The lovely town of Monchique nestles in the valley between the mountains of Foia (at 903m almost as high as Mt Snowdon in Wales) and Picota.

There are many points of interest in the town including the Sacred Art Museum and the local parish church with its Manueline doorway. A guided walk is signposted and one can also follow the viewpoint signs up to the ruins of the 17th century convent from where there is a magnificent view of the town


The Tourist Information office, situated on top of the (free) underground car park at the top of the town, will be pleased to offer advice and leaflets which detail peaceful and picturesque walks in the surrounding countryside.

Walking and driving around the area afford the chance to visit many artisan crafts: pottery, knitwear, tiles, sculptures and, of course, the manufacture of the traditional Monchique “scissor” chairs.

An essential trip is to the top of Foia Best to go on a clear day as the view will be breathtaking. The road provides access all the way to the top and you will find car parking and souvenirs/crafts as well as a cafe to sustain you on your travels. The road up from the town will have led past many restaurants. One of the local specialities is Frango Piri-Piri (barbecued chicken with a spicy kick)