Passadiço do Barranco do Demo

• If you start and finish at Alferce on foot, the round trip covers approximately 4 kilometers.
• The passadiço is not easily accessible for people with reduced mobility due to the numerous steps and uneven terrain. However, if you travel by car, you can still enjoy the scenery.
• Tables and benches are available on both sides of the passadiço.
• Wear comfortable clothing and shoes, even if you plan to walk only the passadiço.
• Some parts of the passadiço are quite high, so keep a close eye on children.
• The passadiço features a suspended bridge that can accommodate only five people at a time.
• Please do not litter or damage the structure, allowing others to enjoy the passadiço.
• The passadiço is made of wood. If you notice any issues, contact the Alferce Parish Council at 282 912 126 or 962 149 142.

The Inauguration of the Passadiço do Barranco do Demo

Officially opened in October, the Passadiço do Barranco do Demo in Monchique, Algarve, is an exciting addition to the region's outdoor attractions. The passadiço stretches for approximately 1 kilometer and is integrated into a broader 8-kilometer pedestrian route through the scenic Monchique mountains.

The highlight of this passadiço is undoubtedly the 50-meter-long suspended bridge, which crosses the Barranco do Demo, a deep and rocky gorge. The inauguration took place in the presence of the Minister of Cohesion and local residents, signifying its importance to the Monchique region and the Alferce parish.

Accessible since late July, this passadiço offers a unique experience to visitors, allowing them to enjoy the breathtaking natural beauty of the Algarve while embarking on a thrilling adventure. While the passadiço is relatively straightforward, it features some narrow and steep sections that can be challenging for those with a fear of heights.

Minister Ana Abrunhosa praised the passadiço as an example of effective landscape management, biodiversity, and sustainable land use. She emphasized its role in making the territory more attractive to residents and visitors while protecting and preserving it.

The President of the Algarve Regional Coordination and Development Commission (CCDR), José Apolinário, highlighted the importance of projects like the Passadiço do Barranco do Demo in promoting cohesion and enhancing the natural heritage of Monchique.

Despite the rain, the opening ceremony welcomed enthusiastic visitors who walked the passadiço from start to finish, covering approximately 3 kilometers. The Minister and the Mayor of Monchique hope that this passadiço will rejuvenate Alferce, counter the exodus of residents, and encourage small businesses to flourish in the area.

As you explore this passadiço, you'll be treated to awe-inspiring views of the Algarve's natural beauty. Whether you're a nature lover or an adventure seeker, the Passadiço do Barranco do Demo offers a memorable experience in the heart of the Algarve.

Exploring the Surroundings of Alferce

Alferce is an ideal destination for hiking enthusiasts. You can explore the entire "Pelos caminhos de Alferce" trail, covering 7.8 kilometers. Additionally, Alferce is part of the Via Algarviana (Great Route 13), and it features two shorter hiking routes: PR9 MCQ, a 7.20-kilometer trail that leads to the castle ruins, and PR8 MCQ, "pelos caminhos de Alferce," a 7.80-kilometer route that passes through riverside forests, streams, and medieval pathways.

If you're looking for a thrilling adventure while immersing yourself in the natural beauty of the Algarve, the Passadiço do Barranco do Demo is a must-visit destination. Plan your trip, enjoy the breathtaking landscapes, and experience the thrill of this unique suspended bridge and boardwalk.

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