Spain Or Portugal ?

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  1. Tosan

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    Hi Folks
    We're currently on the Marbou Aire in France :))
    So what do you all recommend
    Spain or Portugal
    We have never been to either so a novice on these countries
    We fancy both and can't decide :(
    Also what's northern Portugal like as not sure how far we can get
    We have to be back in Calais on the 19th June
    Recommendations of where to go and Stop would be most appreciated.
    Thanks in advance
    From us
    Tosan
    Otherwise known as
    Tony & Sandra

    Ps it's raining here if it makes you all at home feel better :)
     
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  2. Scattycat

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    Do both.
    Drive through France, do a bit of Spain and then head to Portugal.
    The Algarve is good. The northern west coast of Spain is a bit industrial for me
     
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  3. keith

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    Agree do both then you will decide for yourself.

    North Western Spain, Costa Verde, is said to be beautiful around Finistere, one day we will make it. It always rains when we try.
     
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  4. Nik

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    Porto is a must for at least 3 days to get around all the port houses. Hic! Kopke was our favourite although we drank the most at Sandeman. Oh the city's beautiful too.
    Enjoy.
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    Along the Northern cost & into Portugal if you fancy;)
     
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  6. Forestboy

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    Dont bother with either you could be in Italy in just over day and its far nicer than Portugal or Spain. :)(y) Once visited everywhere else is second best.
     
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    Is Italy very expensive? Forestboy, I hope you're going to say it isn't.

    Portugal and Spain are both cheap - even if you stay on acsi campsites, rather than aires. We recently spent 4 weeks in Spain and Portugal. Tosan, I think you could do both easily in the time you've got. The driving's very easy, roads are good and there's not a lot of traffic.
     
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  8. Gazza333

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    Where did u stay to visit Porto please @Nik
     
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  9. Bertie Bassett

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    What Scatty said....at Euro 1.39 (roughly) to the £ either is good to go...However what Forestboy says about Italy has much merit though it is more expensive it's a place you will never forget and always want to return to! (Talking about the North never been south of Rome....yet.)(y)
    Like the Portuguese though..........................super laid back, like on the opposite of steroids:D
     
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  10. Tosan

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    Thanks everyone
    Decision Decision !
    Italy might be better in August when we come back
    So if we do Spain & Portugal which route which first Portugal or Spain ?????
     
  11. MikeD

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    Portugal. I loved Portugal :)

    Lovely country, lovely people. (y)
     
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  12. vwalan

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    you have to go through spain to drive to portugal .
    go across the top of spain and follow the coast .turn left at the end . hee hee
     
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  13. Bertie Bassett

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    The route...for me down through Western Spain via Salamanca on free and very fast dual carriageway. Take your choice thereafter.........left, right or wherever. Enjoy and Good Luck!!(y) (Have a look at Devonbeekeepers thread about his most recent visit. A brilliant and up to date take on Spain) (y)(y)
     
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  14. Forestboy

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    Italy camping is no more expensive than anywhere else in Europe we use ACSI and Bordatlas. Currently camped in a beautiful forest campsite 20 yds from the beach on Lake Garda about 2 miles north of Peschiera 15 euros a night. Off to Florence Pisa and Lucca tomorrow got tickets for the Uffizi for Friday. Some rest tidy van do some laundry then 4 days at MotoGP at Mugello. Had a fantastic meal today in a little restaurant on the edge of Garda in Malcesine the most idyllic setting you can imagine 30 euros for 2. Drinks, salad, tagliatelle and 3 different fish skewers, superb and all freshly cooked while we waited.
    Go to Italy if you dare but prepare to fall in love.:):)
     
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  15. matamoros

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    Difficult to get to Portugal without going through Spain :)...............sorry couldn't resist!

    Northern Spain can be beautiful this time of year but can also be wet. We have always used sites so cannot advise on aires etc but do as vwalan says..........beat me to it!!
     
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  16. vwalan

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    forget driving fast go slow follow the coast on nroads and even smaller ones . have a great adventure .
    i never use sites so just free camp the whole way.
    there are aires but they arent where we want to stop.
     
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    I really liked Porto. but my better halve did not like the hills.
     
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    Have to agree with @Forestboy our first time in Italy (apart from a package hol to sardinia 30 yrs ago) and don't want to leave. Plenty ACSI sites, fabulous food, fabulous weather here in pescheria del garda. Off to Verona tomorrow, lake maggiore Thursday. We are now hooked on the place. Back next spring.
     
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    Portugal is beautiful & so cheap to eat out if you can find where the locals go.
     
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  20. Nik

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    Hi Gazza.
    At that time I didn't have a motorhome but was touring Spain and Portugal on my Moto Guzzi so was staying in hotels. Will go back sometime in our MoHo though.
    best regards.
    Nik
     
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