Convento de Nossa Senhora do Desterro

Convento de Nossa Senhora do Desterro

Convento de Nossa Senhora do Desterro
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Philip-K-Dick01
London, UK16 contributions
4.0 of 5 bubbles
Jul 2024 • Couples
This is a very unusual and interesting place. A monastery deserted after an earthquake in the 1700’s that ended up as homes for poor families, the descendants of which (2 brothers) are still there. The ramshackle farming goes on among the ruins. It is very eerie and atmospheric. One of the old men offers goods at his version of a gift shop. The ruins are surrounded by cork, fig and orange trees, as the other brother herds goats nearby. It’s a steep but interesting and beautiful walk from the town to the ruins (do not try it in a car!). Definitely one to see!
Written 4 July 2024
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Ed D
Amherstburg, Canada2 contributions
3.0 of 5 bubbles
Apr 2024 • Family
The convento was great. Interesting place. There is a very helpful and kind caretaker. We enjoyed all the narrow streets and windy roads. Yes we witnessed and experienced the guitar player. My first thought was Tourette’s . But who am I to diagnose ?? He obviously is there always, from other individuals comments.
Written 16 April 2024
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Jane D
1 contribution
1.0 of 5 bubbles
Feb 2024 • Friends
Be prepared to meet the most awful unprovoked rude “guitar” player. The visit to the convent itself is interesting but also quite sad that it has been left to decay. The entire visit was marred by a guy sitting by the path expecting money for disturbing the peace with his guitar playing for a few seconds while visitors passed by. As other reviews have stated, he is abusive and potentially scary.
Written 16 February 2024
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Lilacwheaty
Nottingham, UK849 contributions
4.0 of 5 bubbles
Mar 2023 • Couples
Worth the walk for the views ba k over the town
Derelict buildings appeared cared for by a friendly old gentleman who beckoned us in to look around the ruined walls and see the large tree central to the complex
Also met the rudest ever busker on the way back- he sang two lines badly then called us MFs for not giving him any of our hard earned money- I would cheerfully have paid him to shut up before this point as he was spoiling the peace and senerity with his wailing sound
Written 22 March 2023
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Isabel M
3 contributions
1.0 of 5 bubbles
Aug 2022 • Couples
Very sad end of a very nice hike in Serra de Monchique. This place is abandoned, and in really bad conditions. I consider dangerous to go there. My only recommendation is to the Portuguese authorities to assume their responsabilities.
Written 5 August 2022
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Vinden_G
London, UK479 contributions
2.0 of 5 bubbles
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 Netherlands428 contributions
4.0 of 5 bubbles
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
Victoria, Canada22 contributions
1.0 of 5 bubbles
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, Canada4,504 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
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, Canada6,731 contributions
3.0 of 5 bubbles
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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