Surroundings of O Tartufo Bed and Breakfast in the east Algarve of Portugal
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Moncarapacho is situated in the east Algarve of south Portugal and is a small village of around 7.500 inhabitants. You can find everything you need right here: a small church with nice square, a few good local restaurants, a bakery, a few shops, two supermarkets, a gas station and a local post office to send friends and families your holiday greetings.
Moncarapacho is situated 5 kilometers from the Atlantic ocean. A large part of the coast east of Faro is a protected natural park, the Ria Formosa. Here you can go for long walks and bird watching.
Also along the coast is Fuseta, a tiny fishing town on the atlantic ocean, only 3 kilometers south of our B&B. This small village has many small bars and restaurants and you can smell fish and meat on the grill when entering the town. In Fuseta you can take a ferry to the island off the coast, Ilha Armona - also named Ilha Fuseta - where you can relax on a beautiful sandy beach. You can rent beds and get refreshments on the island during the main season.
Fuseta has a big flea market on the first Sunday of every month (except for august) where you can browse around for that one unique antique. Read more about Fuseta Beach!
The lovely town of Tavira can be found at a distance of only 15 kilometres from our B&B. With it´s 25.000 inhabitants it is a bit bigger and it has a very lively and authentic city centre. A definite recommendation from the owners, as Tavira was their first port of call in the Algarve around 8 years ago on a summer holiday.
The town is divided in two by the river Gilão which can be crossed using the old roman pedestrian bridge, the ‘Ponta Romana’. On the hill overlooking the town you can walk part of the old town walls and visit a nice tourist attraction, the Camera Obscura, located inside a large water tower. Many restaurants can be found in Tavira, you can ask us for our favourites or get help with reservations. We are especially happy with a small shop named Beterraba next to the market in Tavira that offers biological produce, fruits and vegetables.
A few of our favourite beaches are close to Tavira, you can read more about the beach at Praia do Barril and Cabanas de Tavira.
Olhão is larger fishing port and the city has a bit over 40.000 inhabitants. This town is a bit grittier, a bit rough around the edges. But if you are willing to overlook that, you can discover part of the real Algarve. Don't miss the market for an unforgettable display of freshly-caught fish. Here you can buy your daily fresh vegetables, fruit, meat and of course the catch of the day. From Olhão you can take a few ferries to the islands of Armona, Farol and Culatra for a relaxed day at the beach.
Small and ever changing islands dot the coast east of Faro. Friendly fishermen use their boats from spring to early autumn to help people across for a small fee. The beaches can be found on the southern parts of those islands. The Laguna dries out with outgoing tide and a host of birds swoop in to find their favourite dishes in the still wet Laguna. The area around Olhão is described by Lonely Planet as 'a springboard for the Parque Natural da Ria Formosa's sandy islands, Culatra and Armona' and click to read what the new Portugal guidebook of Lonely Planet had to say about O Tartufo.
A bit more inland is the town of Loulé, 10 kilometers north of Faro. Here you can visit the local market daily (with the exception of Sunday) and every Saturday the market expands to its surroundings with many locals offering their goods. The town is definitely worth a visit and is home to the Algarve’s most amazing festival in June, Festival Med. During this festival the old town centre is transformed into a medieval venue with 4-5 different stages and many artists come to sell their arts, crafts and food.
The 150 kilometre Algarve coastal area also defines local cuisine. Many delicious fish dishes can be enjoyed in the many small restaurants. Local favourites are sardinhas assadas (grilled sardines) and cataplana (rich sea fruit dish served in a copper stewing pot called: the cataplana). Or try a local dessert consisting of stuffed figs, figos cheios!
You can go to our Directions page to see a map of the area or have a look at our Pictures to see for yourself what our B&B looks like. New: Photo Blog: It is nearly summer in the Algarve of Portugal