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Portugal

Portimão, Lagos, Cape St Vincent, Porches, Portmão, Alvor, Aljezur, Odeceixe, Zambujeira, Madira, Comport, Troica, Setabul, Colares, Rodzio

After leaving Albufeira (June 4), we drove to Praia do Amado, in Portimão. Lovely beach
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but the restaurant that we had a small meal at was disappointing (not my clams but Cal and Rorie's meals).
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That night, we camped at Figuero Car Park which was really nice!

June 5, we drove to Cape St. Vincent, the most southwestern point of mainland Europe, which had some beautiful views.
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Then we went to Praia do Burgau which is a cute town and a very beautiful beach
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and then drove to Praia da Luz, near Lagos, which was also nice
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That night we camped at Campismo de Canelas which had a pool! Dinner in tonight of steak and seared tuna!
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June 6, we went to and then to My Lady of the Rock church on the cliff (view from)
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and then down ~100 stairs to Praia Nova, which was almost deserted! Second pic is looking at the church from the beach.
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Then, back up the stairs, and off to Praia da Marinha where we came across this sign (good to know you can only have so many people at a beach),
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saw a huge arch (same one we saw on our boat trip),
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a tunnel in the rock
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and did some snorkeling (which wasn't great).

That night, we camped at Algarve Camping Car Park. As we were parking, a couple from Switzerland that we had met at Figuero Car Park pulled up. Funny! Anyways, really nice and helpful. We went for dinner to a friend's (from Vancouver) sister's restaurant, Quint da Sudade, where we got the royal treatment and the food was amazing!!!
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Then, back to camp, where we had a night cap with our new friends with some Port!

June 7.
We woke this morning with the goal of trying to find a power cord so Cal could plug in his sleep apnea machine. We found it in Portmão, on the way there, we saw some flamingos (bad pic).
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Then we drove to the town of Alvor. It is a really cute town, with a huge boardwalk in the nature reserve area and the beach is very long, stretching all the way to Lagos!
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Then on the road again, passing this strange bird, or egg, farm….we can’t figure out what it is! Then, just for fun, we missed our turn-off so 30 minutes later, passed this farm again!
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Finally we made it to Praia da Bordeira, an absolutely stunning beach!
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A tougher night to find a campsite, the one we thought we would stop at was very close to the beach and was only available if we ate at the restaurant, which we didn’t want to do, so we drove to another one ~30 minutes away. I had a meeting and Rorie had a tutoring session so as soon as we got there, we were both on the computer! Cal dealt with the camping arrangements. An hour later, he says, pack-up, we are going to another campsite, this one doesn’t have toilets! So, on the road again for ~30 minutes to the next campsite, which, unfortunately, was an expensive one but it is now getting late so we stayed there (Parque de Campismo do Serrão)

June 8
We went to the fort in Aljezur
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and then to Praia da Arrifana, which is absolutely beautiful. We didn’t go down to the beach because it was very busy with surfers.
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Then, we drove to Praia de Odeceixe. We stayed in this cute town and lovely beach for a few hours playing volleyball, walking the beach, enjoying the water and watching the surfers.
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Afterwards, we went hunting for our campsite (Aqua Viva) which is very nice! Then we headed to Zambujeira do Mar. The beach is nice
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and the town cute. Unfortunately, we forgot about Rorie’s tutor so we weren’t here long before she was in the camper and on the computer! Cal and I went for a beer in the town. Then back to the campsite and dinnertime!

June 9, big breakfast of fried potatoes and eggs (only in Portugal do the eggs come with a chicken feather in them!). Rorie is signed up for a surfing lesson today at Praia de Odeceixe. The surfing lesson was fun and Rorie actually got up (once)
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After that, we drove back to Aqua Viva campsite, because Rorie forgot her brush, and then on to Santo André at somewhat breakneck speed because we just remember in time about Rorie’s tutoring session (FYI, breakneck speed is ~100km). The first campsite we tried had no toilets (you had to be self-sufficient) but the campsite was okay, luckily not very busy. We went out for dinner to the local restaurant (Chez Daniel) was really good. I tried barnacles – not bad)
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And the view of the beach at sunset was amazing!
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June 10, we drove a lot! We saw Madira, not too exciting but a quaint village.
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Then onto Comport, again a cute city, but we didn’t stay. Then onto Troica, really awesome white soft sandy beach but very busy.

We then took the ferry to Setabul,
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where we did some shopping (Rorie bought a dress) – good prices here! Then to the campsite we had planned to stay at BUT it is Portugal Day and it was full! So, onto the next campsite, closed for maintenance. To the next campsite, full (also no toilets). To the next campsite, full. To the next campsite, there is room here but no toilets but, it is 7:00pm and we are done! So, do whatever you have to do in the bush or hold it!

We had a nice homemade dinner here of shrimp, chicken skewers and pasta. Then we went to a restaurant for a wee drink (and a wee wee) – bedtime!

June 11.
Up early this morning. Cal and I had a coffee (only one of us peed….) and then off to Praia da Princesa. We were there by 9:45 and there were a ton of people there – so crazy! Anyways, they do not have public toilets there, just restaurants.
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We stayed for a couple of hours and then drove over the Pont 25 de Abril (bridge)
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Then through Colares to Rodzio which has a nice beach and a little spring beside it which was cool.

Rorie and I walked to the beach (Praias das Maçãs) around it, over the hill and back.
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We are camping tonight in a parking lot outside of a hostel and doing dinner on the BBQ (in the parking lot!). It is pork roast stuffed with sausage and nuts – interesting!

Posted by Wohlford 13:39 Archived in Portugal Tagged st lagos cape vincent aljezur odeceixe alvor portmão porches zambujeira madira comport troica setabul colares rodzio

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