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Convento de Nossa Senhora do Desterro

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Convento de Nossa Senhora do Desterro

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Discover the Algarve’s unique Moorish influences during this half-day guided tour to the towns of Silves and Monchique, departing from the Algarve. This tour uncovers the impressive 11th century Silves Castle, one of the best-preserved Moorish fortifications in Portugal. Then take in the views from Algarve's tallest mountain, Foia, which stands at 2,960 feet (902 meters) above sea level. Enjoy free time to shop for local handicrafts and products before heading back to Algarve.
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Gerson van Luijk wrote a review Mar 2020
Rotterdam, The Netherlands304 contributions49 helpful votes
This place is mostly cool due to the circumstances. People live here and let you in. It is good i read tripadvisor, so I was prepared. The ruin itself is a bit messy. You might doubt whether you really liked it :P.
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Date of experience: March 2020
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Princeoftides wrote a review Mar 2020
Vancouver, Canada22 contributions5 helpful votes
We walked up to the convent ruins and there were 4 men milling around outside. The place was festooned with plastic flowers, graffiti, and spray painted “private property”. It also smelled of urine. It appeared that they were living in the ruins and trying to get money out of the tourists. We turned around, went back down the road and encountered a man playing a guitar expecting money. When we did not give him any we were sworn at (he know some English!). All in all, what should have been a quiet rural experience was quite disconcerting. One might expect to encounter this type of thing in an urban slum but not at such a lovely rural spot. There are many interesting sites around Monchique and until something is done about the people hanging around the convent, I would suggest it be avoided.
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Date of experience: March 2020
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Lesterbeach wrote a review Feb 2020
Winnipeg, Canada4,216 contributions557 helpful votes
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Have walked up here many times over the years. Go up the stairs in Monchique and follow the signs, basically you keep going up. You can see the monastery when you drive into Monchique beside the yellow house. The walk up is about 20 minutes and is a good workout. The cobble stone road ends and you then follow the path through the cork trees to the monastery. As you arrive at the monastery it will say Keep out private property but keep walking through the wire gate to the next door. If that is open the men living there will invite you in to see the ruins. If you have seen the movie the English Patient the scene where the soldier is nursed could have been filmed here. A few tiles are left on the wall and some stations of the cross as well. A photographers paradise! The book Wild Portugal lists this as one of the top sights in the area. After leaving you can buy a few lemons or scented oils but we always leave a few euros as a thank you. There is no admission fee. Then we walk through the gardens, orange and avocado trees for great views of Monchique. Really one of the most interesting places you could visit.
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Date of experience: February 2020
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KathleenR_28 wrote a review Feb 2020
Port Dover, Canada5,868 contributions404 helpful votes
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I saw the ruins from the center of town and became curious about it. I asked my friend if she wanted to check it out. The hike up was short and steep in one or two places. I loved the path that took us through a cork forest .. it was magical. when we got to the ruins, aA man beckoned us inside. He seemed to live here with his brother, who showed us around and had so many stories (mostly weird) to tell. It is too bad that this building, which I read somewhere was built in the 14th century, was not preserved. There must have been so much history behind this edifice. I read afterwards that a man is trying to buy this place to convert it into a hostel, would you believe! Such a shame. The chatty brother took us outside to a higher level and we saw the views from up top. Beautiful. Be wary of the guitarist on the hill, by the way. He expects anyone passing by to throw some euros his way and will cuss you if you dont. I read some people had worse experiences.
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Date of experience: February 2020
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Vinetou wrote a review Dec 2019
Ljubljana, Slovenia639 contributions84 helpful votes
Be honest, I was expected more. But all together it was quite a nice break. Easy walking in a shadow of 15 minutes. On top a mixture of ruins and some solid part of the "Convento". Private property was written in red. All is looking quite strange. But the view on the city was nice.
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Date of experience: May 2019
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