Date: 4th September 2019
Travelled: 71 kms from Armação de Pêra to Almancil, both in the Algarve
Visited: The villages of Alte and Salir in the Serra do Caldeirão
Stayed: Almancil private aire, + E. €12. N37.07468, W08.03386
Budget: 87 days @ €73 per day
After spending a quiet evening in the paid aire at Armação de Pêra, we decide to move on. It was very warm last night but the Hymer was comfortable and cool thanks to the AC. The beach and township of Armação have no appeal. The crowded apartment buildings and cheap beach shops all look a little tired. The beach is long and sandy, but crowded with what seems mostly local Portuguese holiday makers.
After our usual coffee and fruit we re-load the scooter, service the Hymer and pay our €12. The weather app tells us another hot one today, but we brave the heat driving north to explore the Serra do Caldeirão. Our guide book highlights two villages in the hills about 40 kms to our north.
Map of Inner Algarve, the icons on Alte and Salir
We set the GPS for Alte taking the no tollway option, the N roads. The road soon rises into the Serra do Caldeirão, a series of low hills to about 500m. It’s mostly cork trees and olive groves but as we climb the harsh scrub becomes more evident.
Alte is something of a postcard village, every building seems freshly whitewashed. No litter or graffiti it’s a credit to the locals.
We return to the Hymer via whatever shade we can muster. The mid-day sun and the fading breeze makes for an unpleasant combination. Once the Hymer is rolling west for Salir we thankfully create our own breeze.
Inside the museum, come tourist office, we wait for 5 minutes to ask the receptionist a question, whilst she chats to an old friend about her daughter’s boyfriend, who is obviously a cheating bastard. Eventually her friend departs and we step back up to the counter. Half way through me asking the question the phone rings, it’s her hairdresser with some gossip about something or other, so we walk back to the Hymer our question left unanswered
Finally back in the Hymer, we set off down the hill, the GPS set for Almancil and hopefully the beach and a swim. We pass a Lidl, stopping to do a quick shop, whilst enjoying their air-conditioning. Prawn salad is now on the menu for tonight.
Michael and Pam