The Portuguese have a long experience of packing sardines and when it comes to packing caravans and motorhomes they make good use of that reputation.
Touriscampo is an ACSI site, beside the N125 just to the west of Lagos (GPS 37.10104º -8.73224º), and charges €15 per night with 6 amp hook up (Good wi-fi is €2 extra per day). There are loads of facilities including a bar, restaurant and shop and as we had been on aires and wilding for some time we fancied having a few more facilities for a while.
After the peace and tranquility of our lake it was a bit of a shock to see so many outfits crammed close together on small pitches as we walked the site looking for a pitch. Right at the top of the site we found several suitable looking pitches that weren’t too crowded in and returned to reception to tell them our choice.
We spent four relaxing days on the site which seemed to be mostly populated by Brits. The staff in reception and the restaurant were excellent, friendly and spoke very good English but those big sites are not our ‘sort of thing’ so on Sunday morning we left to explore a little further east.
It was our intention to park at a spot I had heard of, overlooking the sea for a night, then move on to a second similar spot.
When we arrived at Praia da Marinha the car park was closed off and local police were in attendance. We later heard that VW were launching a new car there and had taken over the car park for several weeks.
Although there were lots of MoHo’s parked up in the dunes behind, we really wanted the close view of the sea from the car park so we turned around and headed to our next favoured spot.
Our first holiday in Portugal, something over 20 years before, had been at Hotel Viking, situated on a cliff top overlooking the sea and the lovely little chapel of Senhora da Rocha. In those days there was little development around the area and there was plenty of space to park on the cliff top. This time we were shocked to find the whole area built up with blocks of apartments, restaurants and paved car park with little access for motorhomes. There was a small rough piece of ground with nice sea views but the only flat piece was taken up by another motorhome and as the police might take exception to us using levelling blocks, accusing us of the dreaded ‘camping’ rather than just ‘parking’ we retreated towards option No 3.