The charming country town of Moncarapacho lies in the middle of the Olhao region of the Algarve. Its agricultural routes are most noticeable in the charming, laidback atmosphere which still influences the friendly inhabitants of this delightful little town. Moncarapacho is a great place to rent an apartment or villa for a genuinely relaxing holiday in the sun. Moncarapacho is like many of the towns and villages to the east of Faro, completely unspoilt by the tourist trade. Offering a true insight into Algarve life, yet with all the tourist attractions in easy reach, a Moncarapacho holiday is truly special.
Everything you could desire on a Moncarapacho holiday can be found within the village. With a supermarket, shops, restaurants and a huge number of fantastic pavement cafes in which to sip a cool beer and watch the world drifting by. The first Monday of every month sees Moncarapacho come to life as the weekly market gets into full swing, with sales of everything from local pottery to fresh olives. However, it is the annual summer market, which last for four days in the first weekend of August, which really brings the town to life. The whole area becomes awash with people, stalls, food stalls and music. There are a huge range of music and dancing every year during the market, giving it a real carnival atmosphere.
The surrounding countryside of olive groves and vineyards climbing the slopes of the foothills of the Sierra de Moncarapacho Mountains provide an ideal landscape for walkers and riders looking for idyllic countryside to explore. Artists have been staying in Moncarapacho apartments for many centuries, taking advantage of the magnificent natural sights and the changing evening light which bathes the area. The Formosa National Reserve is a bird-watching haven, whilst the proximity of the coast also provides some top quality cliff walks.
The beaches of Olhao are easily up to the high standards of the Algarve, and you can happily spend many hours with the sand between your toes and the sun on your face. The Mediterranean waters are also perfect for sailing and windsurfing holidays, as well as fishing trips and scuba diving trips. Those who enjoy sailing and windsurfing will probably already be aware of the region, as it is one of the best in the Algarve for sailing conditions.
The town of Olhao is a huge fishing centre, and as a result, has attracted some of the best seafood restaurants in the whole of the Algarve. The weekly markets are always a hive of activity, and you can always find a spot on the beautiful beach on which the town is built.
In the summer months, the climate of Moncarapacho, Algarve, is scorching. Average temperatures remain above 20˚C from early April until late October, reaching almost 36˚C in July and August. Daily peaks are often around 40˚C, and there is nothing nicer than returning to your Moncarapacho apartment for a quick siesta during the heat of the day, and having your evening meal outside on the veranda, overlooking the sea.
A Moncarapacho apartment can be reached in just a few minutes from Faro International Airport (FAO) which lies a matter of miles to the west of the town. Wherever you live in the UK, there will be a cheap flight to Faro leaving from an airport very close by, as there are a whole range of airlines providing cheap flights.