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Typical Monchique street
Typical Monchique street
Flag of Monchique
Coat of arms of Monchique
Coat of arms
Location in Portugal
Location in Portugal
Coordinates: 37°19′N 8°36′W / 37.317°N 8.600°W / 37.317; -8.600Coordinates: 37°19′N 8°36′W / 37.317°N 8.600°W / 37.317; -8.600
Country  Portugal
Region Algarve
Subregion Algarve
District/A.R. Faro
 • Mayor Carlos Tuta (PS)
 • Total 395.3 km2 (152.6 sq mi)
 • Total 6,441
 • Density 16/km2 (40/sq mi)
Parishes (no.) 3
Municipal holiday Ascension Day
date varies

Monchique (Portuguese pronunciation: [mõˈʃik(ɨ)]) is a municipality of southern Portugal, in Faro District (province of Algarve).[1]

The Municipality of Monchique is situated in the Serra de Monchique and together with the town of Monchique is a popular tourist destination. Attractions include a historic town centre, spectacular views from the two peaks of Foia and Picota, hiking, bird watching and biking. There are hot sulfur springs, with baths and Health spas 4 m. south in 'Caldas de Monchique' (Spring of Monchique). Eucalyptus, cork oak, oranges, lemons, honey, olive oil, chestnuts, scissor chairs made from chestnut wood, black pork and black pork ham and sausages are the chief products. There are several small industries producing typical tourist artifacts that are sold in local shops, and medronho, a local brew made from distilled medronho berries (Arbutus/Strawberry Tree), is produced.[2]


Administratively, the municipality is divided into 3 civil parishes (freguesias):[3]


  1. ^ Detail Regional Map, Algarve- Southern Portugal, ISBN 3-8297-6235-6
  2. ^ "Medronho - an Algarve strong fruit brandy". Retrieved 2013-03-24. 
  3. ^ Diário da República. "Law nr. 11-A/2013, page 552 76" (pdf) (in Portuguese). Retrieved 28 July 2014. 

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Public Domain This article incorporates text from a publication now in the public domainChisholm, Hugh, ed. (1911). Encyclopædia Britannica (11th ed.). Cambridge University Press.