Welcome to Monchique
Caldas de Monchique, a locally famous spa town, is 6km to the south. It has been a popular spa for over two millennia – the Romans loved its 32°C, slightly sulphurous waters, which are said to be good for respiratory and digestive ailments and rheumatism. Dom João II came here for years in an unsuccessful attempt to cure his dropsy. Floods in 1997 led to the closure of the spa hospital, after which it was redeveloped into a spa resort
Fires regularly affect this area during summer, causing widespread damage and ongoing frustration at the lack of preventative measures, though the countryside regenerates quickly.