Convento de Nossa Senhora do Desterro

Convento de Nossa Senhora do Desterro, Monchique: Address, Convento de Nossa Senhora do Desterro Reviews: 3.5/5

Convento de Nossa Senhora do Desterro

Convento de Nossa Senhora do Desterro
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Vinden_G
London, UK482 contributions
Waste of time...
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 10 June 2021
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Gerson van Luijk
Rotterdam, The Netherlands322 contributions
Spooky ruin with interesting people living here
Mar. 2020
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.
Written 22 March 2020
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Princeoftides
Vancouver, Canada22 contributions
Unpleasant Experience
Mar. 2020
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.
Written 7 March 2020
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Lesterbeach
Winnipeg, Canada4,216 contributions
My favourite spit in the Algarve
Feb. 2020 • Friends
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.
Written 20 February 2020
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KathleenR_28
Port Dover, Canada6,093 contributions
Convent ruins up on a hill
Feb. 2020
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.
Written 19 February 2020
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Vinetou
Ljubljana, Slovenia633 contributions
A nice walk with some views
May 2019
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.
Written 5 December 2019
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Sueodea
New York City, NY34 contributions
Strange and wonderful
Nov. 2019
We were visiting Monchique and followed the signs in town that promised a viewpoint. We didn’t have a clue where we were going and ended up at the Convent. What a remarkable place! There were signs scrawled in red paint telling people it was private property and to keep out, but a man appeared and beckoned us to go in. We walked through a dark earth-floored room, and I wondered was it maybe not the best idea to follow this stranger, but he left us to explore the ruins and how strange and wonderful the place was. Barely a roof left, creepers trailing down the walls, chickens in the yard, old blue tiles in a crumbling room. The man who lived there had made some kind of altar / memorial with old bicycle wheels (yes really!) and silk flowers. We had no small notes on us, and the man (who seemed very kind) didn’t ask for money, but I wish I’d left him a few Euros.
Written 10 November 2019
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739taniad
24 contributions
Beautiful view
Aug. 2019 • Friends
Beautiful outlooks - so sorry the monastery is closed as private property and on the walls its sprayed on as such
Written 18 August 2019
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PGibbo
1 contribution
DANGEROUS MAN IN CORK TREES !
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 27 June 2019
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Maximilian M
Beverstedt, Germany7 contributions
Strange Place with past historical charme
Apr. 2019
Strange Place with past historical charm, worth the efforts to climb the small street to find a place outside the tourist paths
Written 11 April 2019
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