Monchique, Western Algarve
Ownership Status: Private
Built in: 1951
491m2 Build size
/ m2 build
5,560m2 Plot size
/ m2 plot
Fairy tale twin cottage, 2 x (3Bed + 1Bath), close to the Alferce Parish, overlooking the peaceful country-side and mountains, nevertheless 5,6 Kms (9 minutes) East from the village and Council of Monchique.
A truly retreat for those who look for a refuge from the noisy and stressful urban life, although 30 Kms (39 minutes) from the modern town and Council of Portimão (55.600 inhabitants) and the wonderful Praia da Rocha (Rock Beach).
An Urban Article (U-7180) includes:
- The traditional, old, stone-walled "White cottage", with 3 Bedrooms and a Bath. Total construction surface is 240,55 m2, having 66,50 m2 of private living area, divided into 2 real floors.
- The refurbished and stylish "Yellow cottage", also with 3 Bedrooms and a Bath. Total construction surface is 250 m2, having 107,25 m2 of private living area, divided into 2 levels, on the same Ground-Floor.
There is also a Garage at street level, with enough space for a small car, presently used as log storage.
Both buildings are prior to 1951, therefore there is no Habitation License from Town Hall, but there is an inscription at the Finance Ministry in 2013, when both houses have been totally refurbished.
There is also a Rustic Article (R-BZ-45) comprising of 4.800 m2 of fruit tree land, east of the houses.
A truly paradise on Earth, with a bakery at 20 meters distance for your daily hot home-maid bread and biscuits, very nice Restaurants all along the road from Monchique to the hill: Foia.
When you have seen the rest, come West, for the best!
About the area:
Monchique is the highest village of the Algarve, located 485 meters above sea level. The highest point in the Algarve is also located in the mountain range of Monchique, at Fóia, with 904 meters above sea level.
It is said that the Romans populated Monchique due the healing power of the waters of the Monchique mountains. Even today the village is highly sought after by visitors due to natural thermal baths, like the Romans, today still believed to have healing powers.
In fact, it was the Romans who gave Monchique its name, from the Latin expression "Mons Cicus", than meant “Sacred Water" and built the SPA in Caldas de Monchique, but there is evidence that the area was populated as far back as the Stone Age.
Visiting the Serra de Monchique is like visiting a mountainous area with widely diverse vegetation and a mild climate, affectionately known as "The Sintra of the Algarve." A natural heritage, which induces to contemplation, with pristine streams meandering at the bottom of deep valleys. Endowed with high environmental quality, the mountain's freshness is presented in contrast to the warm coastal area down further south.
In the town centre, you can enjoy a magnificent view from the belvedere of Saint Sebastian Park, visit the main church of Monchique, which dates back to the early 16th century, the Convent of Nossa Senhora do Desterro (Our Lady of Exile), take a stroll along the town's narrow streets, see the many white houses with their typical "skirt-shaped" chimneys and stop to visit the handicraft shops.
It is also worthwhile to climb the mountain up to Fóia, where you may grasp a large extension of landscape, South to almost all the Algarvian coast and North-West from Cape St. Vincent to Serra da Arrábida, near Setúbal. Also worth visiting is the Poucochinho Mill, at Barranco dos Pisões, where you can enjoy a picnic on its stone tables and under the shade of one of the many classified trees found at Serra de Monchique - a Maple tree.
Taking a stroll along the towns of Alferce, Marmelete and Monchique, means enjoying the architectural, historical and cultural heritage, along with the vast natural beauty, and tasting traditional cuisine, honey, sweet desserts and, of course, the "Medronho", a strong brandy spirit, made from a traditional fruit obtained from the Medronho tree, Arbutus unedo, also called “strawberry tree”. Medronho trees grow wild on the poor soils of these rural regions of Portugal such as this inner part of the Algarve.
Be sure to visit Caldas de Monchique, which comprises a small square surrounded by large trees and fountains, a suitable place for picnics. And also get to know the Termas (SPAs) and their springs of mineral medicinal waters, which have been used for treatments since ancient times and are now bottled under the brand “CHIC”, having achieved an excellent 2nd place at the "Best PET Bottle" at the International Packaging Competition under the 5th Global Water Congress.
Monchique’s Natural Mineral Water, is originated in an underground source, 900 metres deep, protected from all risks of pollution and emerging from a spring tapped natural or bore exit. It is clearly distinguished from ordinary drinking water, by its nature and by its original taste. It is hypo-saline, bicarbonated (sodium carbonated and natural alkalined), with a unique super alkaline pH of 9,48. It has a soft sweet taste, and its consumption has gained health benefits, namely in the functioning of the urological system, auto immune diseases, osteoporosis, digestive health and many others.
This thermal water has more than 2000 years of history, once it was used by the ancient Romans to heal skin and digestive diseases and was even transported to Rome, for the elites of the time to drink. Due to the complex and rare natural chemical composition of this water, it is considered to be unique and a highly differentiated water, all over the world.
- Features great views
- Morning sun
- Evening sun
- Near bars / restaurants
- Near school(s)
- Near shops
- Near a golf course
- Near the beach