With the advent of covid 19 Spain and portugal have shut almost all aires and campsites. Wild camping is harder to do. As the restrictions ease, we think many will re-open. However, some will not! especially in Portugal, as it seems that they are trying to discourage Motorhomes , and encourage short term holidays. Daft in our opinion.
The motorhome and camper fraternity in both spain and portugal, has exploded in the last 5 years. wall to wall motorhomes in some towns. locals cant park by the beach or secluded spots. car parks are being over run, unoficial camping/parking every where. We can see why they are doing this. but perhaps the answer is the French connection. Aires. lets hope so
41.17866, -8.47154 https://goo.gl/maps/aqYEjcf1Pko
Large clearing in woods. Good for a night. would be much better but rubbish Spoils it a bit. New age Travelers were bagging it up. bless them. Grass on dirt parking. access road OK. most campers can go. Not far from Porto around 30k. absolutely dead quiet at night.
40.72986, -8.6488 Porto de Abrigo do Boco Harbor https://goo.gl/maps/Qww7p4ytfaL2
Porto de Abrigo do Boco Harbor One. of our favorite spots so far this Trip..Superb
39.91501, -8.95393 Praia de Pedregosa https://goo.gl/maps/RBFTCqK56EB2
nice beach plenty of sea front bars and restaurants. large car park campers tolerated. we did not stay overnight A little too noisy for us
39.88517, -8.95477 Pinhal do Pedrogao https://goo.gl/maps/Dd4CFvGfq6D2
Stopped here, instead of Praia Pedregoa. less noise, Aire has all waste dumps and water. its big. so no shortage of pace. we stopped across from it as it is less crowded. these co -ords will take you to our spot.
39.35616, -9.1569 Obidos castle Aire https://goo.gl/maps/dbEuPxdpi932
Nice little aire with easy access to Obidos Castle , dirt hard standing. Services, black and grey with water. Price is 6 euros a night. no one came while we were there. but there is a little shed with a box on it that says please put your money here. Tiny Aire 6/8 campers. limited shade but seems OK. Notice warning of not leaving anything of value in your vehicle. a little hard to do in a camper. we parked to see the castle but did not stop.
A very good Aire this one.. but no shade. all services. A stones throw from the Palace. The palace is well worth a visit. not expensive, 6 Euros, and half price for seniors. but you have to ask??
38.868, -9.44964 Cliffs near Praia do Magoito https://goo.gl/maps/HQyoUwNif1F2
parking in large rough car park on edge of cliffs. 100 foot drop to ocean. seems OK . but don’t try it in rough weather. its exposed. and on the very edge.The rest of car park is good but busy in summer. and very Rutted. Dead Quiet. We stayed 1 night.
38.78792, -9.37441 Sintra footy club Aire https://goo.gl/maps/txqLCWg3RSz
Rough and ready Aire with limited parking on the asphalt. but plenty on the rubble parking below, reasonably flat, but very rough surface . Has services alongside groundsman’s house. its 7 euros a night to include services. no longer 2 euros for services and 5 parking . its all one price. a bit steep for the actual parking. but all goes to footy club so a good cause. The bar is cheap, on site, and super friendly. Its about the only place you can park in Sintra with services.
cant say enough about this site except superb.jumped across to it yet again. normally we do it on our way into Portugal if we come that way. but it was only 30 miles from where we were. so had to be done.
38.44399, -7.38027 Monsaraz Castle https://goo.gl/maps/Qy3FWKuyQdr
This is one of Portugal’s superb castles. Small village and Templar church inside its walls. well worth a visit. 3 large car parks around. up on a hill. Room to park for night. no services I could see.
38.344, -7.38554 Aldeai de Luz https://goo.gl/maps/P5YG6e6r16z
The quietest place we have been in Portugal, or any where else for that matter, Like a Ghost town, Aire very good with full services but in full sun, So we did not stop overnight. 38 degrees when we got there.
The lakes are half a click away, and not right by the Aire. We ventured down to the waters edge. water looked inviting, but too many sunken objects to get trapped on. Whole Forests of dead trees some only a meter or two under the surface. Dams are some of the most Dangerous places to swim in Portugal. Some guy lost his life in one not far from here, two days before. Don’t be tempted, unless its a designated swimming area.
37.85097, -8.79206 Porto Covo https://goo.gl/maps/3HwhQJm3fdT2
This a great little town we have stayed here a few time over the years. Aire area is right next to almost every thing that goes on.
