Date: 7th September 2019
Travelled: 77 kms from Faro in Portugal to Ayamonte in Spain
Visited: Tavira and Ayamonte
Stayed: Ayamonte marina aire €11, all services. N37.21019, W07.40654
Budget: 90 days @ €72 per day
Whilst we (especially me) could have spent another day on the beach at Faro it was time to move. The scooter is loaded, the chairs away, the washing folded, we service the Hymer, wave au revoir to our French neighbours and roll out into the morning traffic. We have set the GPS for Tavira, near the Spanish border.
Map of Tavira, the icon on our parking spot
We have enjoyed our walk around Tavira, but it’s time to continue east. We set the GPS for a stop at Vila Real de Santo António, but it proves to be a large dusty car-park on the Rio Guadiana. Whilst there are 20 or more motorhomes in situ, it looks a bit ordinary. The Rio Guadiana provides the border between Portugal and Spain in the south.
Map of Ayamonte, marker on our parking spot
So we cross to the Spanish side of the Rio Guadiana to an aire on the marina in Ayamonte. Apart from paying an extra €2 we have a lovely view of the marina, parked on concrete rather than dirt and have the place to ourselves until a Scottish couple arrive later in the day.
We go for an early evening walk around Ayamonte. Finding a little bar to sit down and watch the locals walking into the centro for the festival.
Our exploration of Portugal is now complete, so a couple of statistics. We have travelled 2387 kms (excluding the scooter) in Portugal, stopping overnight in 26 different villages, towns and cities over 34 days. No rain and only the odd cloud in the late afternoon. A very motorhome friendly country !
Michael and Pam