Monchique is a colourful, picturesque little mountain town at the foot of the Foia, a half-hour drive from the Atlantic. There are many traditional workshops in the centre of the town, which are joined onto little shops and markets where they sell the wood and ceramic handicrafts as well as embroidery.
There is also a number of small, good-value restaurants around the well-preserved centre. They offer the traditional cuisine of the region (see Food and Drink).
A tip – one can walk through the small windy alleyways to reach mysterious ruined walls above Monchique – the ruins of a nearly 400-year-old convent. From here one can enjoy the unique view over Monchique to the Atlantic.