From Lisbon we headed down the coast to Sagres, the most South Western point of Europe. From the rugged landscape it’s easy to see why it was once thought of as the end of the world.
We had a great campsite here at a new euro low of 11.80 per night. If it weren’t for the roosters crowing through the night, the geese honking all the time and the 6 or more cats roaming around it’d be perfect.
We decided to have a drive along the coast and ended up staying in Praia De Luz for a couple of nights. We noted a lot of British people around suddenly and eventually realised this was the town where Madeline McCann was abducted years ago.
The town itself was pretty quiet this time of year but was a good base to explore the coast.
The chef has a visitor’s book (we 1st Kiwis) that he gets tourists to write something in ‘their language’ so here was our effort.
It was really close to have a day trip to Lagos, a bigger but pretty laid back fishing town. We had fun wandering around here and spending time on its beach. We’re getting through lots of books on our kindles with all this beach time.
Further along the coast was Albufeira, a resort town that very clearly caters mainly for the influx of English tourists they have each summer. Every cafe has an English breakfast on the menu and many are English themed, football on TV etc. We planned to stay round here several nights but it was all a bit much for us, we felt like we were back in London so after one night decided to return to Sagres for the remainder of our time in Portugal.
These were some other classic vehicles.
There’s something special about Sagres, the landscape is rocky and feels isolated, then you have the huge cliffs and great beaches. First time we’ve returned anywhere on our trip so far which says a lot.
The Goo loved being out in the sea air too.
One thing that surprised us was the amount of people fishing from the cliffs each day, no matter the weather. Matt read about it and apparently at least 2 people die each year fishing here, no wonder the way they clamber over the rocks so close to the edge, dropping the lines 70 metres before they hit the water.
A night out for dinner proved a great idea when our meals came to the table, especially Matt’s choice which was a yummy pork, clam and potato dish. We had such a good (and very cost effective meal) that we returned 2 nights later.
Our last day here was unfortunately overcast and wet so didn’t get to the beach but Rach thought it’d be a perfect day to get her hair done. Even this was at least half the price it would be at home so it’s not just food/drink that’s cheap. One of the best value places we’ve visited in Europe. Actually probably the best value when you take into account modern infrastructure, compared with other cheap countries visited in the Baltics and Balkans.
We’ve really had a fun relaxing time in this part of Portugal especially around Sagres. It would definitely be on our list of places to return to, just a shame it’s so far away from home.