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    • Day38

      Last (in Portugal) and least: Algarve

      May 1, 2022 in Portugal ⋅ ☀️ 26 °C

      After so much beauty day in, day out, we still don’t get bored with traveling around and sightseeing every day. That being said, Algarve is probably a little underwhelming compared to all other places we have visited in Portugal. With fierce competition from the various nature parks, wine regions, surfer hot spots, medieval towns, picturesque cities, and dramatic coast lines of the west that have been entertaining us it simply doesn’t cut it to the top of the list. Don’t let the following somewhat sarcastic statement of events fool you: we are still having the best time and a lot of fun together. We did get bored of Algarve pretty quickly though 😅.

      We first visit Sagres, Europe’s most southwesterly point and in historical times known as “the end of the world” as no man had explored the globe beyond this point. Standing at the Cape Saint Vincent we realise that it’s in fact neither Portugal’s (and hence Europe’s) most westerly or southerly point. Also, there isn’t that much to see here except a shitload of tourists, tourist market stalls, and some ruins with a toilet costing €0,70 per visit. Dutch as we are, of course we skip the toilet at this cost and quickly drive on to another viewpoint: the Sagress Fortress.

      Again, on paper this sounds like a pretty interesting place: it’s a 15th century fortress with only one wall. The other three sides are protected by 60 meter high cliffs. To get in we pay €3,50 (unlimited toilet visits included), to quickly realise that there’s practically nothing to see. Walking around the whole area we see a dry bare landscape, some birds, little green and flowers, and a couple of fishermen. The ocean views are stunning but really just as stunning as we could see from outside the fortress, too. The money they earn from the relatively high number of visitors per day is clearly not used to maintain the information signs that are scarcely located in the area: we are left to guess about 50-75% of each sign as they are run down and worn out. Lured by an ice cream advertisement we end our visit in the gift shop, and there you have it… the one place they have clearly invested their money in (and where there’s actually something to see)! Nicer and more interesting than most souvenir shops we’ve seen this trip we decide to make our €3,50 worth by staying here a while. Consistently behaving Dutch, we stick to the phenomenon of “kijken, kijken, niet kopen!” (“look, look, don’t buy!”) and the ice cream is a hard no too: no one should pay €4,50 for a tiny jar (?!) of ice cream.

      With these two “highlights” of Sagres in our pocket we figure the rest of the town isn’t worth staying for. I’m a little sorry to admit our Dutch thrift continues in Luz where we refuse to pay €25 per night for a camping spot, after which we end up on a super cute little camper ground (€13!) somewhat further down the coast with the actual best thing of the day: a chicken nesting right next to the dishes area, allowing us to feed her out of our hand. CUTE! (Video for proof)

      The next day we set out to hike the “seven hanging valleys” trail. According to a survey conducted by a company called European Best Destinations this was voted by 28k people from all over the world to be the best walking trail of the continent. It’s a coastal walk covering about 6,5 KM one way, covering tracks above natural arches and caves shaped by ocean waves (hence the name). It’s a beautiful trail - does not beat the west coast trails in our humble opinion - that we get to enjoy twice as we walk the 13 KM back and forth (not being able to catch a grab on the other side of the trail). The reward is a dip in the ocean (Tim now also dares to go in!) and some time on one of the many the beaches.

      We do proof to be a tough crowd, and so we decide to cut our stay in the Algarve short. We will stay one more night before making a 3 hour trip the next day: we will be leaving Portugal and drive back into Spain. This country has given us the most enjoyable time and many good memories, it’s a little hard to leave!

      Tchau Portugal, muito obrigada 😍
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      Traveler

      zo mooi 🤗

      5/10/22Reply
      Traveler

      toch leuk om een keer te zien denk ik 🙃was weer leuk om te lezen! 😘

      5/10/22Reply
      Traveler

      Haha ja we genoten wel hoor! 😄❤️ leuk je berichtje

      5/10/22Reply
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    • Day89

      Cadiz und el rocio😍

      August 11, 2021 in Portugal ⋅ ☀️ 26 °C

      Alles etwas im Schnelldurchlauf aber trotzdem auf jeden Fall n Besuch wert gewesen. Morgens vejer de la fontera dann Cadiz und zum Abschluss noch El Rocio. Letzteres war bis jetz eins meiner Highlights, keine geteerten Straßen innerhalb des Ortes, nur Sand, viele Kutschen und Pferde, mega schön! Bin dann noch n Stück weiter Richtung Grenze gefahren auf nen total überfüllten Parkplatz am Meer. Aber ist ja nur für eine Nacht. Morgen gehts dann weiter nach Portugal 🇵🇹😊Read more

    • Day479

      Einfach Sein

      December 18, 2021 in Portugal ⋅ ⛅ 12 °C

      Nach einem kurzen Abstecher ins Hinterland ist es mal wieder Zeit, etwas länger zu verweilen. Die Wäsche will gewaschen werden und die Seele will baumeln. Der liebevoll gestaltete Stellplatz inmitten der Natur kommt uns also gerade recht. Das Städtli (Armacão de Pêra) mit den Bausünden aus den Siebzigern muss man nicht unbedingt gesehen haben. Die Küste allerdings schon👌 Auf kleinen Nebenstrassen erkunden wir mit dem Velo die Felsenstrände Richtung Benagil, die alle mit Wanderwegen verbunden sind. Wir sind immer wieder aufs Neue begeistert von den Felsformationen und staunen auch noch über die zwanzigste Grotte😉 (Anke)Read more

      Traveler

      schöne Fotos! 👍

      12/21/21Reply
      Traveler

      Tolle felsige urige Küste, das gefällt uns richtig gut! Wird vermerkt

      12/21/21Reply
      Traveler

      beate mit "moustache"?

