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Not been to Portugal before so intend going on way back from Spain. Suggested to me that Albufiera is an ideal place to see the Algarve area - is Albufiera really the "Blackpool" of Portugal? I see there are 3 sites around there and wonder if anyone has any recommendations for them.

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Turiscampo near Lagos would be our choice, have been to Albufiera and while it an ok site it wasn't for us

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Camping Albufiera is a good site with a nice bar/restaurant. The town is a lovely place with a great beach. (No it's not like Blackpool).

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Another vote for Turiscampo here. Excellent site and Lagos is very pleasant with some immaculate beaches nearby (if that is your "bag.").Also,the more rugged,and beautiful,W coast is within easy reach with Odaxceise worth a visit. Monte Clerigo on that coast is also stunning for its views and immaculate beach. Very quiet too,except for surfers.

Lagos itself has many good restaurants including Adega de Marina (garlic prawns,grilled Sea Bass plus wine at a ridiculously cheap price).

Our round trip does Portugal first followed by S Spain as the drive from Bilbao is straightforward (with a stay at Salamanca).

Portuguese tolls are "interesting" but you can buy passes on major border routes. Tolls are then deducted using ANPR system. Confusingly this didn't used to apply to all toll roads(!) but I believe that is either rationalised or due to be.

Hope this helps. We love Portugal.

PS Turiscampo has some super pitches available,for a supplement,if you want to be lazy.

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Can't comment on sites but Albufeira is nothing like portugal!

There is one road "the strip" whre in high season you will get the 18/30 crowd but the main town a mile ro so away has lots of much more regular bars/restaurants/clubs and such.

 

Out of season I would imagine it to be pretty quiet aswell

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First time we stopped on Camping Albufeira - but not for us I am afraid - the town is too busy, too loud and too English

We now stop further down at Campin Ria de Formosa just outside Tavira. However we have had good reports about the site at Lagos. Would avoid the Municipal sites !!!

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thanks for all the replies - will sort out shortly when we decide how long to stay in Portugal. Thanks again.

 

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Whether you go for Albufeira or not (it's a matter of personal taste) I would strongly recommend you try travelling north through Portugal for your trip home. A fascinating country with so much to see.


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Whether you go for Albufeira or not (it's a matter of personal taste) I would strongly recommend you try travelling north through Portugal for your trip home. A fascinating country with so much to see.

Agree totally. Porto area is excellent,including alongside the Duoro. If you decide to do that journey North,São Pedro da Moel has a decent site and is a very pleasant seaside town. Hardly commercialised at all. Further North,the landscape is rugged and very different from S Portugal.

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Alvor site is ok and a nice easy walk into the town. We briefly visited Camping Canelas in Armacao de Pera but it was a bit grotty so we turned around in the car park and came to Alvor. We've also driven along in the car to see the site at Espiche - gorgeous tiled bathrooms and we may move onto there from Alvor.

Interested to hear positive comments about Tavira from JohnRuss. Friends are on their way there at the mo, through France, so I think we're planning to join them some time in Feb

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All the sites I have looked in the Algarve seem to have just a wifi area around the bar or similar - anyone know one that has wifi on the actual pitches?

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Turiscampo does but it's chargeable.

Also its a bit variable according to where you are, I have often had to go down to the "shed" by reception

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Also its a bit variable according to where you are, I have often had to go down to the "shed" by reception

Yes,that's true.

Orbitur sites have free wi fi but it is only available inside the admin/restaurant buildings. ...but,given that chain,you now need to be very careful with site choice.

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Ria Formosa has free wifi and we can pick it up in our van.

 

Stephanie Jane - hope your friends arrive safely, have they stopped on the site before ? Would recommend it for many reasons, it is spotlessly clean, staff are brilliant, on site restaurant very good food and prices, small supermarket on site which sells basics and newspapers etc. We love the site. Unfortunately, not overstaying the winter there this year, but making a flying visit by air beginning of February - cant wait to meet up with everyone there.

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Ria Formosa has free wifi and we can pick it up in our van.

 

Stephanie Jane - hope your friends arrive safely, have they stopped on the site before ? Would recommend it for many reasons, it is spotlessly clean, staff are brilliant, on site restaurant very good food and prices, small supermarket on site which sells basics and newspapers etc. We love the site.

 

 

Well worth considering. Tavira is a lovely town. Excellent choice of restaurants there.

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Thanks JohnRuss, I think our friends have been there before but it will be new to us.

 

ivan leslie: there's free wifi on the pitches here at Camping Alvor and the signal's pretty good except for early evening (about 5 through 7) when it gets sloooow.

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We were very surprised at how good Camping Albuferia was and there is an absolutely knockout restaurant hidden away just outside the site. Food lovely and a huge wine list and cellar that apparently is only 3 months' stock. Avoid the touristy bits and stick to the old town which is within walking distance and you won't go wrong.

Enjoy every minute of every day. It doesn't last nearly as long as you'd like, and there's no guarantee of coming this way again.

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