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Picnic Parks

In Monchique there are several picnic parks where you can picnic or just enjoy some cool shade on a hot day.

The Barranco dos Pisões picnic park, in the Seixe stream valley, is a green space where a clear stream flows. It is the ideal place to have a picnic in the shade of a 150-year-old plane tree, classified as a tree of public interest. The name "pisões" refers to the individuals to whom the weavers delivered the cloth to remove the fat and give it consistency. The name of the activity comes from the fact that they worked with the "pisão", a machine that "steps on" the fabrics. Here, there is also the Moinho do Poucochinho (Poucochinho Mill), a water-mill recently restored by the Parish Council of Monchique and named after its former owner. While it was active, this mill contributed significantly to feeding those who used it to grind their cereals.

Next to the entrance to Alferce is the Largo da Horta picnic park, and there are two more parks on the way out of Monchique towards Marmelete. The Santinha picnic park is on the left before the town of Marmelete, and the Barranco da Cruz picnic park is next to the National Road 267 towards Aljezur.

In the centre of the small town of Caldas de Monchique is the Caldas de Monchique picnic park, known for its Fonte dos Amores (Love Fountain). 

Discover the various picnic parks here.

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