27th March 2010 Senhora da Rocha to Sagres

27 03 2010

After an early rise Lorna went to the hotel to take adantage of her last free breakfast whilst I took Jack for a quick walk in the quickly rising temperatures, it was clearly going to be another hot one and I was now wearing shorts instead of my jeans which I have worn pretty much every day, not the same pair you understand.

I arranged to meet Lorna outside the hotel at noon so we could say our goodbyes and get on the business of travelling again, the time spent hopping between Senhora da Rocha and Silves had been enjoyable but it was nice to be moving and exploring again. I had identified a place where we could dump our waste and fill up with water before our main journey, a small motorhome dealer in Guia (N37•07.443′ W008•19.344′), not far from where we had been staying so we made our way there first, did all the things we needed to and headed back west toward Sagres and the point furthest south west of Europe, Cape St. Vincent. The journey took us past the turning for Alvor, a place highlighted to us by a few people as a nice place to stop so we took a slight detour and had a look. We found the parking next to the beach with ease and it is somewhere we will probably stop at on out journey back east in a few days. Back on the N125 we then headed into and through Lagos, ignoring the sat-navs attempts to get me onto the motorway we went all along the port of the very nice looking town, we noted a camp site there too so we may well stop there for a night as there didn’t appear to be any wild camping spots. Further along the N125 toward Luz (that of Madeline McCan fame) the landscape changed slightly with less development and a positively rural feel to it. We stopped at the Ecomarche at Budens to get some supplies for my late lunch and dinner and then headed straight through Sagres and parked up by the fort with a few other motorhomes (N37•00’16 W08•56’43) and waited for the temperature to drop a bit before heading out for an explore with Jack. It was much windier here than along the coast toward the middle of the Algarve so we had to be careful not to be fooled by it and get sunburnt.

The fort just at the start if the peninsula at Sagres allowed dogs through but when we got there it was not far off closing for the day and the lady in the ticket office told us that if we went before 2pm on Sunday it would be free to get in which was a great tip and saves us the normal €3 each entrance fee. From the fort we walked along the cliffs and then into the edge of the town where we had a nice coffee and then headed back to the motorhome.

A chilli for tea with pork mince was yet another cooking triumph by Lorna and there was enough made to have it for dinner tomorrow as well, chillies are always better after they have stood for a day in my experience.

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