      12/22/21Reply
      openend

      🙈mais non - c'est seulement la lumière😂

      12/22/21Reply
       
    • Day481

      Regenzeit

      December 20, 2021 in Portugal ⋅ ☀️ 17 °C

      Regen ist angesagt...Dauerregen...🌧🌩☔ Darum sind wir am Sonntag noch flugs - bei starkem Wind und blauem Himmel - zur Entdeckung der "linken" Küstenseite geradelt. Ein abwechslungsreicher Veloweg führte uns am Schluss über Holzbohlen am Lagoa de Salgados vorbei und durch die Dünen bis zum Praia da Galé. Absteigen und Staunen...irgendwie gleich und doch ganz anders...😊 Nun regnet es "endlich" mal wieder und wir können uns voll dem Putzen hingeben, bis das Wohnmobil zumindest drinnen weihnachtlich blitzt und blinkt. Rein Dekomässig können wir hier eh nicht mithalten😂 (Anke)Read more

      Traveler

      Alle eure Followers, so wie wir, freuen sich über so tolle Bilder von euch 😃

      12/22/21Reply
      Traveler

      Genau so schaut es hier auch aus, da können wir mit unserem kleinen popeligen Stern 🌟 auch nicht mithalten 😅

      12/22/21Reply
      Happy-Womo

      Wenn ich die schönen Fotos sehe, träume ich schon vom nächsten Winter und ab und zu mal ein Tag für den " Innendienst" ist gar nicht schlimm 😉 Eine schöne Weihnachtszeit 👍 für Euch

      12/22/21Reply
      Traveler

      ohhh.... vielen lieben dank für die tollen bilder.... die beflügeln immer wieder unsere vorfreude auf "eure gegend". die weihnachtsdeko's bei uns hier sind auch von üppiger fülle - wir können einfach nur staunen, was an farbenprächtigem licht uns abends umgibt. wir werden um unsere feuerschale am strand sitzen! frohe und friedvolle tage wünschen wir euch beiden und sonne und nette gesellschaft!!!

      12/23/21Reply
       
    • Day21

      Arriving in portugal

      October 23, 2021 in Portugal ⋅ ☀️ 22 °C

      This morning we woke up early from our secure parking lot in Ronda and to our disappointment Diego had died in the night, we were both devastated and very upset. Russ took him out of his home which was a beer box and made a blanket of paper towels and then put him in a smaller box and sealed it with waterproof tape. We cleaned up his blankets that he had been sleeping on, broke down his beer box house and gave it to the binmen who were outside and then we put him on the back shelve ready for our long drive ahead and his final resting place.
      Today we were heading to Portugal and we had 230 miles to go before we met up with Ellie’s mum and dad in there holiday home in alcantarilha.
      After a quick fuel stop and some negotiating of the first toll booth on the way in to Portugal we arrived at 12:30pm Portugal time, so we had gained an hour. As soon as we arrived, Colin, Ellies dad got a shovel and dug a small hole under some trees and we put Diego inside in his box and buried him.
      We had only had him a week, but he had left a big hole in our hearts and Wanda seemed very quiet without him. But we knew we had done very thing in our power to help him and he was certainly comfortable and loved in the time that we had him. We felt happier knowing that we had loved him for that short time, he had met our friends on the road. Ben had seen him on facetime and for a little kitten he will be remembered in 3 countries, was loved by everyone that had seen him and has left a lasting legacy in all our hearts and he will always be remembered whenever anyone visits the Portugal house.
      For the rest of the day we just relaxed, had a swim in the pool had a lovely spaghetti bolognaise for dinner and went to bed at 9pm absolutely shattered.
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    • Day138

      Armação de Pêra

      December 16, 2022 in Portugal ⋅ ⛅ 16 °C

      Auf dem Weg nach Armação de Pêra mussten wir noch einen Zwischenstopp bei Decathlon machen um unsere Gaskartuschen aufzufüllen. Dabei bot sich uns ein sehr skurriler Anblick: An der Strandpromenade in der prallen Sonne und unter Palmen kam uns eine Gruppe von Männern entgegen, die als Weihnachtsmänner und Elfen verkleidet waren und Weihnachtslieder auf Trompeten gespielt haben. Außerdem war eine kleine Eislaufbahn am Strand aufgebaut und eine Weihnachtslandschaft mit Kunstschnee 😄

      Auf dem Campingplatz waren wir in mitten von deutschen Rentnern die den Winter hier in Portugal verbringen und sich schon seit Jahren jedes Jahr wieder hier treffen.

