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At the Tourist Office, go down to the roundabout and then left. 60 m after the car park, turn left. Go down the stairs to Rua Combatentes do Ultramar and after 50 m turn right and follow the road.
Turn left at the junction, and when you get to the end of the road take the footpath on the right. At the roundabout, turn right towards the hypermarket. At the roundabout, turn right towards the traffic lights. Turn right just before the petrol station and follow the road past the old, run-down house.
At the roundabout, facing the Pé da Cruz Chapel, take a left on Rua Serpa Pinto and follow the road until you reach Largo dos Chorões. Cross the square and keep going straight ahead. On the other side of the square, follow Rua do Porto Fundo to the right, and then take a right onto Rua Dr. Bernardino Moreira.
As you follow the road, the Main Church will be to your left. Go down the stairs on your right. Across the road you’ll find the Monchique Parish Council building on the right hand side. Turn left. You should spot the Municipal Market on the right, after the next set of traffic lights. Turn down the street opposite the market – Calçada de S. António – and then take the first left onto Rua do Corro. After 20 m, turn right onto Rua do Açougue and then left to the Church Square. Cross the square, keeping the church on your right.
Go through the Sacred Art Centre and up through the side porch to the main entrance of the church. Go down Rua da Igreja and, at the end of the road, turn left and then right, onto Rua João de Deus.
As you face the Misericórdia Church, take the street to your right. Facing the St António Gallery, turn left and then right, up Travessa do Revez Quente.
At the top, turn right and then left, up the stairs. At the top, turn left and then right and past the Monchique Town Hall. At the junction, turn right towards the Senhor dos Passos Chapel. Go back to the junction and turn right onto Rua do Prior Francisco Jorge Melo. Before reaching the old drinking fountain, the road curves off to the left; follow it around. After 75 m, take the stairs into Beco do Relógio, to your right.
Follow Rua do Relógio uphill, first to the right and then to the left, where you’ll see signs for a walking path and a viewpoint. Keep going up to the Nossa Senhora do Desterro Convent. Make your way back down along the same route, but this time keep going straight ahead until you reach the junction.
In the square with the palatial house, turn left and then right, until you find yourself in Largo de S. Gonçalo de Lagos. Follow the road to your right, where you’ll see a fountain, and then straight ahead on Rua da Fonte do Castanheiro. When the road forks, follow the pavement on the right until you reach the St Sebastião Chapel. At the junction, turn left and head to the viewpoint.
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