Van Life In Portugal.
We stayed in our spot for a few nights at Barragem de Santa Clara to have a good break from the many miles of driving. A beautiful place, so very peaceful. It was just the break that we needed. We even did some cycling to the picturesque village of Santa Clara.
We met up with our friend Mandy, who had found us from our blog.
On our travels, we met some realy lovely people all living in their vans too.
In the evenings, we sat around camp fires chatting to our new friends and drinking wine. People from Denmark, Portugal, Holland and… Scotland!
In the daytime, we soaked up the sun, and I went swimming in the Lake. We washed our clothes and bed linnen in the lake too. They were dry within a couple of hours!
We tried new foods – figs stuffed with almonds and cinnamon and we ate the fruit from the tree next to us! Lovely!
Back to the Algarve
Mandy had a friend in the Algarve who’d like to meet us!
We bid farewell to our new friends, and made our way back towards the Algarve. Looking down the other side of the barragem (dam) was like looking out of an aeroplane!
We passed some stunning scenery. Portugal is beautiful and my photography skills just don’t do it any justice at all.
We’d heard of a beach, Porto de Mos, that is surrounded by huge cliffs and is supposed to be stunning. We headed straight there.
Now, this is a hard life. Hot sun (though not according to the locals!), gorgeous sand, beautiful sea and…
Yeah, sunburn. The lobster on the right didn’t wear sun cream.
The beach was stunning. I can see why people flock to the Algarve! The massive bonus being that this beach was free from people at this time of year!
We headed out of town in search of a good overnight spot.
On the road out of Lagos, towards Vale de Lama, quite by chance we found a perfect lay-by. It was on a quiet road, level and we were pointing the right way for satellite internet.
Now we’d found our perfect beach, we spent most of the weekend soaking up some sun and swimming in the sea.
And me, well, I just went from one shade of red to another!
I had a good long swim. Mainly because the tide came in and cut off the beach I’d walked to. So I swam back and found Kirsty still sunning herself. As you do.
Kirsty did get her feet wet at one point though. Local lunatic, take three.
A True Inspiration
After the exchange of a few emails, we met up with Mandy’s friend, Michaela.
We spent a couple of afternoons with Michaela on the beach learning all sorts of spiritual things – really interesting. Spending time with her was brilliant. We learned all about how she took off in a camper by herself into the Australian Outback to get her health back. Amazing, a true inspiration.
Cannot forget to mention the new fruit Michaela brought for us to try – Annona. Better known as custard apples! As delicious as they were, I wasn’t sad enough to take a photo of one. We did however go and buy a load of them afterwards!
Time to move on…
We’ve stayed in and around Lagos for three days now and loved it. Each night we’ve returned to our lay-by, undisturbed.
The driving over here has gone well so far, with only one instance of driving up a road on the left hand side followed by going the wrong way around a roundabout. You also can’t turn left off a road with double white lines along it, apparently! Other drivers have been very patient so far, and none have died as yet.
It’s now time to move on and see some more of Portugal.
Where next? Who knows, but there’ll be a blog post coming up very soon! Stay tuned.
Obrigado pelo amor 🙂
Rich & Kirsty