Monchique is the living example that the Algarve is much more than just sun and beach. Located inside Algarve, this municipality is situated in the mountain range with the same name, between the pico da Foia and that of the Picota. The landscape, rich in vegetation, and the mild climate made many baptize it as "Garden of the Algarve" or even "Algarve's Sintra". Between lush greenery and fresh air, the refreshing serra de Monchique proves to be ideal for nature walks. And it is in the midst of the mountain that the Monchique thermal baths & spa is located, in a peaceful surrounding with plenty of shadows and a perfect place for a picnic. From the viewpoint of the Largo de São Sebastião you may see the entire urban center of the village with its characteristic white houses and "skirt" fireplaces. The quiet, narrow streets adorned with camellias, hydrangeas and fruit trees, from which one has a view over the serra landscapes. When it comes to handicrafts, Monchique is famous for the scissors chairs – a legacy of the Romans – but also for the manufacture of footwear, for the wicker baskets, for the ceramics and even for the modern floral arrangements. In the gastronomy of the region stand out the honey and the traditional sausages, such as the chouriça and ham, which fame originated the “Feira do Presunto” (ham fair) and the very busy “Feira dos Enchidos Tradicionais de Monchique” (Fair of Monchiques' Traditional Sausages) in March. In desserts, the highlight goes to the bolo de tacho (typical chocolate cake made with corn flour, coffee, anise and cinnamon), exclusively baked in the month of may, and for the much appreciated folar de Páscoa (kind of sweet bread). But the ex-libris of the region is undoubtedly the famous aguardente de medronho (strawberry tree brandy), from the medronheiro (strawberry tree), which is very abundant in this region.
What to do in Monchique
Serra de Monchique
This mountain range, south of the Tagus, is part of the Maciço Antigo and separates the Alentejo from the Algarve. It is located between the Espinhaço de Cão mountain range and the Caldeirão mountain range. Its highest point is 902 metres (reached at Fóia) and it measures 30 km across.
Miradouro do Largo de São Sebastião
From this vantage point it is possible to see the whole of the Monchique urban area, including church towers, the old nunnery, the municipal swimming pools, the urban park and also the town centre's surrounding area.
Miradouro da Fóia
At 902 metres, this is the highest point of the Algarve. How much of the landscape can be seen on any given day depends largely on the cloud cover, but in clear days the view stretches as far as Cape …
Jardim das Oliveiras
A welcoming restaurant, with views of the Monchique mountain, that serves typical dishes, prepared in the wood oven. Wide wine list.
Villa Termal das Caldas de Monchique
Located 350m high on the Monchique mountain range, and 20 km from the coast, Caldas de Monchique is the only thermal water spa of the Algarve. The surrounding 40 ha of forest make it a very pleasant place to visit. …
Queda de Água de Barbelote
After following the municipal road, access to this site is gained on foot via an approximately 50 metre long trail. This 30 metre high waterfall is found in the environs of Fóia, located at the beginning of Ribera do Barbelote. …
Parque da Mina
This historically themed park includes an early 18th-century house, an old farm (with over one hundreds birds, ponies and dwarf goats), a recreated arbutus-berry distillery and a coal house. It is also possible to visit a decommissioned ore mine. Inside …
Capela de Santa Teresa
Chapel built in 1940. Special mention goes to the tile panels, dating back to the 18th century, that describe the life of St Teresa.
Villa Termal das Caldas de Monchique Spa Resort
This hotel is part of the Villa termal das Caldas de Monchique (SPA Resort). It has 13 rooms with views of the serra de Monchique and services such as the spas and SPA, providing all the rest and relaxation. It …
Igreja Matriz de Monchique
Church built on a longitudinal plan, with a beautiful manueline portico and chancel altar-piece. The church houses a religious treasure composed of objects used during worship that once belonged to the Convent of Nossa Senhora do Desterro (17th century). It …
In the small town of Monchique, by the "Paços do Concelho", this restaurant has menu filled with regional dishes, namely meat dishes. Excellent wine list.
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Where to eat in Monchique
Portuguese, Regional, Vegetarian
In the small town of Monchique, by the "Paços do Concelho", this restaurant has menu filled with re…
Tasca restaurant in Monchique, Petrol, already part of almost every gastronomic itineraries in the …
A welcoming restaurant, with views of the Monchique mountain, that serves typical dishes, prepared …
A cafe/restaurant on the way out of town. It serves fine, cheap day dishes.
Where to sleep in Monchique
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