Moncarapacho

Moncarapacho is a small idyllic village set amidst Olhão’s countryside.

The village is located 25 minutes away from the Faro airport and 17 minutes from the centre of Olhão. Around 8,000 people live in Moncarapacho, surrounded by fields of orange, lemon and olive trees. This is a land of friendly people, where traditions like handmade crafts and farming are still kept alive by the locals.

In the centre of Moncarapacho, there is Praça da República, a charming square shaded by palm trees and jacarandas. This is the perfect place to relax, as there are a few benches and outdoor cafés where you can sit down and order a drink, whilst watching people go about their business.

It’s also in this square that you'll find the parish church of Moncarapacho, Igreja de Nossa Senhora da Graça. The church has medieval roots but it was rebuilt during the Renaissance period.

Near Igreja de Nossa Senhora da Graça, there is an ancient chapel called Capela de Santo Cristo. The chapel was built in the 17th century and has walls covered with pretty tiles and a barrel vault ceiling. There is a religious museum attached to the chapel which features a collection of sacred objects, as well as a few archaeological artefacts that have been discovered in the region. The museum is open from Monday to Friday and the entry is free.

Moncarapacho produces some of the best olive oil in the world. You can learn more about this local delicacy by visiting the Monterosa Olive Oil Farm and joining the guided tour around the groves.

Up north, there are the hills of Cerro de São Miguel and Cerro da Cabeça, where you can enjoy breathtaking views of the Algarve coast. These can be explored by car, bike, on foot or even by horse. If you want the beach, you can head down to Fuseta, which is only 6 km south of Moncarapacho and boasts some of the most unspoilt beaches in the Algarve.

Every first Sunday of the month, Moncarapacho hosts a large market next to Rua das Olarias, where you can buy fresh fruit and vegetables. In August, there is a bigger agricultural market with music, local cuisine and dancing that lasts for four days. Carnival is also a popular celebration in Moncarapacho and usually takes places in February or March. People dress up in costumes and everyone joins in to see the colourful parade.

Explore this region by following our Olhão 2 day tour. Also read about OlhãoOlhão beaches and islands and Fuseta.