Date: 20-23 August 2019
Travelled: 122 kms from Coimbra in the Beira to Alcobaça in the Province of Estremadura
Visited: Conimbriga, Nazaré and Alcobaça
Stayed: Alcobaça municipal aire, free + E. N39.55296, W08.97788
Budget: 75 days @ €76 per day
Having found a Lidl on our way out of Coimbra, we turn for Conimbriga. Our guide book details the ruins of a Roman town and museum, so 15 kms later we drive in the car-park and find some shade under a tree.
It’s another hot afternoon and there is little breeze to temper the heat. So it’s big hats again as we pay our entry fee (€2.25pp) and follow the signs to the ruins.
Map of Conimbriga, the icon on our parking spot
We sit in the shade pondering our next stop. The guide book recommends visiting Batalha for its monastery, but the overnight stops are limited. The alternate is Alcobaça which has an excellent free aire, with electricity. Pam decides on the obvious.
So after 10 days touring the province of Beira we cross into the province of Estremadura, which isn’t as easy to spell unfortunately.
Map of Alcobaça, the icon on our parking spot
An hour later we arrive in Alcobaça to find Police controlling the round-about. We say we want to go to the aire, he tells us the road is closed until 9pm for a cycle race. So we stop in a shaded spot and re-group. The breeze has picked up and the temperature drops a little over the next hour or so. There is another parking spot at the other end of town so we head up there and spend a quiet and uneventful evening.
First thing in the morning we scout a laundromat and jag the best parking spot in the aire, connect to power and turn on the A/C. We get a load of washing done, before going for a walk around Alcobaça.
It’s late afternoon and still very warm, we decide we’ve seen enough for today, settle into a little cafe for a drink before making our way back to the Hymer and the A/C.
We see another GB plated motorhome and find we’re parked next to Michael and Vanessa from Devon, so we spend the next hour or so discussing motorhoming and life in general.
The weather app tells us we have another mid 30’s day ahead, so we decide to stay put with the Hymer in the shade. We look at our options for today and decide to unload the scooter and ride the 12 kms to the beach in Nazaré.
Map of Nazaré.
Our plans for a swim didn’t eventuate, there’s a harsh shore break and the water’s cold which explains why no one is in swimming. We don’t really care, we enjoyed the walk along the beach in any case. Just a little trivia, the highest breaking waves every recorded have been off Nazaré.
We have a booking for lunch, so we scooter back to Alcobaça for a shower.
Lunch was excellent and good value for this class of restaurant, less than €50 including two rounds of drinks.
Obviously we were only good for a nap after lunch, however we re-appeared for drinks with Michael and Vanessa until the sun had disappeared on another day in Alcobaça.
Another hot day ahead. We have started planning for Lisbon and but don’t want to be there until Monday, so another day in the shade makes sense. Well that’s our excuse anyway.
After a second coffee and lunch we decide to return to the Mosteiro de Santa Maria and tour the monastery (€3pp). We visited the huge church that divides the complex a couple of days ago. But given monastery is World Heritage listed we should have a look.
We have a final drink with Michael and Vanessa before checking the weather app. A cool change is coming though and the temperatures are down to the high 20s tomorrow. So no more excuses we’ll continue south in the morning.
Michael and Pam