Monchique Mayor Rui André welcomed British Prime Minister David Cameron to his office last week and proposed a toast to an enjoyable holiday in the Algarve with Medronho ‘fire-water’.
Looking sun-tanned and relaxed, the UK’s Conservative party leader was received by the Monchique Mayor, who said it was an “honour” to have such an important personality visiting his municipality, and what better way to make Cameron feel at home than to offer him a glass of the strong liquor produced in the ‘serra’ (hills).
The two politicians chatted about various issues, including The Camerons’ stay in the area and the centuries-old friendship between England and Portugal.
Mayor Rui André said the British Prime Minister appeared to be “really enjoying” his time in the Algarve and that the local people had made him and his family feel “very welcome”.
Speaking about Monchique’s natural landscapes, Cameron said “the views were magnificent” and that the area is ideal for a tranquil family holiday.
He also spoke about the “excellent food” served in the typical Algarve restaurants.
David Cameron was offered a basket-full of Monchique goodies, including Medronho, Melosa (honey liquor), lemon liquor, various smoked delicacies, honey and a typical cake called ‘Bolo de Tacho’. Last week the Algarve Tourism Board also sent him a welcome hamper of Algarve products, including jams, olive oil and Lagoa wines.