37.51999, -8.78623 Zambujeira https://goo.gl/maps/5Gknd7WxynE2
hard standing no services. good views no hassle from GNR..we stayed one night
37.31642, -8.80293 Ajezur https://goo.gl/maps/h5CcxnRbFN62
waste ground car park, by the river Wilding seems to be tolerated here. also across the road behind the restaurant. where we think you can dump, we stayed one night to visit the castle. which is a hell of a climb. but the views are spectacular
37.31644, -8.59232 Foia. Monchique https://goo.gl/maps/AaKvPHSini22
Wild camping at top of Agarves Highest piont. Cafe bar is open in summer, and part time winter. Toilets and spectacular views.
37.19312, -8.9025 Praia da Borderia https://goo.gl/maps/yrcRfMKPVwR2
plenty of parking for Mo- homes. Hillier than the map looks. Splendid views super beach. good place for kids to paddle in back waters. keep away from beech bar in the middle of the sand. 4 euros a beer. Rip off
37.00571, -8.94041 Sagres https://goo.gl/maps/LCtXoC3Liy42
Good place to park up. Campers Tolerated. plenty of beach and local bars and Restaurants. Aire of sorts.. Services.
37.11553, -8.67801 Lagos https://goo.gl/maps/EfsAzGXDNtB2
Parking at Footy ground . Small charge, was 5 euros when we were there . Services include dump. water and toilets, and showers I do believe now. Very Handy for town. Car park gets crowded footy and market days
Update: we hear that this place has been stopped, like many many camping spots in Portugal. We think in a moment after this covid crap. they are going to be crying out for tourists. well see
On Dirt/sand. open space no shade. very busy in winter. has water and dump. Nothing special aire wise. Around 7 euros a night. but the the location is superb. Alvor in our opinion is one of the very best places in Portugal. This Aire is slap bang almost next to the sea, and town. Long termers hog it in the winter. but you can normally get in. if not. Park on the lanes with palm trees next to it.There is a nice campsite (camping Alvor) further back as you come from the N125 but its around a mile to the center.
37.13447, -8.58997 Camping Alvor https://goo.gl/maps/Gexv5yJTuDP2
Used to be a good winter bargain. but prices climbing, Not a place to use in July and August as its expensive, Noisy overcrowd, wall to wall tents. you wake up to find them pitched all around mo home. cant move. Most pitches are sloping and the whole site is Hilly. bottom of the site, prone to flooding.
Prices up over a third since aiding and abetting with the Aires demise.
37.12652, -8.5224 Ferragudo https://goo.gl/maps/XKGMxXBNXjz
This is a strip of ground with no services within walking distance old The town. its unofficial. but camping was normally tolerated in the winter. however last year the GNR chucked everybody off as there were many vans. rubbish collecting. and waste dumping. went past this year. a few vans on it. so its a case of suck it and see.
Possible to wild camp here. in winter. no services. much nicer than the other one across town
37.10801, -8.35185 de Pera Campsite https://goo.gl/maps/fhbC72M8juB2
Popular in the winter good facilities and friendly staff. we stayed over Christmas to new year on our first trip, although we have passed it many times since, prices a little higher, but still the same good site. beware of bottom pitches as next to swampland and a good few mossies around at certain times of the year
37.07648, -8.2778 Wild Camp nr Albufiera https://goo.gl/maps/z4XcQ57XSJP2
Good spot Fabulous views. but rough terrain. Not many flat places. on cliff top . motor homes tolerated in small quantity’s in winter. . No services. good for a few nights. No good in poor weather.
37.16792, -8.20893 Fonte de Paderne https://goo.gl/maps/p48zAvCsmK52
The font itself , has space for around 15 campers crowded in..normally busy with long stayers in winter. water,waste and toilets available here, but you would have to hover on toilets, bit grim Better for waste dump.
Paderne is a great little village, and just recently won the award for best village in the algarve. bars.all very reasonable. beers from around a euro average has a fuel station but Fuel miles cheaper at intermarche in ferreiras marked yellow. on map. Its around 5 miles away.
bar to drink in is the Inish bar. The best restaurants to eat in for both quality and price, is zip zips, fish is superb, and Arcros ,excellent for everything
37.15646, -8.20972 Motorhome Friends https://goo.gl/maps/etgjvg1csoq
Closed July and August Nice little campsite this, with exceptionally friendly owners. open from 16/9 to 31/5 They have space for 21 motor homes and WiFi, shower, toilet, wash- and drying machine. They also offer a special car service for going to the supermarket, pharmacy or post office.. Advisable to book if you can as its extremely popular with the Dutch in the winter.
37.23197, -8.18065 Alte Cemetery, Wild camp https://goo.gl/maps/mprVnXH8pYL2
Road around cemetery, its unofficial. but good. No services, and not much shade. spectacular view points. Alte village is up the road 300 meters Good bars and restaurants. Spot is . very quiet at night. . busy in winter months but almost deserted in summer .
37.23681, -8.17298 Alte stop 2 https://goo.gl/maps/TpBm7FkauJN2