Convento de Nossa Senhora do Desterro

Convento de Nossa Senhora do Desterro

Convento de Nossa Senhora do Desterro
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Jane D
1 contribution
1.0 of 5 bubbles
Feb 2024 • Friends
Be prepared to meet the most awful unprovoked rude “guitar” player. The visit to the convent itself is interesting but also quite sad that it has been left to decay. The entire visit was marred by a guy sitting by the path expecting money for disturbing the peace with his guitar playing for a few seconds while visitors passed by. As other reviews have stated, he is abusive and potentially scary.
Written February 16, 2024
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Isabel M
3 contributions
1.0 of 5 bubbles
Aug 2022 • Couples
Very sad end of a very nice hike in Serra de Monchique. This place is abandoned, and in really bad conditions. I consider dangerous to go there. My only recommendation is to the Portuguese authorities to assume their responsabilities.
Written August 5, 2022
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Vinden_G
London, UK479 contributions
2.0 of 5 bubbles
Jun 2021
There seems to be a family (or 2) living here. Graffiti signs say 'private family' keep out. So couldn't see much of it at all. Hiking up there in 34C weather was not worth it IMHO. Calm area with nice cork trees but I believe there's nothing to see in terms of an interior now it's 'occupied'.
Written June 10, 2021
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Mags L
1 contribution
1.0 of 5 bubbles
Nov 2018 • Couples
My boyfriend and I visited the convent or tried to. It was very hard to find and the streets are very tight to drive around, but by far the worst part of our visit was when we eventually found the entrance to the convent, parked up and started to walk up the hill, we were met by a terrifying vagrant with a guitar who swore abuse at us continuously. I felt so scared as though he might get violent at any moment. I would STRONGLY suggest you avoid this place of interest at all costs it is not safe!!!!
Written November 4, 2018
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Sandra W
United Kingdom7 contributions
1.0 of 5 bubbles
Nov 2016 • Couples
The lady in the tourist office is great, very pleasant indeed and suggests this walk. It is a pleasant walk until you meet a vagrant in the woods. He has a guitar but is not playing it. He is exceedingly aggressive and cusses and swears at you. The aggresssion could easily turn to violence. I go back to the tourist office so the kind lady in the office can do something about it. Her response is stunning. He has been a problem for some time, the police are aware but can do nothing unless you want to spend time with a formal complaint. Yet she stills suggests people go up there! Be warned protect yourself by not going there.
Written November 3, 2016
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patrycja_n87
Arbroath, UK58 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Mar 2018 • Couples
It's hard to describe. In the town you will find signs leading to this place but when you get there you will see a ruin. Some people live there, we were afraid at the beginning but they were nice. You will find some azulejos left but overall it's sad that the monastery is not better preserved. We were also surprised by a shepherd with his sheeps :)
Written May 20, 2018
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PGibbo
1 contribution
1.0 of 5 bubbles
Jun 2019 • Friends
Travellers to the convent should beware of a man in a blue shirt, thick black rimmed glasses, late forties with a guitar and bag with coins in it. I assume he is a busker although I never heard him play an instrument. Instead he swore profanely (in broken English) at my adult daughter and I as we approached the quite isolated convent. This was unprovoked and very intimidating as we were the only people around. On the way back down the same path he responded to my ‘Bom Dia’ with another highly agitated, foul-mouthed tirade. I could see he had been cutting cork bark from a tree with a knife and now my daughter and I were seriously concerned that things could escalate out of control. Fortunately two people came up from the town and the man retreated from the path, back into the trees. I warned the new comers that this guy was clearly a nutter, and we left pronto. This was a bizarre and unsettling experience in a beautiful and serene part of Monchique. If I could have found a policeman in the town, I would have reported it. Take care up there !
Written June 27, 2019
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Lesterbeach
Winnipeg, Canada4,504 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Mar 2018 • Solo
A 15 minutes walk up hill from the main square the route is pretty well marked. Although it says private if the resident is there he will let you in- I usually leave a few coins for him. Quite beautiful in its ruins. This is the fourth time I have been inside and it is one of my favourite things to do in the region.
Written March 20, 2018
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WinnieacreZZ
Cork, Ireland62 contributions
1.0 of 5 bubbles
Oct 2017 • Couples
This place is signposted as Convento from the town and is quite a steep walk over a rough path for the last part of the walk. As we walked along a strange man with a guitar jumped down from the wooded hillside and muttered to us in Portuguese. He was playing and singing in the middle of the path as we walked back down.
The building at the top is not remarkable and is in very poor condition. We were invited inside by a man who seemed to be living there. I got some atmospheric photos of the building and his chickens which were roaming around the site. We didn't stay long as the building did not look very safe to be inside as there are many bushes and trees growing everywhere and many of the window openings are held in place with tree branches tied together.
The wood along the pathway has cork trees which had been marked and a sign with details of their circumference etc and grade.
Written October 28, 2017
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Lesterbeach
Winnipeg, Canada4,504 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
The monastery is about a half hour walk mostly uphill from the main square of Monchique. The path is well marked. It may be easier to drive through Monchique and the try parking near the top of the hill. The views all along the way are gorgeous. Near the monastery you walk through groves of cork trees. The monastery itself is in ruins but is still very pretty. People are living in the monastery and you cannot go in although last year when visiting one of the people living there asked me if I wanted to see the inside. This was a highlight of the visit. Roosters strutted throughout the monastery. Many of the rooms had collapsed ceilings. Some azulejos remain in places on the walls. It reminded me of bombed out cathedrals after the war. The family living there has found a small space inside where they can live. The resident asked me if I wanted to buy some of his fruit or herbal remedies. I purchased a few lemons for 1€ and he seemed happy. I was very grateful for the visit behind the scenes. Even though the sign says private see if you can get an interior tour but don't be pushy. I guarantee you will enjoy it.
Written March 18, 2015
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