Time to discover Portugal

Trip Start Apr 01, 2012
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Trip End Oct 01, 2012


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Flag of Portugal  , Faro,
Saturday, June 23, 2012

22/6/2012   Time to say goodbye to Spain for a week or so and drive to Portugal to have a look around. We will return to northern Spain after this trip to here. After much looking at the map and trying to decide where to go , we thought we would give the south coast a bit of a go so took the highway west from El Rocio. Very good trip and very little traffic on the road. Lovely drive as well, we came across big fields covered with sunflowers in bloom, a very pretty sight. Also the medium strips on Spain's highway are so colourful with different coloured shrubs. They may not have a lot of money but spare no expense on their roads. Once you cross the border into Portugal the condition of the roads changes a fair bit but not too bad. Our destination for the day; Albufeira, why we did not know, it sounded a nice name and was not far from the road to Lisbon.  Albufeira is a coastal town with lots of hotels, apartments and soooooooooooo many tourists. The caravan park we booked in was very close to the town centre, a 10 minute bus ride with the bus stop outside the park. ( love that ) After setting up and having some lunch we caught the bus into town to have a look around. What we found was very different to what we thought it would be. It would have to be the tackiest town we have ever seen. Due to its location and the warmer weather the area caters for tourists to the extreme. Rick says ," this is so much like a seaside town in England, the only difference is the sun." Everything is in English or Dutch. Menu boards are written in English with English food only. I was astounded when I read one menu board with home cooked stew and dumplings written on it. The Dutch were not much better with the same theme for them. Sadly nothing Portugese about the place at all. Still it is good for the economy I suppose.  The caravan park was just the same, not very busy yet and caters very much for the English tourists. I have seen TV shows about holiday venues like that but thought they were over the top, now I know better. Must add that everybody seemed to have a good time and enjoying themselves which is what counts after all. We caught the bus back as soon as possible to the park. A lovely Portugese man was parked across the road from us and we had a lovely conversation with him. Gave us a good few tips as what to see in Portugal . We will be heading inland again because it seems that most of the coast here is like Albufeira which is not our cup of tea.
23/6/2012       On the road to Lisbon
Not a lot to write about yet, we took the toll road to Lisbon , not cheap  180km for 34 euros but it was worth it. A good road to drive on. Tomorrow we will catch a bus and then a ferry to the city and no doubt walk the streets again. A lot to see in Lisbon and of course lots of historic sites. Nice here and not too hot. The park is enormous but well kept and good facilities.
A interesting couple of days for us and we are looking forward to tomorrow














due to its location and the warm weather the area caters for tourists to the extreme. Mainly English and Dutch as they are the majority. More souvenir shops and knick knack shops than you can imagine. Restaurants
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