Along the Algarve Coast .. then on to Spain!
One of our previous customer's featured here
has taken their new Chausson 640 Titanium motorhome
for a tour around the Algarve.
They have been sharing with us their experience, we thought it would be good to share with you, to show the possibilities!
ALONG THE ALGARVE COAST : SILVES-CARVOElRO-MARINHA-GALE
Skies have now been blue & clear for the last fortnight since we left ALVOR
, as we hop along the Algarve coast, discovering its history and its beautiful 100 million year old geographic coastline. With its many sandy beaches and one of the world best rated beach at Marinha.
First we stopped at Silves
having a short stopover to visit the old Moors Castle
. Moving onto a a quirky hippy camp amongst shacks and bushy gardens above Carvoeiro town
. A few days here walking the cliffs and sight seeing in the local tourist town.
we Wild Camped above the beach and its wonderous shaped eroded cliffs and rocks.
Further along the coast just 4 miles west of Albufeira we found a lovely friendly campsite, Parque da Gale
close to endless beaches and coves, where we relaxed and chilled out, with a lovely cooling breeze coming off the Atlantic. A good day trip to the Albufeira historical part of the old town, a lovely fish meal and then completed by a sailing trip along the beautiful coastline on the MARA CAT taking in the many coves and the spectacular Cave at Benagil
UPDATED 4TH JULY 2019
FROM THE WILD ATLANTIC TO THE WARM MEDITERRANEAN : La Istela-Cartagena-Altea-Calpe-Xabia
Leaving Portugal, temperatures rise so we aborted Malaga & Cordoba and a stop over in the beautiful National Park near Almeria above the beach at the lovely and remount hamlet of Ia Isleta.
Moving on we spend a very different night in a local petrol station in Cartagena but very convenient with a short walk into the town and the port. We headed for the tourist office, only to be told that all tourist sites were now closed for 2 months for holidays. So what do the tourist do in summer ?? We still managed to visit the Roman Theatre and the lovely street architecture, well worth the visit.
Taking the high road well away Benidorm
we travelled to the historic town of ALTEA
, with its modern beach resort, and slightly further away we camped in the suburbs of ALBIR
(the cheaper end). From here we were able to cycle to the delightful beautiful old town with its church perched on top of the hill, and to its headland to get great views along the coast of Costa Blanca
. Now you can't go to Costa Blanca without taking in the Sun, Sand & Sea.
Taking ourselves to a cheap'o camp site at Calpe
we spent a sun tanning week both on the beach and walking much of the coastal paths taking in the coves and small marinas. We were also delighted by the paella cooked up by Rodriguez, the camp owner at 2 euros, amazing. Now we could of stayed much longer in Calpe but we like to save the best to last, so we moved onto our favourite camp site in Xabia for this is our Holiday time after the touring.
Not to be disappointed Javea Camping had extensively modified into a 5 star pool where we could relax in the whirlpools and recover from all that cycling. We manage a couple of long cycle rides (23 miles) taking in the amazing coastal view points and a hairy ride up to Montgo Mountain
. Crazy, amazing, lunatic the only way you could describe Xabia 10 day festival of San Joan with Bull running, massive street parties, fire jumping, furniture bonfire, crazy street fireworks, burning of towering art work figures and huge fireworks display, all finished off with music band/disco to 5 a.m in the morning. Could you sleep through this ????
Time to work our way home its been a wonderful 2019 tour.
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