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Portugal - Monchique, Algarve
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- 19.8 acres (8 hectares)
- Land of forested hills, aromatic orchards and natural springs
- the area around the village invites you to forget the sand and beaches
- appreciate the beauty and tranquility of the rural Algarve.
- Can build hotel among other things like caravan park
The pace of Monchique's daily life is quite different from the hustle and bustle of coastal resorts. In the small settlements nestled among the hills the artisans maintain vivid secular traditions and the farmers take care of their vegetable gardens and orange groves while the cattle feed on the pastures. The fruit of its work is reflected in the magnificent gastronomy of the region, which continues to be made using traditional methods. Chorizo ¿¿and black pork ham, honey produced from wildflowers and the fantastic medronho liquor contribute to the fame of the region's gastronomy.
The village of Monchique lies between the peaks of Fóia and Picota. It is a charming village with steep and cobbled streets with whitewashed houses, being the ideal starting point to visit the springs and discover the mountains. Its lively monthly fair is the perfect occasion to enjoy local gastronomy and handicrafts, mainly composed of scissors chairs, wicker pieces, ceramics and knitted clothes. The Traditional Sausages Fair in March and the Ham Fair, usually held in July, are annual events where you can see and taste the best Monchique products.
The picturesque Caldas de Monchique, the site of the only thermal springs of the Algarve, is located about 6 km south of the village, amidst the lush greenery of the surrounding hills. The hot springs at 32 ° C have been attracting visitors since the Romans recognized their healing properties and are now widely recommended for their therapeutic effects on respiratory, muscle and rheumatic diseases. The Caldas are an attractive retreat, with elegant 19th century houses around the central square and a beautiful forest park full of acacias, camellias and centenary trees. The constant sound of the water flowing through the streams, under pedestrian bridges and in the fountains, combined with the light reflected in the foliage, creates an atmosphere of peace and relaxation that has been dubbed "Sintra do Algarve".
Places to visit
Religious architecture in Monchique
Mother Church of Monchique
This 15th-16th century church has a Manueline door with stone columns resembling the twisted rope, a motif that is repeated in the capitals of the column inside the church. An impressive collection of 17th-century tiles adorns the vault and walls of the Chapel of the Blessed Sacrament, while the unusual altar of the Chapel of Our Lady of Caramel comes from the former Franciscan convent.
The Monchique Sacred Art Center, located in the basement of the church, displays many works of sacred art.
Convent of Our Lady of Desterro
This beautiful Franciscan convent was built in the seventeenth century by order of Pêro da Silva, viceroy of India who was later buried there. It was severely damaged during the earthquake of 1755 and after the abolition of religious orders in 1834, its altars and statues were taken to other churches in Monchique and Aljezur. Its lofty location offers beautiful views of the village and surrounding hills, while the ancestral magnolia, allegedly brought from India by the viceroy, will be the largest in Europe.
Church of São Sebastião
This church was built at the end of the 16th century, probably at the time of King Sebastião's visit in 1573. Its most notable features are the Rococo altar in gilded carving and the image of Our Lady of Desterro, which will have come from the convent Franciscan.
Nature in the area of ¿¿Monchique
Mirador de Fóia
Rising to 902 meters above sea level, this is the highest peak in the Algarve. On the cleanest days, you can see the coastline to the south, stretching from Faro to Cabo de São Vicente, and to the north, which continues to the Arrábida Mountains, about 40 km south of Lisbon.
In this belvedere, situated at 774 meters above sea level, you will have beautiful views of the south coast.
Barranco dos Pisões
Situated in the heart of the forest with a water course nearby, it is a beautiful place to take a walk and a picnic in the shade of the centenary plantain that grew there. In the vicinity, an old watermill called "Moinho do Poucochinho" is also worth a visit.
This 18th-century farmhouse, located at the entrance of Caldas de Monchique in the Ox Valley, offers excellent perspectives on the ancient agricultural techniques of this rural area. Once belonging to a wealthy family in the region, the interior of the house is decorated in the style of the time, while overseas visitors can see a reconstitution of the traditional arbutus distillery, visit an old mine and see hundreds of farm animals including ponies, Dwarf goats, Vietnamese pigs, sheep and various species of birds.
- Faro (INTERNATIONAL), 39.3 miles
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