      Seit heute sind wir auch stolze Besitzer eines Backofens den wir direkt mit gefüllten Paprikas eingeweiht haben 😍
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    • Day34

      Alcantarilha e Pêra

      July 18, 2021 in Portugal ⋅ ☀️ 29 °C

      Vanmorgen waren we om 9 uur al weer onderweg naar Alcantarilha e Pêra waar we naar de CP wilde die iedere camperaar vast en zeker kent. Wij waren er nog nooit geweest maar na al die verhalen die we vaker horen onderweg wilden we dat wel eens zelf van dichtbij bekijken. Mikki's place to stay.

      Het is inderdaad een prachtig plekje met een tuin vol met prachtige planten en kunstwerken en een zwembad dat zeker geen extra luxe is met deze temperaturen.
      We blijven hier een weekje.
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    • Day23

      The chapel of bones & sea of anchors

      October 25, 2021 in Portugal ⋅ ⛅ 20 °C

      We were up early again this morning with the sprinklers which was good because Russ wanted some sunrise shots of the villa with the drone. Getting those shots in the bag nice and early we had a quick breakfast and then headed out to Faro. First stop was the chapel of bones which was an unbelievable sight. The bones used to make the chapel were from 1200 monks that had been buried and after 8-10 years they were removed from the ground and the walls were made from femurs and skulls. It really was a beautiful, amazing but macabre sight.
      From there we spent some time wandering Faro, checking out a few more chapels which were also beautiful but gaudy at the same time, the biggest of which was late 16th century and had huge wooden statues in from the mid 17th century. We all agreed that far to much money is spent in these churches while people around the world are homeless and starving. It doesn’t seem right.
      Then we moved up the coast to Olihue, pronounced owl apparently and had a quick lunch before driving a little further up the coast to Taveria where Russ wanted to get some photos.
      We found a little car park and then took a 1 mile hike along the salt marshes out to a huge sandbar that was packed with beach goers and tourists and there we found the sea of anchors. 100 huge anchors placed in the sand in memory of fallen fishermen. It was quite a sight and we couldn’t get quite as near as we wanted but Russ managed to get some good shots with his telephoto lens and then we took a little train back to the car park.
      From Taveria it was a 50 mile drive taking 90 minutes to get back to the villa and we arrived back at 6:30pm. Just enough to time to get changed and head back out for our 7:30 table at Jaoa’s restaurant, Russ had the Portuguese fillet steak which was presented beautifully and tasted the same, Ellie had the chicken which she said wasn’t great and Colin and Jean shared a Chàteau Brionne which is a whole meal of steak, chips and vegetables served with fruit. Then it was back to the villa. It had been a very long day and we were all tired and ready for bed.
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    • Day39

      Alte - Silva

      October 6, 2022 in Portugal ⋅ ⛅ 25 °C

      Zuerst haben wir Alte besucht. Es ist ein richtig süßes, kleines Dorf, welches mich ein bisschen an Griechenland oder an den Film Mama Mia erinnert hat. Dort haben wir einen frisch gepressten Orangensaft getrunken und sind ein bisschen herum geschlendert.

      Danach waren wir auf einer Burg in Silva. Der Eintritt kostete 2,80€ pro Person und man konnte den schönen Innenhof ansehen. Auch konnte man auf der Burgmauer umher laufen und den Ausblick genießen. Das Museum haben wir uns dort nicht angeschaut.

      In Armação haben wir auf einem Campingplatz übernachtet. Der Boden war nur aus Sand, was ziemlich doof war… Da es einen Pool gab, sind wir abends noch einmal hinein und sind einige Bahnen geschwommen. Die Duschen waren leider eiskalt.
      Am nächsten Morgen haben wir uns mit einem Ehepaar aus Eibelstadt unterhalten und sie haben uns ein paar Ausflug Tipps gegeben.
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    • Day8

      Strand Tag 2

      October 1, 2022 in Portugal ⋅ ⛅ 25 °C

      Eigentlich wollten wir heute auf SUPs die Grotten um Lagos erkunden.
      Der Verleih hat uns allerdings dann doch davon abgeraten, da der Wellengang zu stark war.
      Unser Ausweichprogramm war daher: Sonne, Strand und brutzeln.
      Gegen Abend ging es für uns weiter Richtung Albufeira. Auf den Weg dorthin, hat Cori einen schönen Campingplatz entdeckt.
      Dort angekommen, standen wir vor einem verschlossenen Tor. Auch ein Anruf half nichts, es war niemand mehr am Check-In.
      Kurz darauf, kam ein Mann angefahren. Der Mann der Eigentümerin. Sie hat ihn vorbei geschickt, da er in der Nähe war.
      Da hatten wir wieder Glück. Dann hieß es: Duschen, Kochen, Essen, Bett.
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