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 Welcome to Moncarapacho
This site provides accurate information about Moncarapacho, the history of the parish Museum and the associated Chapel of Santo Cristo. We intend to add additional information about our local events, also the
contents of the museum and photographs of some of our exciting exhibits - so please visit us frequently!


Moncarapacho
is a typical rural area of the eastern Algarve, dating back from1368. Nestled in between the coast and the mountains, off the beaten track, it is a tranquil region of citrus, fig, almond carob and pomegranates.  It is rich in history and culture, and steeped in popular traditions which mostly evolved around the church. The monthly feira bring out the artisans, where you can still see saddlemakers, farriers, potters and Gypsies at their work.

The historic centre of Moncarapacho
is charming, with its cobble stone streets and bourgeois architecture of the nineteenth and twentieth century. The town has an unhurried, and calm atmosphere of people going about in a relaxed and friendly way.  Alongside the main church is the square, where you can sit and have a drink or a meal, beneath the jacaranda trees (and be made to jump by the church clock striking). The town offers several good restaurants and plenty of pavement cafés. Even the police station, in a pink Arabic-style, is of architectural interest.

During the 17th century the chapel of Santo Cristo was a place of pilgrimage, reportedly having miraculous properties. This religious flair was reflected by the
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even chapels and hermitages constructed within the village and outlying areas.da
Cruz, S. Francisco and S. Sabastião, the Misericordia and A Nossa Senhora do
Carmo are typical of the local rural architecture. The XVI century hermitage of  S. Miguel, about 4 kilometres north of Moncarapacho, sits on the mountain that is also named after the saint. At an altitude of 411m, it is undoubtedly one of the most beautiful views of the Algarve, a sweeping panorama of 360º that takes in coastline and hills alike. Another natural viewpoint not far from Moncarapacho is the hill at Cerro da Cabeça. In addition to its position high above the coast, this mount has a curious feature of being riddled with caves accessible only to speleologists.

 "A land or its people are not just a simple fact of nature, but a portion of space devoted to by generations, which is imprinted over a period of time by variable influences, creating a unique and perfect combination of elements: Territory and civilization."

Orlando Ribeiro, 1987