Silves Parking.

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  1. JJ

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    I was parked at the Praia Da Rocha Marina this Wednesday (rather expensive at €2.50 per day) when news came via the Algarve Motorhomers' Grapevine that the GNR (National Police) had swooped on the carpark at Silves and moved all the motorhomes off it.

    This happened last year as well.

    This does not seem to make any sense to us peasants not "in the know" because the local council and mayor are happy to have the vanners here, as are the local traders.

    I strongly suspect this event was little to do with the motorhomers and much more to do with some muscle flexing between the council, local police and the GNR.

    Anyhow.

    I have always maintained that after these "clear outs" everything will return to normal and, in order to test my theory, I have driven the 20 kms to Silves this afternoon and guess what?

    I am peacefully parked (within the white lines) along with 30 or so other motorhomers, just as usual.

    I promise that, if the GNR come along now and move me on, I will take pictures and post them on here simply to bring great joy and happiness to many, many Funsters who disapprove of all us freeloading tossers!!!!

    Meanwhile I have texted Geordie Billy and Irish John about the situation and I expect them to pull in forthwith.

    JJ :cool:
     
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    €2.50 a day your splashing out
     
  3. JJ

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    I saved quite a few euros by bottling out and not driving to Barcelona for the Messi-Hart Show...


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    I have nothing against freeloading tossers JJ.. good luck to you I say :)
    .. personally I prefer to pay €10 for a site or camper stop, get a peaceful nights rest.. a place to sit out with a table and enjoy a barbie..
    and no GNR breathing down my neck...


    but each to their own.. :D(y)
     
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  5. JJ

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    They have never troubled me Jim...

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    Bet my lad spent a fortune 99 euro ticket + flights and a drive from Longridge to Luton plus beer etc money well spent
     
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    He will always be able to say...

    "I was there..."

    Respect.

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    yet.. :LOL:
     
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    They wouldn't bloody Dare JJ, I reckon your people and their people fraternise.......
     
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    we have done more wild-camping in Portugal than anywhere else ---never had problems with GNR----------I suppose it depends where and how you wild camp-----we have spent most time away from the beach.
     
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    Silves car park..............wild camping ????:rofl:
     
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    Yes, we have visited Silves-----we have been since the '80s-----God, how it has changed----we first stopped on the spot by the river when it was all a gravel area for the market-----when the 'locals' used to come with their donkeys and carts and sell all sorts of livestock etc. etc.
    Silves car-park is what we would class as a 'free aire' not wild camping.
    We have recently stopped there overnight to go to the Sat. market-------but even that has changed over the years----thats progress.
     
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    Hi JJ,
    Can confirm that there are mucho motorhomes at the carpark in Silves today.
    We took the cowardly option and are currently staying at the Motorhome Park just down the road.
    Never been here to Silves before and the town looks quite interesting.. (Admittedly, after being less than blown over with Portugal on the way westward from Spain! Nevertheless, we are determined to explore the country as fully as possible and make our decision at the end.)

    Bumped into -mhablando metaphorically that is - Timetraveller near Albufeira. And thats after bumping into them at Manilva last month too. Jeeez!
     
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    I think it's more to do with the GNR having a go at the council TBH than the motorhomers. There is at least one 'Naysayer' on the council and reading between the lines of what was reported last year leads me to seriously wonder if her brother or lover eg has some clout in the GNR ........

    Have to say, though it's a carpark - so are many 'official' aires in all countries that have them that look like that. And the MHers main attraction to the town and the townspeople is the dosh they bring into it and spend there, cos times are hard in Portugal. Most of them would be willing to pay something to use a borne too. If you ask at many tourist offices Where can I park to visit your town/village/area? you generally get the answer Park anywhere sensible - just come! PLEEEEASE.
     
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    Off thread a little JJ, but has it stopped raining in Portugal yet :D.
     
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    Well... I know exactly where you stay in Cabanas sir and I know where exactly I am staying today and I know which place I prefer! ;)

    For the record, I don't "camp" in my motorhome... I LIVE in it.

    JJ :cool:
     
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    You should get better bait than that when you go fishing if you want to catch me, Mr Dave. ;)

    The very best thing about the weather here is that it is NOT in Benidorm! :restmycase:



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    I suspect you might have only visited the Algarve so far...

    The Algarve is NOT real Portugal.

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    As do we, but obviously in a different fashion:)......each to his own.:D
     
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