28th April 2010 Marvao and Fadagosa

28 04 2010

We got up and found that the other five motorhomes that were parked next to us overnight had gone, leaving us all alone on the car park where we had all wild camped for the night. The temperatures today were less oppressive so we made our way into the fortified town of Marvao, and what a treat the place is.

Whitewashed houses in Marvao

Tightly packed whitewashed houses all sit to one side of the main castle which has some lovely ornamental gardens sitting in front of it. The castle walls allow you to walk all the way around the town giving a different viewpoint and perspective to the place.

Marvao castle and walls

Whilst we were wandering around I got chatting to an English guy who was stopping on a campsite in the nearby village of St. Antonio das Areias, he was a regular visitor to this region and told me about a village called Fadagosa which is now completely deserted. I made a note of the name and told Lorna that we needed to go and see it.

Marvao walls and house

We returned to the car park and spent the afternoon reading, relaxing and watching a local farmer herd his sheep, lambs and goats right past us, Jack was most excited at this part of the day. We waited for the temperature to become a little more comfortable before going to have a look at both Fadagosa and the campsite, thinking that if it was reasonable enough we may spend the night there.

Fadagosa was an amazing place, as described to me it was utterly deserted with houses, barns, a church and a hotel that had apparently just been left in the late 70’s, I need to do some research on this place so I know exactly what happened there. The medium sized hotel still had the chairs in the reception area and the church the pews and altar fairly intact. I could have spent hours there taking photographs but Lorna got quite spooked by the place and so we had to leave.

The derelict church at Fadagosa

The abandoned hotel at Fadagosa

Next stop was the campsite. On arriving there we met the chap that I had seen earlier but the owner was not there, apparently an English guy who had gone for his Portuguese lessons. We asked how much it was to stay and another English guy in a big fifth wheeler told us that the prices were designed to discourage ‘one nighters’ and that it would be about €18 for one night, cheaper for two though. So, the pricing policy worked as I was not prepared to spend €18 on a campsite when actually we were full of water and everything else was empty and charged and we could stay overnight for free where we were last night (Lorna thinks I’m a misery guts but I’d rather spend the money on eating out one time, especially as we didn’t need the services). So, we got directions for the local supermarket and butchers and went to buy our dinner, a nice piece of steak with some odds and sods that we already had. When we arrived back at the car park there was a French motorhome there that was stopping the night so Lorna was much happier, we had our delicious steak with a green salad and had a relatively early night.

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