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MONCHIQUE :. Algarve :.. Portugal


Monchique is the highest village of the Algarve, located 485 meters above sea level located in the Algarve. The highest point in the Algarve is also located in the mountain range of Monchique, in FOIA, with 902 meters above sea level. It is said that the Romans populated Monchique due the healing power of the waters of the Monchique mountains. Even today the village is highly sought after by visitors due to natural thermal baths, like the Romans, today still believed to have healing powers.

typical monkey

Monchique is a place where time passes slowly. A village of the Algarve which was not affected by the mass tourism that dominated the entire coastline in recent years. It is possible to live in Monchique Algarve ancient today. Some of the traditions still prevail despite the present be increasingly present

Professions with the tradition of the Algarve

traditional professions in the Algarve

There are many professions that can still live in Monchique, passed from generation to generation, has nowadays an economy based on old customs, agriculture, pastoralism and the transformation of the raw material of various natural elements. Monchique is known to have cork trees of which portugal produces better quality Cork, carob, one of the new super food used in cooking healthy.

streets of Monchique
monchique's story

Gate of the Manueline era in Monchique

Monchique Thermae

Caldas de Monchique

From the tourist point of view, the baths make Monchique a town known. Since Roman times the water of Monchique is known as a water with curative characteristics. The source natural water sells water of Monchique with a PH of 9.5, a super alkaline water which experts claim to be beneficial to health


Due to this fact, in Monchique facilities have been set up in order to take advantage of the thermal treatments in the middle of spring.

Monchique water with a PH of greater than 9

In this follow-up, the bottled water of Monchique is heavily distributed throughout the country of Portugal, but is in the Algarve region that is more consumed due to the excellent properties for the human body

FOIA, the highest point in the Algarve


FOIA, from this point we have a panoramic view of the Algarve. You can see the sea and much of the coastline. The Foia is the highest point in the Algarve, being located at 902 meters sea level

Foia Top

Water mill

Water mill on the Bank of Pisões

In the Ravine of Pisões (Barranco dos Pisões) exists the ancient water mill that was used by the inhabitants to grind the cereal

In the summary of Monchique, you have to visit to understand the soul of the village and the municipality, and especially the authentic differences this Algarve hidden. Monchique is a place to think and enjoy. In Monchique the real attraction are the people and the nature.

  • The waterfalls
  • The viewpoints
  • The interior of the village
  • Architecture of the chimneys of skirt
Picnic Park in Monchique
Chimneys of skirt in Monchique
Chimneys of traditional skirt in Monchique
traditional Algarve
A more traditional Algarve
Monchique in the middle of nature
A traditional village in the middle of nature