Monchique is a living example that the Algarve is much more than just sun and beaches. Located in the inland area of Algarve, this municipality is located in the mountain range of the same name, between the peaks of Foia and Picota. The landscape rich in vegetation and the mild climate led many to call it “Algarve Garden” or “Sintra from Algarve”. Between lush vegetation and fresh air, the refreshing Serra de Monchique is perfect for nature walks. And it is in the middle of the mountains that the thermal resort of Monchique is located, in a peaceful environment. In terms of sweets, the highlight is the "tacho" cake, made exclusively in the month of May, and the much-loved Easter cake (folar). But the region's ex-libris is, without a doubt, the famous "medronho" brandy, made from the fruit of the strawberry tree, abundant in this region.
What to do in Monchique
Serra de Monchique
This mountain range belongs to the Antigo Massif , south of the Tagus and divides the Alentejo from the Algarve. It is located between the Espinhaço de Cão and Caldeirão mountains. It has a maximum altitude of 902 meters (reached in Foia) and measures 30 km in length.
Parque da Mina
The theme park includes a house from the beginning of the 18th century, an old farm, populated with more than a hundred birds, ponies and dwarf goats, the recreation of an arbutus distillery and a charcoal factory. It is also possible to visit a deactivated ore extraction mine. In the house you can visit the office, the clock room, with …
Villa Termal das Caldas de Monchique
Being the only thermal resort in the Algarve, Caldas de Monchique is located at an altitude of 350 meters and 20 kilometers from the Algarve coast, in the middle of the Serra de Monchique. The 40 hectares of forest that surround it make this place extremely pleasant. The waters are recommended for respiratory tract, digestive, rheumatic and psychosomatic conditions. It …
Miradouro da Altura da Choça
Viewpoint in Alferce, which has a beautiful view over the mountains.
Jardim da Porca Preta
Beautiful garden with a lake running through the middle. Nice and well-kept place.
Jardim dos Chorões
Large garden. There are a lot of green spaces and well maintained. Place for rest and leisure.
Miradouro da Fóia
This is the highest point in the Algarve, at 902 meters. The extent of the landscape depends on the greater or lesser cloudiness, but on clear days the view extends, on the one hand, to Cabo de São Vicente and …
Miradouro do Barranco do Demo
Viewpoint in Alferce that affords a beautiful view over the mountain range.
Capela de Santa Teresa
Chapel built in 1940. It is worth highlighting the beauty of its tile panels, dating from the 18th century, which describe the life of Saint Teresa. The main facade features a portal with a stonework frame preceded by a porch …
Capela de Santo António
Building that dates back to the end of the 18th century and, according to tradition, was built in the place where this miracle worker saint appeared to a shepherd.
Castro do Alferce
It is thought that this castle was built in the 10th or 11th century by Muslims, having served as a military refuge to support Silves Castle. Today only a few walls and a cistern remain, hidden in the middle of …
Convento de Nossa Senhora do Desterro
Legend has it that the construction of the Convent was due to the fulfillment of a promise. Two sailors on the high seas, when in danger, swore to build a church in the first land of Portugal they saw from …
Biblioteca Municipal de Monchique
Modern space, dedicated to reading, information and research. It has a reading room, a space dedicated to younger children and an exhibition room. It is equipped with computer and audiovisual material.
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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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