Sherman, relaxing at the Burnt Corral Campground in Arizona. Photo taken February 24, 2015!
Where are Kevin and Ruth right now? Osgoode (Ottawa), Ontario, Canada.

Where are they going next? Barbados! Arrive on October 25th!

Tuesday, February 14, 2017

The campgrounds are busy!

Only about an hour's drive yesterday as we slowly headed down a mountain road towards Portugal's Algarve coast. We wanted to be somewhere close to Faro because we're picking up Ruth's cousin Helen and her husband Tony from Faro airport this morning.

We had a couple of campgrounds to check out in the hopes that they had decent bungalow accommodations available for Helen and Tony. Unlike last April when they visited us with Sherman in San Diego, we don't have room for them here to stay in Louis with us.

Heading down towards the coast...

Lots of curves.

Scenery along the way.

We stopped at a Lidl grocery store. Here's Louis in the free campervan parking. 
You can even stay overnight if you wish.

The campgrounds of the Algarve are quite busy. It seems they've been very much taken over by the French. We're not exactly sure why that is, but almost every campground is loaded with RV's that have mostly French licence plates.

The first place we stopped at was unimpressive. Units packed together like sardines. Strangely, it had good reviews online, but Glen and Steve weren't impressed either. We didn't stay.

We carried on to another one, but it only had eight sites and they were all full. We saw another larger campground and pulled in there. Not bad, but not great. However it'll do for the night and they have clean showers and great internet. Managed to get caught up on a lot of stuff. And the price was right at €9.60 per night.

This German fellow was proud to show off his car.

A two cylinder Citroen engine.

Didn't get any photos of the campground, and we were only there for the one night. All cleaned up now and ready to go pick up Helen and Tony.

We've decided to drive all the way to Salema Eco Camp where they have bungalows and campsites for rent. We don't have reservations so hopefully it will all work out!

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12 comments:

  1. Cute little car. But I've ridden in a Citroen with the two cylinder engine. Unless that sucker is blown or turbo charged, it can barely get out of its own way. So it "looks" cool. However...

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    1. Haha...you crack us up Bob! Love the comment that it can barely get out of it's own way. :-)

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  2. Looks like a very interesting car, and fun too drive.
    Good luck with a nice campground.

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    1. Yep, it would be fun to drive. I would imagine that he gets lots of looks when he drives around. A good conversation piece.

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  3. You will be glad to see a blue sky again!

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    1. Yes, it was nice to see some blue sky, however very, very wet overnight. We weren't sure we would get out of our site but Kevin took a quick and hard run back with Louis and we were free. Lots of mud!

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  4. Hope you find the perfect place and enjoy your time with friends and family!

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    1. We found a wonderful spot. So much so that we will stick around for at least 3 nights.

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  5. We heard that the reason French motorhomes are everywhere in Spain and Portugal this year is because French motorhome insurance was cancelled for Morocco, where they used to go. Morocco is a French speaking country, cheap, beautiful, good food so they used to go there for years. French Insurance companies got more conservative and cut Morocco off the countries they are insured in so they've congregated in southern Europe. As an aside, our German motorhome insurance does not cover us for Morocco either. Anyway, we're now in Tavira, Portugal in a campground for a night or two paying 9.90 euros a night. There are 130 motorhomes here and it's mostly filled with friendly French. "Bonjour" is more common than anything other language. Hope to catch up to you guys and meet your family and friends. Hugs, B&D

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    1. We have heard the same story about the insurance so I am sure that must be the reason. Also in Portugal you can usually get by with French because the Portuguese can usually speak French and or Spanish. Everyone at our park was friendly too, lots of smiles, bonjours and holas!

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  6. Will be interested how you got on in Salema eco campsite.

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    1. So far we like it but we aren't camping here, more to the story in today's post. Also today we will wander around the grounds here and take some pictures and give you the lowdown about it here, in tomorrow's post.

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