Our little site at Monchique was getting very busy – French vans arriving at regular intervals yesterday until site was full by 6pm. Apparently they were meeting up for a trip into Morocco in the New Year and more were expected. We did a few walks around the tracks and down to the farmhouse during the afternoon, beautiful swimming pool and tiny villas to rent. It was also housework day so Iain – yes himself – cleaned inside the van whilst I put a wash through in the site machine.
This morning we decided it was time to move on so we headed back down to the coast. First stop was at Armacao de Pera where we had a campsite that had been recommended. The area was lovely with a great beach, fishing boats were on their way out and lots of tourist bars open.
Moving down the coast we arrived in Albufeira and decided to stay here for a bit. We are on a massive site that takes 980 units. There must be about 300 here so there is loads of space. A couple of restaurants on site plus 3 swimming pools (see all these photos of pools – well we never go in as they are freezing, its just they make good photos whereas photos of caravans don’t ). Anyway 20 minutes after we arrived here we met up with 2 couples from the Luz site who had come down for an afternoon trip out. Its a small world here where you see the same people on different sites all the time.
This afternoon we biked down to the town and beach, about 2 miles. We were surprised how busy it was and all the shops and bars open, even a few hardy Brits on the beach. Loads of people around and a proper holiday buzz about the place. Lots of old buildings with plenty of new stuff jammed in between but it still manages to look quite quaint. I am going back tomorrow for a bit of tacky tourist trash shopping to see what bargains I need. Coffee and cake at a nice cafe on the street and then biked it back to camp just before 5pm.
We have now also seen our neighbours from the Odemira site where Iain left my step. I am sure they have it so now need to manufacture a meeting and ask about said step – we will be walking past casually and trying to spot it again this evening.
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