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Subject: Municipalities of Faro, Faro District, 2015 Volta ao Algarve, São Brás de Alportel, Vila do Bispo
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Typical Monchique street
Typical Monchique street
Flag of Monchique
Coat of arms of Monchique
Coat of arms
Country  Portugal
Region Algarve
Subregion Algarve
Intermunic. comm. Algarve
District Faro
Parishes 3
 • President Carlos Tuta (PS)
 • Total 395.30 km2 (152.63 sq mi)
Population (2011)
 • Total 6,045
 • Density 15/km2 (40/sq mi)
Time zone WET/WEST (UTC+0/+1)

Monchique (Portuguese pronunciation: ) is a municipality of southern Portugal, in Faro District (province of Algarve).[1] The population in 2011 was 6,045,[2] in an area of 395.30 km².[3]

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.[4]


Administratively, the municipality is divided into 3 civil parishes (freguesias):[5]


  1. ^ Detail Regional Map, Algarve- Southern Portugal, ISBN 3-8297-6235-6
  2. ^ Instituto Nacional de Estatística
  3. ^ Direção-Geral do Território
  4. ^ "Medronho - an Algarve strong fruit brandy". Retrieved 2013-03-24. 
  5. ^  

External links

  • websiteMonchique Municipalityofficial


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