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    Its definitely the motorhome next time..



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    Just got back from a holiday not motorhome based.

    A lesson learned...

    We decide we would try a villa holiday in Carvoreiro, Portugal, we had a recommendation for one that could take an extended family of 7, this included my 9 year old German grandson.

    After a lot of messing about with arranging dates that suited all, then flights and car hire and transport to and from the airport, both sides (we did not want to rent a 7 seater vehicle) and paying in advance (a lot of money) for the villa, we eventually arrived at Manchester airport to find our flight delayed an hour.
    This had a knock on effect where the transport was not available at Faro airport, that had been previously arranged through Hoppa (avoid at all costs), I had to upgrade to get all to the villa and we had a superb two weeks, but stuck in one place.

    At the end of the two weeks the arranged transport was 30 mins late picking up which meant there was a rush to the airport only to find a 5 hour delay, which had the knock on effect of waiting on the plane (an hour on top of the 5 hour delay) for passengers suitcases to come off as they had caught another flight. Then another hour waiting for luggage back at Manchester....


    What was interesting was we saw plenty of places where motorhome could and did park, some were long stay vans too. Managed to fit in a couple of rounds of golf too

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    I know what you mean, it is so much easier in the Motorhome than flying, more flexibility too, glad you enjoyed some of the experience at least.
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    it doesnt have to be a bad experience

    for several years weve flown to fuerteventura in november for a week or two , half board in an apartment complex a stones throw from the beach.
    just the two of us , a backpack or carry on case on wheels, each, pick up the smallest available car at the airport, just got to organise our own lunches. spend most of the time on the beach just totally chilling out. the car is probably an unnecessary expense but theres no stress over will taxis turn up on time or finding busses

    the only problem with the weight restriction on a carry on bag is deciding what proper books to take... . theres usually a few novels available in the bookcase in reception .... but most are in german. a tablet and kindle lessens the problem but we do prefer to read proper paper books.
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    Where was the picture of the wild campers and the sea port taken ,I want to go there please.

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    Quote Originally Posted by vindiboy View Post
    Where was the picture of the wild campers and the sea port taken ,I want to go there please.
    The place we visited was Ferragudo, across the river is Portimao, where the cruise ship can be seen.
    Ferragudo is a lovely place with narrow cobbled lanes leading to a church on top of the hill. To get to the motorhome parking area in the photo, you would need to drive through the town, although there is also a large motorhome parking area closer to town next to the main car park, where we saw many campers that had obviously been there for a while.

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    zoom in to Vators Village and the motorhome parking by the sand beach can be seen looking towards the coast.
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    OK Beemer many thanks, I should have known that is where the picture is of as we have stayed there many times, but your picture gives another perspective of the place,and I did not recognise it, great place to stay,usually a Portuguese navy ship there winter time when we are there Lidl up the road for all your needs too, we often stayed across the water at Praia de Roche, too,there was an aire on the Marina, very popular with Motorhomes but I believe it has now closed, but we prefered to be at the other end of the beach where there is /was ? a good motorhome stopover,Praia de Roche has a great balcony overlooking Ferragudo and on New Years Eve it is always a good spot to watch the New Years fireworks going off all around, I will return.apraia de aroche.jpg
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    The villa in pic 2 is a bit "rustic"

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