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Parque da Mina
Ranked #4 of 24 things to do in Monchique
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Recommended length of visit: 1-2 hours
Owner description: Parque da Mina is a complement to the offerings of aquatic fun and beach in the Algarve. In Parque da Mina travel through time, visiting a furnished house (XVIII century), some traditions the Serra de Monchique, grocery, shoemaker, carpentry, dressmaker, distillery of berries (medronho), agriculture, manufacture of bread and honey, cork extraction, ore extraction, manufacture of charcoal, farm animals, old means of transport, sightseeing, suspended bridge on the waterfall, wetland for warmer days, spaces for picnics, children's fun and events. In Parque da Mina you can live a fantastic adventure double between culture and fun.
Reviewed 28 June 2018 via mobile

Stumbled upon this place as looked good from the main road, no prices until your at the window paying €24 to get in... ok, there wasn't anything to see?? We didn't see a museum there was one building but the door was closed? Maybe because we was the only 2 people there mid-morning? We thought how strange! The ponies had open sores on their backs, clearly has skin problems. The donkey was so pleased to see us like it hadn't seen anyone in a year and it had no water? Very strange place and wish we hadn't gone in. Needs major improvement and more looked after animals & signs then maybe you'd be more busy.

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Reviewed 20 June 2018 via mobile

We went here after a trip to mount foia. The park is located some distanse away from Monchique along the main road heading to Portimao. There is a big sign you can see from the road and there is a lot of parking outside the park. The entry fee was 24 euros for two adults, which was a little expensive for a park of this size. The park itself was nice and it was worth the visit. There were both goats, donkey, and ponies there that you could feed. There is also a small cafe inside the park. The museum was interesting with lots to see. After a round in the park you can see the waterfall and the suspension bridge.

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Reviewed 1 April 2018

Really nice tour of the old house by the staff, with full historic information given, and very interesting tales. Nice to wander around and see the animals and the remains of the mine. A place where you could also take a picnic and spend half a day. Family ticket at €26, I didn't think the price was out of the reach of people visiting Algarve. Funny mirror maze.

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Reviewed 18 February 2018

We drove past and thought we would give it a try. A very interesting old house, 300 years old, with lots of rooms set out as they might have been all those years ago. Not good for 70 year olds with a walking aid, but you could get a wheelchair into part of the park but not to see any of the exhibitions. Pleasant afternoon with a very good guide round the house, £8 each for retired folks.

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Reviewed 10 September 2017 via mobile

This place is a triumph of marketing over reality. Expensive reality too at 10 euros each.
I couldn't work out what the place was trying to be. If this was meant to be an educational experience...and it has the potential to be one...then it failed by a mile. If a family adventure then it's too expensive and fails again.
The pity of it is that without much effort or expense it could have been very different. So if anyone in senior management is listening here's some feedback which I intend to be beneficial.
1. Improve your information cards with more depth and better presentation. Nowhere more so than the bird sanctuary. Have a look at the type of information UK zoos use and emulate it.
2. We weren't offered a site map or a guide book. At this price point believe me your customers expect more than just a receipt! There weren't any guide books available as far as I could tell. Come on for a historical experience you can write volumes. Your centre piece is the house. Look at the National Trust literature from the UK it will give you a great template to work from.
Audio guides in differing languages will help your guides. Our guide was an absolute delight ( and the only reason you got two stars instead of one ) but she struggled with English.
3. Whilst we appreciated the signs in English but I was surprised by the lack of multilingual support.
4. If your core theme is historical education do you link up with local schools? Again look at how historical locations in the UK link with schools and run school programmes.
5. The mine was particularly disappointing. Your marketing suggests more than a grill over a hole in the ground even if it does have a dummy miner.

As far as I could tell on a beautiful Sunday afternoon in early September my wife and I had the place to ourselves. That can't be sustainable and for that bit of imagination and investment could be so much more than it is.

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