View from the Picota, the second largest elevation in the Algarve, to the village and the hills of the Serra de Monchique.
Monchique: Parish church
Monchique’s parish church, erected during the 15th /16th. centuries, was rebuilt following the destruction of the earthquake of 1755. The main portal, decorated with knotted ropes, is a prime example of the original late Gothic style ("Manueline").
Monchique: Largo de Chorões
The dominant feature of this square, found in Monchique’s centre, is an old well which has been rebuilt and is said to have been invented by the Moors to irrigate their fields.
Monchique: Manor house
On our way to the ruins of the former monastery “Convento de Nossa Senhora do Desterro” we found this town house, a fine example of the architecture of the 18th Century.
The photo depicts one of the many steep and narrow lanes in the old part of Monchique. Here the walls have been artfully decorated.
Monchique: Casa da Nogueira
A narrow and steep picturesque lane leads to Casa da Nogueira, which owes its name to the almost one hundred year old walnut tree found in its garden. This is where ceramist Leonel Teo, born in Monchique, lives and works, with his handmade and hand painted.
Serra de Monchique: Ribeira de Lageado
Situated on a bend on the way to Monchique, just after Caldas de Monchique, the granite of the Serra de Monchique is a spectacular scenario. The rocks, which have been made smooth over millions of years, glimmer in tones of grey and white. A small mountain stream, the Ribeira do Lageado, makes its way across this impressive landscape.
Serra de Monchique: Foia
Fóia (902 m) is the highest elevation not only in the Serra de Monchique, but also in the whole of southern Portugal. The Serra’s mighty hills are visible from afar. The scarce vegetation of the peak plateau consists mainly of shrubs and various wild herbs. Upon arrival at the peak, you are amply rewarded with stunning views both to the Ocean and inland to the Alentejo.
Serra de Monchique: Quinta de São Bento
On the way from Monchique to Fóia this former royal summer residence is embedded in a lush garden with old trees, camelias and azaleas and offers magnificent views towards the coast to Portimão and Lagos. Today the Quinta, still owned by the Dukes of Br
Picota, Serra de Monchique
The Picota is the second largest elevation in the Serra de Monchique. Outside the hot summer months the area invites to hike and to detect unknown parts of the Algarve.