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Monchique is a beautiful village set up high in the Serra de Monchique, in between two mountai

Monchique is a picturesque village with traditional whitewashed Algarvean houses, sporting blue and yellow frames that stand out in stark yet beautiful contrast to the surrounding green hills.

Visitors like to visit Monchique to relax in the natural spring waters of its thermal treatment centre, to hike and soak in the stunning mountain scenery and eat good food. It’s just a 30-minute drive from Portimão city and the popular beach, Praia da Rocha.

Convento de Nossa Senhora do DesterroThe convent of Nossa Senhora do Desterro was founded in 1631 by Pero da Silva, who would later become governor of Portuguese India (Goa). According to legend, Pero da Silva brought a small statue of Our Lady in ivory from India, which was later moved to the local Chapel of St. Sebastian. Nowadays you can still wander through the ruins and admire stunning views of Monchique from this spot.

Caldas de MonchiqueThe therapeutic properties of the local waters were first recognised during the Roman Empire when the waters were deemed sacred. Although the reputation is less based around superstitions today, the water’s mineral content still maintains Monchique position a top spa destination. In fact, it’s reputed to help with a whole range of problems, from issues with the respiratory system and the digestive tract, to muscular and rheumatic troubles.

There are numerous spa hotels in the area offering a whole range of treatments, including the hydro Vichy shower, indoor and outdoor pools, massages, saunas and Turkish baths.

Serra da FóiaFóia is the highest point in the Algarve. Standing 902 metres above sea level, from here you can admire the incredible views over the coast of the Algarve. Better charge your camera.

Art Gallery BongardThis old townhouse is now the village’s top art gallery, displaying beautiful ceramic stoneware sculptures, along with paintings and drawings. The top floor exhibits the layout of a traditional regional home, including kitchen, study and bedroom.

FoodDespite its size, Monchique still has a great selection of cafes and restaurants serving incredible fresh fish and seafood, and other traditional Portuguese fare. Make sure you don’t miss the Medronho, a local liqueur made from the fruits of the arbutus (strawberry) tree. Also worthy of mention is the local honey, used in many local cakes and desserts. The main sweet is the Tacho cake. The region is also famous for its excellent pork sausages and ham.

Top hotels in Monchique

Monchique Resort & Spa
Monchique Resort & Spa
5 out of 5
Lugar Do Montinho, Monchique
The price is £85 per night from 28 Nov to 29 Nov

This family-friendly Monchique resort is located in the mountains, within a 15-minute walk of Monchique Biopark and Monchique Thermal Springs. Mina Park is 1.9 ...

4.4/5Excellent! (224 reviews)

"Very clean and spacious room and hotel. Facilities were nice and staff friendly and very helpful. I would recommend the daily activities."…"

Reviewed on 28 Apr 2020

Monchique Resort & Spa
Hotel Termal
Hotel Termal
Caldas de Monchique, Monchique
The price is £61 per night from 23 Dec to 24 Dec

This family-friendly Monchique hotel is located in the mountains, within a 5-minute walk of Monchique Biopark and Monchique Thermal Springs. Mina Park is 2.3 ...

3.1/5 (10 reviews)

"The whole complex is undergoing a face lift without affecting the overall character of the area. This is a beautiful location with excellent facilities. We have stayed here 4 times now and each time we fall in love with it. Located on the site of a Roman spa village it has a unique atmosphere. The ..."…"

Reviewed on 8 Apr 2019

Hotel Termal
In Portugal, Algarve, Large Villa in Monchique, Swimming Pool, Sauna, Jacuzzi
In Portugal, Algarve, Large Villa in Monchique, Swimming Pool, Sauna, Jacuzzi
The price is £168 per night from 1 Dec to 2 Dec

This family-friendly Monchique villa is located on the waterfront, within 1 mi (2 km) of Monchique Biopark, Misericordia de Monchique Church and Nossa Senhora ...

4.8/5Exceptional! (27 reviews)
I can't wait to go back!

"I think this house was plucked from my brain as the ideal mountain home: the fireplace, the kitchen, the view! My American friends and I spent our Thanksgiving weekend here, and all of us were transfixed from the moment we ascended the moment. We savored every moment while simultaneously trying to ..."…"

Reviewed on 2 Dec 2019

In Portugal, Algarve, Large Villa in Monchique, Swimming Pool, Sauna, Jacuzzi
Lowest nightly price found within the past 24 hours based on a 1 night stay for 2 adults. Prices and availability subject to change. Additional terms may apply.

Top Holiday Rentals in Monchique

In Portugal, Algarve, Large Villa in Monchique, Swimming Pool, Sauna, Jacuzzi
In Portugal, Algarve, Large Villa in Monchique, Swimming Pool, Sauna, Jacuzzi
The price is £168 per night from 1 Dec to 2 Dec

This family-friendly Monchique villa is located on the waterfront, within 1 mi (2 km) of Monchique Biopark, Misericordia de Monchique Church and Nossa Senhora ...

4.8/5Exceptional! (27 reviews)
I can't wait to go back!

"I think this house was plucked from my brain as the ideal mountain home: the fireplace, the kitchen, the view! My American friends and I spent our Thanksgiving weekend here, and all of us were transfixed from the moment we ascended the moment. We savored every moment while simultaneously trying to ..."…"

Reviewed on 2 Dec 2019

In Portugal, Algarve, Large Villa in Monchique, Swimming Pool, Sauna, Jacuzzi
Estrela de Monchique - Double or Twin Room With Private Bathroom
Estrela de Monchique - Double or Twin Room With Private Bathroom
The price is £13 per night from 28 Nov to 29 Nov

Situated in Monchique, this apartment building is steps away from Monchique Biopark and Misericordia de Monchique Church. Nossa Senhora do Desterro Convent and ...

1/5 (1 review)
It was hell

"Went to Portugal 24/8/20 Walked in room seen two single beds was happy at that checked the bathroom omg...... the toilet was right next to shower tray you had to sit on the toilet squint. There was only one bath towel for two people. The shower curtain did not go all the way around the shower so ..."…"

Reviewed on 25 Sep 2020

Estrela de Monchique - Double or Twin Room With Private Bathroom
Star of Monchique
Star of Monchique
The price is £41 per night from 2 Dec to 3 Dec

Situated in Monchique, this apartment building is steps away from Monchique Biopark and Misericordia de Monchique Church. Nossa Senhora do Desterro Convent and ...

Star of Monchique
Lowest nightly price found within the past 24 hours based on a 1 night stay for 2 adults. Prices and availability subject to change. Additional terms may apply.

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