Rota da Geologia (Geology Route) - Monchique
With your feet on the path and your eyes wide open, we challenge you to find all twenty seven Place of Geological Significance that this Route holds.
Rota da Geologia (Geology Route) - Monchique
Location
Municipality of Monchique
Location
Municipality of Monchique
Water available
Yes
Local corner shops
Yes
Water available
Yes
Local corner shops
Yes
Description of Itinerary

The distinct landscape, marked valleys, abundant streams, typical flora and fauna and geologic diversity of Monchique Range, sporting rocks of relative rarity, make it an original and unique place in the Algarve.

Located in the northwest sector of the Algarve, the Monchique Range has an east-west elongated topography 16 km (10 miles) long and up to 6 km (3.7 miles) wide. It has three main units: Picota (773 m, 2536 feet high), located in the eastermost block; Fóia (902 m, 2959 feet high) and Picos (574 m, 1883 feet high), located in westernmost block. Both block are separated from each other by a northeast-southwest oriented valley.

Also known as Monchique Alkaline Massif, the Monchique Alkaline Complex is part of the Iberian Alkaline Igneous Province, which encompasses two other Portuguese igneous massifs (one in Sines and the other in Sintra), the Lisbon Volcanic Complex, several outcrops of magmatic rocks that exist in the Portuguese mesozoic sedimentary basins (Algarve Basin and Lusitainian Basin), the Mount Ormonde Massif and several igneous bodies in the Pyrinees.

Several Places of Geologic Significance (PGS) have been identified throughout both trails, where some characteristics features of tthe municipality's geology can be appreciated. It should be noticed, thoug, that geologic features similar to those pointed out in the different PGS can be found throughout both trails and in other places of the municipality - all it takes is an attentive eye and you'll be able to spot them all by yourself!

 

 

 

Useful contact information
  • Monchique Town Hall: (+351) 282 910 200
  • Monchique Health Centre: (+351) 282 910 100
  • Monchique Volunteer Firefighters: (+351) 282 910 000
  • National Republican Guard - Monchique: (+351) 282 912 629
  • Monchique Tourist Information Office: (+351) 282 911 189
  • In the event of an emergency, call 112
  • If you see a fire, call 117

 

Downloads
Rota da Geologia Guide
Track GPX: Percurso 1 - Marmelete
Track KML: Percurso 1 - Marmelete
Track GPX: Percurso 2 - Fóia e Área envolvente
Track KML: Percurso 2 - Fóia e Área envolvente