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Make a holiday rental villa or apartment in Moncarapacho, Algarve, Portugal your home away from home

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.

Things to do on holiday in Moncarapacho, Algarve, Portugal

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.

Places to visit on holiday in Moncarapacho, Algarve, Portugal

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.

Weather in Moncarapacho, Algarve, Portugal

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.

Travel to Moncarapacho, Algarve, Portugal

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.

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                                                                                                      Beautiful villa!

                                                                                                      5 of 5
                                                                                                      Twelve of us stayed in this great villa. It had everything we wanted. The airport is close and there's lots to do around the area. Although you won't want to leave the villa. We had a fantastic time and will definitely be back!
                                                                                                      • Review Submitted: 27-Sep-2016
                                                                                                      • Date of Stay: Sep 2016

                                                                                                      A perfect retreat on the Eastern Algarve

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                                                                                                      We travelled in search of rest and relaxation and found it in abundance at Casa Alegria. The cottage is in a rural location with panoramic views to the coast and easy access to local towns and the wonderful island beaches of the Eastern Algarve. You can get the 5-minute ferry across to Fuzeta or catch the little train to the beach at Barril and enjoy lovely walks along the seashore or relax on the beach. Joan is the perfect hostess and creates a welcoming, relaxing and supportive ambience in a very well equipped, clean and comfortable cottage. Previous reviews say it all... the welcome pack of food and drink is delicious and sustained us for the first two days allowing us to relax from day one. The lovely pool and gardens have many sunny or shady places to sit on comfortable, quality furniture and we especially enjoyed the super lilos for casting adrift on the pool. Joan is very sensitive to your needs, her mission is for you to totally relax and have fun and her local knowledge of the area is invaluable. Although we were already familiar with this area of the Algarve, we found new places to eat and Antonio's in Moncarapacho is well worth a visit. You also have a choice of BBQs at the cottage to enjoy al fresco dining. Thank you Joan for inviting us to share a glass or two of wine or beer; we enjoyed your company and conversation together with your daughter, Tiff and feel we have made new friends. We have travelled all areas of Portugal over the last sixteen years and can honestly say that Joan offers travellers the perfect retreat to enjoy an authentic Portuguese holiday in this lovely unspoilt area of the Algarve. Thank you Joan! We will be back! Jane & Ian
                                                                                                      • Review Submitted: 23-Sep-2016
                                                                                                      • Date of Stay: Sep 2016

                                                                                                      HOLIDAYS JUST DON'T GET BETTER THAN THIS!

                                                                                                      5 of 5
                                                                                                      I booked this holiday during a somewhat traumatic period in my life last year and I have to say it was a bit of a shot in the dark. I'd never used Owners Direct before, but the photo's and the reviews looked good so I thought, "Oh, just go for it!" I'm so, so glad I did! We took the ferry from Portsmouth to Bilbao and drove down to the villa which is a fantastic experience in itself. As other reviewers have correctly mentioned it is accessed down a dusty unmade track but having studied the maps and Google Earth, we were prepared for that and the coordinates provided by Dominic took us straight to the door and Elizabeth's instructions that, "The key's under the mat!" proved to be spot on too. Casa Dominico is well appointed with everything that is listed on the web site. We found it spotlessly clean with fresh linen and scrumptious towels. Elizabeth had arranged, as requested, a welcome pack of food in the fridge which I recommend asking Dominic to arrange for you. Just let him know what you think you may need and the cost is taken out of your breakages deposit. The pool is the icing on the cake! When we arrived, the Algarve were experiencing the hottest September temperatures for 85 years. With the car thermometer reading 45 degrees it was bliss just to jump in. The pool lights were not working which was a bit disappointing, but Elizabeth was aware. There is a book listing good places to eat though with nowhere within walking distance, we tended to cook in the villa so you will need to look to other reviewers for recommendations for that. Moncarapacho has two good small supermarkets where you can get all your essentials. For a more comprehensive shop, Tavira, 20 minutes away has a large shopping mall which includes a Continente 'hypermarket' which is well signposted as you enter the town. What we enjoyed most about the villa was its isolated location and with the exception of aircraft on their approach to Faro airport, the peace and quiet. Perfect for relaxing and winding down. As with any location in a hot climate, insects can be an issue. Here at Casa Dominico it was ants in the kitchen. We finally got on top of the problem after four or five days with a good ant killing aerosol from the village hardware store, so be prepared. Communication with Dominic before and with the run up to the holiday was excellent and the same with Elizabeth (the local agent) whilst there. Would I recommend the villa? Well, we're going back!
                                                                                                      • Review Submitted: 22-Sep-2016
                                                                                                      • Date of Stay: Sep 2016