Spain/Portugal where are you?

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So, we spent a few days travelling across Northern Spain from St Jean Pied Le Port ( start of the Camino de Santiago) to the middle of Portugal. Stayed in a couple of nice aires, the last one South of Porto, but weren’t too impressed with the area, so back in Spain, currently on the coast at Sanxenxo. Off to Santiago and Fisterre tomorrow for a few days, hoping to walk some of the Pilgrims way.
Lovely and sunny here but no sign of any other motorhomes!
I guess Santiago will be a little busier.
Hope it's fair for you.
It's a gob smacking experience, just sit on the steps of the church, looking at the faces of the pilgrims as they take the final steps of a long and hard journey.
We envy their beliefs and certainty.
 

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After a windy few nights at Almerimar we googled along through the Cabo de Gata. It is very beautiful stopped at San Jose in the municipal car park a fair few vans but no more than 15 mostly French.
We stopped at all the little towns along the coast but we didn't stop overnight.
Our favourite potential overnight was rodalquilar playa just stunning but the wind was 40mph so sadly we moved on.

We are now on the edge of Mojacar. Doesn't appear to be a problem parking up overnight.
We are at Macenas it's really not that busy which surprised us. Mostly French and German vans.

The weather is glorious today no wind and 21c.
Loving life.
Next housekeeping water and cassette emptying any suggestions?
Happy travels all
 

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Algarve, west coast.

We have motorhome mates arriving soon. East of Faro is pretty crammed,along the coast.
Can anyone comment on the situation further west?..
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If someone is coming this way, can they bring us a small pack of simple Bio washing powder, for our cassette?
Long shot, but we could get lucky?
 

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Aire at Estoi.... Inland from Faro.
Just passing on a comment that the aire is quite good, apart from grey water emptying for big vans.
Nice traditional town, not too touristy. Worth a visit.
Roman ruins and a mock Versailles palace, to see.
 

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I read that they plan to site 14 small aires along the N124, between Silves and Alcoutim.
To ease the pressure on the coast, cater for motorhomers who prefer countryside to resorts and bring trade to rural settlements... When?.. T.B.A..

Our Mayor has organised large parking bays , suitable for.motorhomes, beside the N270, about 800 metres to the east of Santa Catarina. By the bus stop.. 5 busses a day pass by from Tavira... Except weekends... They rarely stop.
He's still talking about putting a proper aire in... Amanha, ( that's the Portuguese version of mañana... But not so urgent...).
 

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Manta Rota.. East Algarve

Dropped in for a visit, this morning. Like a ghost town.
Very few folk around. Vans leaving and arriving at the aire .
Half a dozen vans parked up on the carpark... In spite of fresh new signs saying they are prohibited.
Lovely beach, though.
 

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Dropped in for a visit, this morning. Like a ghost town.
Very few folk around. Vans leaving and arriving at the aire .
Half a dozen vans parked up on the carpark... In spite of fresh new signs saying they are prohibited.
Lovely beach, though.
Hi Paul, we are on the camperstop at Gale , arrived Monday lucky that 10 vans had left probably french sorting out their pensions, a few spaces still available . We are planning first trip up the west coast , mixture of wilding and camperstops ideally . Any must stops that you can recommend ?
 

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Hi Paul, we are on the camperstop at Gale , arrived Monday lucky that 10 vans had left probably french sorting out their pensions, a few spaces still available . We are planning first trip up the west coast , mixture of wilding and camperstops ideally . Any must stops that you can recommend ?
Parque de Gale, we found this little gem a couple years ago.
We had the very top right corner in the no electric part.
Stayed for 3 weeks.
Lots of RTd Red wine from the van which came around:tongue:
https://www.parquedagale.com/
https://www.******************/en/portugal/algarve-80-89/vale-de-parra/15619/parque-da-gale
 

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Yeah thats where we are now , looking forward to tomorrows delivery of piri piri chicken and red wine. Have you been up or down west coast ?
 

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Yeah thats where we are now , looking forward to tomorrows delivery of piri piri chicken and red wine. Have you been up or down west coast ?
yea, done all over love the middle, baragems and Tomar, but like the west coast.
Gale is the very best on the Algarve and (shit) can't remember his name, but the guy who manages gale is good. Every night comes around, ("is every thing ok?")
 

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Yan or Jan ? still here , but day off today
yeh , thats his name, got on with him very well!
Said he would always find room for us, but probably said that to most!
Possibly next door!
Good little pool in summer!
 

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If you don't need elec, the top right corner is really good.
Birds to see!
 

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We have motorhome mates arriving soon. East of Faro is pretty crammed,along the coast.
Can anyone comment on the situation further west?..
Ps.
If someone is coming this way, can they bring us a small pack of simple Bio washing powder, for our cassette?
Long shot, but we could get lucky?
Did you get your bio washing powder? Is simple a make or just a basic supermarket box? We are coming out next week but only to central Portugal (near Serta) if it helps? Maybe someone is coming this way then on to you?
Ruth
 

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Hi Paul, we are on the camperstop at Gale , arrived Monday lucky that 10 vans had left probably french sorting out their pensions, a few spaces still available . We are planning first trip up the west coast , mixture of wilding and camperstops ideally . Any must stops that you can recommend ?
Depends on how far you plan to go up the West coast. The National Park is a little touchy about overnight parking, especially if there's more than a couple of vans wildcamping.
Monte Clerigo is nice, good restaurant and bars.. Check with the bars about overnighting
Aljezur , behind the market is interesting.
If you're going further north. Porto Covo, Lagoa da povoa .. Etc etc.
Check out the POIs, as things change every year.
 

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Yeah been in 31degrees ! whats good about Tomar ?
And a lot higher.
Tomar is the last settlement of the Knights Templers with an aire (ex campsite) foc with guardian, water, toilets and cold showers. All foc!
An aqueduct and we found a place where the Portuguese works go for lunch at €7.50 for 3 courses with bottle of wine.

edit, sorry €7 and not €7.50
A full fish or meat of the day
 

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Did you get your bio washing powder? Is simple a make or just a basic supermarket box? We are coming out next week but only to central Portugal (near Serta) if it helps? Maybe someone is coming this way then on to you?
Ruth
Thanks, Ruth.
Lee and Linda's travelling stores brought us enough to get us back to Blighty, bless 'em..
Plus an excellent bottle of Adnams beer.
 

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