situated high in the Pico da Fóia mountains, which form
a natural boundary between the
Monchique is a
busy market town, famous for it's smoked hams and
locally crafted furniture and is a pretty place to visit
if you want to get away from the hurly burly of the
Algarve's tourist resorts. Located on the highest peak
of the Serra de Monchique, the town provides excellent
provide ample walks through the woodland,
where you can enjoy the relatively cool mountain air and
the views down to the coast.
is only 24 kilometres from
though if you have not got your own transport the
journey may take a lot longer than you expect. There is
a bus service running from
though these are irregular and do not
necessarily run daily.
however a train service running from both
daily, but you will be limited to the
time you can spend meandering through the woodland.
can be difficult to find, even in the low tourist
seasons and on Fridays, when the town hosts it's weekly
Fóia, above Monchique, is
the highest peak in the Algarve at 902 metres
above sea level.
Traditional Scissor Chair
Smoked Ham (Presunto)
has survived over development due to it's
lofty and somewhat difficult construction location,
there are one or two new developments near to the centre
of town. Perhaps the most evocative site to visit in the
town is the ruined 17th century monastery. The shell of
the building is overgrown with shrubs and wildlife and
gives it a fairytale feel and provides a good vantage
point to look out over the town itself.
way back down the mountain it is worth stopping in at
Caldas de Monchique
(Hot Springs), which is cut into a ravine and used since
Roman times. The waters, which bubble from the hillside,
are said to have healing qualities.
Monchique, Algarve, Portugal
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