Moncarapacho in eastern Algarve comes under the district of Olhao that gained city status in 1985 due to the importance of its tourist centre.
Moncarapacho might not be something tourist would expect to visit due to being known more for being an agricultural area. But you would be missing a part of the Algarve that is well worth the visit.
There is a museum (Museu Paroquial) with artefacts from all periods with a good display, just outside in the enclosed courtyard. Ranging from roman pillars and carved marble finials to pre roman stone drinking troughs. It does seem strange to see such an impressive collection in the middle of a small village. But due to the area being agricultural, most have been discovered when ploughing land to plant crops and trees in the surrounding areas.
This is celebrated with a very large agriculture themed market/event in August and is attended by locals from surrounding villages. It continues with live music and food festivals into the small hours, not just for locals all are welcome to join in the fun.
The Town has some very unusual architecture one being the Moorish façade of the GNR building (police station). Also the elaborate stone carved doorway of the main church dating back to the 18th century. There is also a smaller chapel (Santo Cristo) next door to the Museum that has its bell tower and dates from 1704.
Traditional Pizza restaurant
Ancient & roman finds
Sheltered cafe square
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