How exciting it is to pass the border and enter a new country! Mozart
always whoops and hollers! It is even more exciting than crossing
state lines in road trips that I remember as a kid, but the same
general celebratory feel, minus the Burma Shave signs. Entering
Portugal from Southern Spain, one crosses a dramatic bridge that
reminded me of the ones in Dubrovnik and Patras with its high span.
It is the Guadiana river that separates these two countries in this part of
the Iberian peninsula.
We headed to Camping Olhao which would be our first stop in the
Algarve and it is one of the most popular winter homes for Northern
European "snowbirds". It has lots of amenities like a large pool that
is open all year, great kid's playground, restaurant and tennis courts
plus it is super cheap off season at only eight euros a night. There
is an even bigger discount for long stays. They had lovely shade
trees, good showers and I liked a little scare crow nearby a small
garden and mansion.
One could get wifi from inside one's RV ( which was not so cheap, but
worked out since the basic cost was so low), but the pitches in the
areas near the wifi hotspot were the tiniest that we have seen. We did
what we saw many people doing which was taking over two spaces since it
was practically empty. The other alternative is to use wifi in a
clubhouse or cheaper internet at reception, but we can get more done
online if we have it available 24/7 in our RV as I often work on it
when DaVinci and Mozart are asleep. Over all we were quite content
here, so caught up online, talked to family and continued our vacation.
We lose all track of time, especially while traveling, but spent about
a week here.