This is day 28 of our Algarve tour, and the final day of our Olhão 2 day tour. I woke up around 8 am and was greeted by a wonderful view of the gardens as I opened the windows of my room.
After eating breakfast, I got in the car and drove towards the hills of Cerro de São Miguel. As I got closer to the top, I could see the ocean getting further and further away and tiny boats sailing across the islands of Olhão, just as I did yesterday.
I took a few pictures from the hills and then headed to the Monterosa Olive Oil Farm for a guided tour. Moncarapacho is famous for its olive oil, so I was really excited to taste this local delicacy when I arrived at the farm.
During the 1-hour tour, I had the chance to walk around the olive groves and learn more about the process of making olive oil. At the end, there was an olive oil tasting, where I sampled a variety of olive oils, ranging from soft to very intense. I couldn’t decide which one was better, so I bought the small tasting kit to take home with me.
Following the tour, I went for a walk around the village and visited the church of Nossa Senhora da Graça. The church had a very simple interior, compared to most of the churches that I’ve seen in the Algarve, but it was still worth the visit.
For lunch, I went to Casa do Povo, a local social centre that also serves light meals during the day. The people were very friendly and it seemed like this was the meeting spot for anyone stopping by Moncarapacho.
My last stop of the day was Fuseta, an unspoilt fishing village located on the south coast of Olhão. I parked the car and walked towards Praia da Fuseta-Ria, following the promenade along the water.
Aside from a couple of fishermen, the beach was completely deserted, leaving plenty of room to sit down and enjoy the views of Ilha da Armona and the lagoons of Ria Formosa.
I waited for the sun to go down and then walked back to the centre to grab some dinner at Casa Corvo. Grilled fish seemed to be the speciality here, so I went ahead and ordered a grilled sea bream. The fish was simply seasoned with a dash of olive oil and salt and accompanied with softly roasted potatoes. I skipped dessert and just had a small espresso before driving to Moncarapacho for the night.
I’ve had a fantastic trip around the Algarve so far and I can’t believe it’s already coming to an end. I’m going to spend a day in São Brás de Alportel and then I’m off to Faro to catch my flight home.