de Monchique is situated in a wooded valley in the hills behind the holiday
resorts of the Algarve coast.
reason for existence are the four hot thermal springs that come up here
from deep inside the earth. It has been a spa since Roman
The other spring feeds the spa which is housed in a modern building and has a shallow hot pool in one room. The doctors here treat cases referred to them in the mornings and in the afternoons assist those who come for the good of their heath - the 'wellness' clinic.
Attached to the spa is a spa hotel with forty six bedrooms including specialist rooms for the disabled and a restaurant. There is direct access to the spa.
existence of this treatment has resulted in the development over the years
of a small village where the rich and famous used to come before the days
of air travel.
The heyday of the resort was in the nineteenth century and the village became a favourite resort of the Spanish bourgeois and was visited by many of the royal families of Europe who come to 'take the waters'.
It suffered the fate of many spa towns during the early days of mass tourism but has now been renovated to its former glory.
occurred when the complex being transferred to the ownership of 'Fundacao
Oriente', a charity formed under the agreement to hand back the colony
of Macao to the Chinese government. The foundation invests its money
for the good of Portugal and is funded by a proportion of the legal gambling
profits of Macau!
These two buildings form part of a central courtyard which during the day is full of visitors from the many coaches that come here from the beach tourist resorts to sample the old world charm.
Both the central hotel and the inn (estalagem) D. Lourenco have been carefully renovated. The hotel has 13 bedrooms and the Inn has a further 12 bedrooms.
The restaurant is located at the inn which, in winter, has a welcoming log fire. The reception is also shared and is open twenty four hours per day.
All the rooms have a private bathroom and have air conditioning, a telephone, safe and a minibar. Two of the rooms in the inn have en suite shower rooms insted of a bath room
village complex has a privately owned church, a bar at which snacks
are served, a post office and shop.
In the gardens there are two swimming pools, one for adults and one for children
One building in the village has been converted into 10 one bedroom apartments each having a small kitchenette.
There are two meeting rooms modernly equipped, with capacity for up to 135 persons.
A recently renovated building was converted to Hotel D. Carlos which has 18 bedrooms and 4 suites. There is a pub with a pleasant and welcoming atmosphere and a games room.
The surrounding area is a forest in which guests may walk or alternatively take a picnic and follow the stream down the valley to an old water mill.
Five kilometres from the spar is the mountain market town of Monchique, The coastal resorts and golf courses are about twenty two kilometres away.
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