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Monchique is a spa town in Algarve.


Monchique is the main town of the Serra de Monchique, the mountain range that separates Algarve from Alentejo and the rest of Portugal to the north.

Get in

From the southern Algarve coastal strip, Monchique is a 20-30 minute drove from Portimao, following the N266 road which winds its way up into the hills. This road is served by a regular bus service.

There is also a helipad located to the north-west of the town centre on Estrada de Saboia.

Get around

Walking is a great way to get around the narrow, cobbled streets of Monchique and see all it has to offer. Visit the Turismo for a free street plan.




  • Atelier Leonel Telo, Walnut Tree House, Monchique (Located on a small, pedestrian lane behind the main church, ''Igreja Matriz N Sra da Conceicao''). Artisan ceramicist, selling his own handmade goods for the home and garden. Beautiful hand-painted tiles and pots. Surprisingly inexpensive. Worth a visit just to marvel at his talent in the gallery.


  • Ochala, 14 Rua Dr Zamora Gil, Monchique. Lovely tea house serving a great range of gourmet teas, along with an imaginative menu of sandwiches, cakes, salads and more. Works by local artists on the walls and a relaxing jazzy soundtrack. Excellent value too!




The very helpful Turismo is located at the top of Rua Eng. Duarte Pacheco, south of the main square Largo dos Charoes (follow signs towards Foia). There's a useful multi-storey carpark located underneath it.

Get out

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