Suggestions for Portugal Sites Please

Discussion in 'Portugal' started by peter21, Feb 1, 2016.

  1. peter21

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    Hi All
    We are heading south next week in the general direction of Portugal/Southern Spain. It will be our first visit to Portugal and would be grateful for recommendations for sites or aires for a biggish motorhome, 8.9 metres. And some feedback on current temperatures down there at the moment...hoping its hotter than Cumbria ;-)...We prefer the smaller, rural, stops. Thanks in advance..Peter
     
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  2. Cossieg

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    It's very nice at the moment, sunny and warm. Issue you may have is that there appears to be many more motorhomers on the Algarve than pitches! Places seem to be very full! Not sure what's changed!
     
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    It's loverly in southern Spain just now marrer(y)
     
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    Masses of French vans all over the algarve at the moment. I am in manta rota and out of around 140 vans over 120 are French. Similar story at Castro marim, altura and villa real.
     
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    Thanks all. Anyone know if inland/mid/north Portugal sites are also pretty full?
     
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    Spain is kinda full as well! !!
     
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    I think many of the French are steering clear of Morocco this year because of all the problems with ISIS . Mind you I have found Morocco to be possibly the safety Muslim country in Africa.
     
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    We will be watching this post with a vested interest as we were/are planning on heading south from Benidorm towards Portugal. Somewhat daunted by how busy it appears to be, at least we now know where all the French are as little sign on any in Beni.

    Is the trend for the sites to be busy or camperstops/aires?
     
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    There are quiet places even now.

    Soon the hoards will head north.

    Back to normal then.

    Am watching the weather apps daily. As soon as the temperature becomes acceptable (20ish) I will be parked again in my small orchard (Quinta Majay) just off the IC8 near Pedrogão Grande.

    (Most) Visitors welcome.

    Bring pies.

    JJ :cool:
     
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    Try Camperstop Messines, we are staying there at the moment and have been for the last five weeks. Very rural, always has places as the campers are coming and going every day. There are facilities here but no electric. Gennies can be run for two hours in the evening to top up batteries should it be a cloudy day. The weather has been on and off since Christmas, but it has turned and is lovely and sunny sometimes too hot for me to sit out in. You will not have problems with the size of your van on site but you may have to shunt over the bridge at the entrance. There are a few MHFun members here plus some Dutch, not a big site, which is lovely, for us anyway and the Dutch owners couldn't be more helpful.

    Have a safe journey down.

    Nigel and Pamala
     
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    Not sure about whether they are busy, but you take your chances on the weather, that's why most are in the Algarve at this time of year.
     
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    Stopped in at Monte Gordo site today, checking for a pitch for a friend, and was told they were full!

    Lots of vans moving on the N125, have to say most were French.
     
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    @peter21 Do you want to visit anywhere on the way down or just "blast on" and what route are you planning.

    Martin
     
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    We are here www.campingasseiceira.com/en/newindex.htm and have been for several weeks now, most of that time it's been just us. Great location and village close by. We're 9.8m so no problem with size.
    Shawn.
     
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    Just had a look at your link and it looks just fab.
    A few more weeks and we will be heading that way......cant wait.

    Richard.
     
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    Hi Martin
    We would like to explore Portugal as we go, weather permitting!
    We are taking the ferry to Caen, heading down non-toll the west side of France, stopping at 2 or 3 aires en route. Once we hit Spain we'll turn right and head towards north Portugal, maybe taking in Santiago de Compostela, then work down Portugal.
    However, if there is a bad forecast for the west coast of Portugal, there will be strong pressure from the co-pilot for a quick dash to the mediterranean coast of Spain.
    We don't route plan in great detail but have a few favourite aires...Capbreton is great, it'll be low season now and no services but fine for a stop over. A good riverside aire we discovered last year is at La Suze-sur-Sarthe, just south of Le Mans. We are not so familiar with Spanish aires and would love to get some recommendations for safe stopovers in N. Spain.
     
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    Hi Shawn..It looks good...thanks.
    What sort of temperatures are you getting at the moment?
     
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    Hi Peter

    I think you have seen my thread "to Spain without tolls" so I won't list those all again, last year we headed straight for the Med coast so started from San Sebastián and the up to Pamplona and then Zaragoza and followed the A23 we stopped after about 300 miles at a campsite in Navajas (camping Altomera) but the pitches are not massive and a fair few of them have the steel frames over for adding shade in the summer, if you are over 3.3 metres you will have to watch the height, it's also steeply terraced but a nice place once you get in. Otherwise if you want a stop before this I would ask at one of the large service stations as they are in the middle of nowhere.

    If you are anywhere near Seville the Areas Autocaravanas in my other thread is dead easy to get to and any size of vehicle, then you just turn right for the Algarve.

    Sorry should have added can't help with Portugal as not been yet.

    Martin
     
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    Hi @Sundowners how much longer are you there for.

    Martin
     
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