Artisanos de Monchique
Monchique for its size has a fair number of craft shops packed with lots of products from around Portugal. Locally made products of Monchique are limited to roman style chairs, honey, medronho, embroidery and baskets. The cork products are manufactured in the Algarve, the nice bed throws and woolly jumpers and socks from the north of Portugal, the pottery mainly from Alentejo. However there are a few shoemakers, blacksmiths and chair makers workshops which one can visit to observe the process hands on. The cutest and most charming I’d recommend is Maria Rosa’s unnamed shop opposite the Spar supermarket, where the 80 year old lady sells her embroidery along other nice products from Monchique and Portugal.
Take the virtual tour of Monchique’s crafts shops. Click through the photos of the research. Enjoy!