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Monchique is one of the most attractive areas of the Algarve, and one which offers a complete contrast to the coastal resorts, while still being within a short drive of its touristic amenities. It is a market town up in the Serra de Monchique, which is a thickly wooded mountain range separating the Algarve from Alentejo. It is a land situated in the middle of the mountains of Fóia and Picota, with a cool climate and surrounded by the natural park of Monchique, 20 minutes inland from Portimao on Portugals Algarve Coast. A green oasis of lush gardens, flowers and butterflies the old craggy rural town sits amonst steep cobbled streets in the Serra De Monchique mountain range, comanding a majestic view of the Western Algarve below.

The town of Monchique is with few exceptions happily untouched by the 20th Century invasion of tourism. It lies in the saddle created by the two high hills, Foia and Picota, the former reaching to 902 metres above sea level. As “mountain” people the world over the 10,000 inhabitants of this town have retained the rustic atmosphere with steep cobbled streets and small dark doorways containing various artisan trades. There is a much neglected 17th Century Franciscan monastery overlooking the town from which a visitor has a panoramic view over the beautiful countryside. The 16th Century Parish Church has excellent examples of Manueline craftsmanship around its doorway.

The surrounding area flourishes on the production of cattle, pigs, cork and wood. Another important local product is the popular "medronho", the name of a strong schnapps type of drink made from distilling the fruit from arbutus bushes.
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22174 - (Sleeps 4)
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Stylish, sporty and spacious, this recently refurbished house has a private tennis court and pretty pool and offers easy access to magical...
15103 - (Sleeps 10)
Tucked away in terraced gardens on the slopes of the Serra de Monchique, this rural retreat lures you into a leisurely pace...
15105 - (Sleeps 10)
Simply traditional on the outside – stylishly colourful on the inside, and surrounded by gorgeous gardens with spectacular views. This villa’s popularity...
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