Touring Portugal first time

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  1. Manny

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    Hello
    Decided to go to portugal this September for 6 weeks, we have been going to Spain twice a year and need to spread our wings and do some touring which is what we set out to do but found a site with nice people facility's and just ended up not moving
    So here we go
    Would be great to hear from people about decent sites round algarve are
    We will be traveling down through Spain to Seville the cross into portugal
    Then traveling back up through portugal
    Ant tips etc would be much appreciated
    Manny
     
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    What sort of site do you want?

    How do you define "decent"?

    JJ :cool:
     
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    We are off to Portugal in September as well. My starting point for planning was the Rough Guide to Portugal. It has several pages of "highlights" from which I chose the places we wanted to see and then with a couple of campsite books and the ACSI book plotted out a route. I haven't put dates on anything as it is very weather dependant - if it is wet we will skip the places in the North and head south.
     
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    We toured the Algarve this January and February, the ACCI campsites are quite good but the aires are better and a lot cheaper and usually closer to the towns than the campsites. There is no need to use any payage motorway as the roads are reasonable along as you do not drive to fast. Wild camping is also possible at quite a few places.
     
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    We enjoyed our time at the Chicken Run as well.

    We stayed at
    Parque Campismo Ria Formosa Unipessoal Lda
    Quinta da Gomeira – Cabanas de Tavira
    8800-591
    Portugal

    Site is clean and quiet, not to far from the beach and local restauarants, close to the train station. That railway runs along the Algarve.

    Pedro's also gets great reports but I dont have a link for them.

    Hope this helps (y)
     
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    Good stuff
    Many thanks for your input, I think we will make the rio Formosa our first camp site when we arrive in portugal via Seville
    Cheers Mark
    Devon beekeeper I think you will have a great time
    I've used airs in France before, are the ones in Spain similar ?
    Is they a book of the locations ?
    Thanks again
    Manny
     
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    Hi,
    We are planning to go in October for six weeks just sorting out phones and wifi. Ordered the books and maps as above post. Can I ask which sim are you taking for your phone and are you bothering with wifi boosters etc?
    Dennis
     
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    Thanks mike
    I have just ordered the airs book for Portugal
    Every thing seems to be falling into place
    Can't wait to for tue saint malo here we come
    Big thanks for for tips n advice
     
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    Hoping to head into Portugal from Santander early october....ready now though.BUSBY:):)
     
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    Aires and campsites we used in the spring and can recommend

    Palencia Aire.. 25 marked out decent size spaces about 2hrs drive from Santander
    Camping Regio Salamanca.. there is an hourly bus into town and it comes right into the campsite ACSI
    Caceres Aire.. arrive early to get into the aire but there is plenty of overspill great medieval town
    Gelves Aire.. on a Marina 15 euros bus into seville 200yds
    Silves Aire..http://www.campercontact.com/campersite/detail/id/24442
    Portimao http://www.campercontact.com/campersite/detail/id/11427

    John
     
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    For coms
    I'm hoping to use wiifi only
    Where and when possible
    Hope we get good weather
    Can't wait to leave these shores
     
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    No help I'm afraid, I will be taking my EuropaSIM but they are no longer available for new customers. Where this doesn't work I will use my O2 mobile as a hotspot. This is OK for checking emails but not for general browsing.
    Never bothered with a WiFi booster as too many sites charge a fortune for their WiFi in my experience, although others seem to get on with them.
     
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    Looks like we are in limbo land with the sim card. All the deals seem to be suspended pending the new EU directive to end roaming charges next year. Will check out the payg sim card deals when in Portugal at the local shops. Pity Three don't do Portugal yet.
    I'm with Virgin and they want an arm and a leg for data.
     
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    When we first went to Portugal many years ago we were a bit surprised at how bad some of the roads were for potholes ect, it now seems the roads here are just as bad. What's happened?
     
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