The municipality of Monchique is one of the three councils which has no direct access to the sea (the others are Sao Bras de Alportel and Alcoutim). It is a municipality of the interior integrated in the sub-region being formed by the municipalities of Aljezur, Vila do Bispo, Monchique, Lagos, Portimao, Lagoa and Silves. The Monchique Chain is an area of great vegetation diversity, with a much higher rainfall than the average rate of the Algarve. The climate is very mild. Due to its exuberant and very varied vegetation, this council is called "The Garden of the Algarve".
Foia, at the peak of the mountains, is the highest point of the Algarve. From up there one can see as far as the Cape St. Vincent, as far as the Arrabida Chain and as far as Faro.
Monchique entered History with the presence of the Romans in the Spa of Caldas de Monchique, who were attracted by the curative power of its thermal waters. These mountains started to be populated slowly in the following centuries. In the 16th century Monchique was already an important settlement. King D. Sebastiao promised to grant it the statute of village at that time.
The municipality of Monchique, as almost all the Algarvian region, depends very much on tourism from the economic point of view. Craft, the production of pork sausages and derivates of pork, preserves, liqueurs and confectionary, honey and arbustus-berry brandy (aguardente de medronho), are among the best renowned traditional products of the whole Algarve.
It is a privilege to live here, because of its mild climate, because of the purity of its environment. The beautiful landscape, the sensational panoramic views of the coast (from Vilamoura to Sagres) can be seen frm the southern part of the Chain. The proximity of an enormous offer of services just a few kilometres away (Lagos and Portimao are less than twenty minutes away, and Faro is less than an hour's distance) are other aspects to be taken into account.
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