What to do and see in Monchique, Portugal: The Best Places and Tips

March 9, 2018 Stefan Strunk

Monchique (Portuguese pronunciation: [mõˈʃik(ɨ)]) is a municipality of southern Portugal, in Faro District (province of Algarve). The population in 2011 was 6,045, in an area of 395.30 km.
Restaurants in Monchique

1. Mount Foia

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4.5 based on 340 reviews

Mount Foia

Mount Fóia is part of the Serra de Monchique (Monchique Mountains) range, with an eight-mile hike to reach its summit at 2,959 feet.

Reviewed By MaryBarryJackson - Lagos, Portugal

Well worth the half hour trek up from Monchique to the summit of Foia. Great views all the way up through woodland and open spaces along well defined tracks. Great photo opportunities all the way! Passes a very nice restaurant too called Jardim D'Oliveras.

2. Serra da Picota

Picota, Monchique, Portugal
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4.5 based on 82 reviews

Serra da Picota

Reviewed By PRRobson - Wirksworth

We obtained a walking map from the tourist office in Monchique and walked for two hours in 40%C to get to the top. Met no one on the way. Difficult ascent in the heat but well worth the effort, walking through oak tree Forests and tiny scattered hamlets. No cafe or shops at the top ( thank goodness) but wonderful views of both sides of the valley. Quite, peaceful and remote. Wonderful!

3. Caldas de Monchique

Caldas de Monchique, Monchique 8550-998, Portugal +351 282 910 910
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4 based on 328 reviews

Caldas de Monchique

Reviewed By GoranWembley

Wonderful little village in the middle of picturesque forested area. Nice cafes and relaxation areas and some traditional architecture too. On the other hand, hot Springs weren't that hot and the whole complex looks more like a hospital than a spa.Thank you for your rating Your opinion is very important to us! Best regards

4. Parque da Mina

Sitio do Vale de Boi | Caldas de Monchique, Monchique, Portugal +351 962 079 408
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4 based on 73 reviews

Parque da Mina

Parque da Mina is a complement to the offerings of aquatic fun and beach in the Algarve. In Parque da Mina travel through time, visiting a furnished house (XVIII century), some traditions the Serra de Monchique, grocery, shoemaker, carpentry, dressmaker, distillery of berries (medronho), agriculture, manufacture of bread and honey, cork extraction, ore extraction, manufacture of charcoal, farm animals, old means of transport, sightseeing, suspended bridge on the waterfall, wetland for warmer days, spaces for picnics, children's fun and events. In Parque da Mina you can live a fantastic adventure double between culture and fun.

Reviewed By hoho0482 - Newcastle upon Tyne, United Kingdom

Have knack off finding ok places that we have to ourselves. Only visitors when went (nearby forest fires putting others off we told). Worth visit. Nice house. Mirror maze fun. Chilled walk around the scrub and forest setting...

5. Igreja da Misericordia de Monchique

Adro da Se, Monchique 3500-195, Portugal
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4 based on 33 reviews

Igreja da Misericordia de Monchique

Reviewed By Lesterbeach - Winnipeg, Canada

As you climb the steps that run through Monchique the church is near the first level just down the street from the statue of the young man. A relatively easy climb. The entrance is interesting with its sculptures of ropes. The inside is quite beautiful for a small church.

6. Alferce

Monchique, Portugal
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4 based on 32 reviews

Alferce

Reviewed By chocdikrab - Frankfurt, Germany

we were located in silves and had a private car and we arrived maybe after two hours in the sleepy village Monchique. before we stoped at the place which gave Monchique its name. "caldas de monchique"...a natural spa...with high class hotel...located hidden in a steep valley...is very nice, but maybe in 30 minutes the whole place was explored. Monchique itself is a small and very pittoresque village with tiny streets in old archtiecture. we moved up to a rotten castle and the Panorama view was sensationell. in 3 hours the village was seen. also interessting in this area is the highest mountain in this region called " foia". there is a mirador and during clear days its possible to overview the whole coastline of the Algarve, which is maybe 50 kilometers far from this place. because of our private car we had a perfect day in the backland of the Algarve without any sightseeing stress.

7. Convento de Nossa Senhora do Desterro

Monchique, Portugal
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3.5 based on 52 reviews

Convento de Nossa Senhora do Desterro

Reviewed By MarkW55 - Castle Douglas, United Kingdom

Monchique is a steep little village and the walk up from the town's unprepossessing square does take you through the most interesting and picturesque parts. The final section of the walk to the convent runs through quite pleasant woodlands and there are good views out over the valley. However, the convent is boarded up with a variety of 'keep out' signs in different languages - not welcoming at all, it is clearly privately owned. The state of the buildings is clearly very poor and the visit isn't worth the effort. The wandering minstrel was playing his guitar in a distracted way...but wasn't at all threatening!

8. Arte Bongard

Travessa das Guerreiras | 16, Monchique, Monchique 8550-455, Portugal +351 968 362 930
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4.5 based on 7 reviews

Arte Bongard

Reviewed By Hetty F

When the current owners (an artist couple) bought the townhouse 6 months ago they left it much as they found it - a Monchique townhouse furnished in the simple Portuguese style, though now housing their interesting artistic creations. Ceramic stoneware sculptures adorn each room as if they belong - people/beasts hanging out the window, fish-sculptures ready to be eaten at the small dining table, a vase-ceramic at the writing desk. The ground floor is a shop where you can purchase some of the weird and wonderful creations. I love what they've done here - a quirky and creative artistic delight.

9. Leonel Telo- ceramica-

Escadas do Adro | Casa da Nogueira, Monchique 8550-453, Portugal +351 914 240 595
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4.5 based on 4 reviews

Leonel Telo- ceramica-

Reviewed By JoanaSousaMartins - Maputo, Mozambique

I went on vacation with friends to Monchique and found this amazing exhibition of ceramics! The artist is there showing his art and if you ask you can even visit the workshop. All the pieces are original! I was super existed to finally find exclusive art at a reasonable price in Algarve! Dont miss the garden! Will visit again for sure!

10. Nossa Senhora da Conceicao Church

Rua da Igreja, Monchique 8550-439, Portugal
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4.5 based on 4 reviews

Nossa Senhora da Conceicao Church

Reviewed By Lesterbeach - Winnipeg, Canada

A very pretty simple church along the mai street up the hill as you walk to the convent. Stop if the doors are open.

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