Wild Sagres Waves & Wild Camping

We finally left our little peace of heaven at Salema on the 18th January, we were pleasantly surprised at our final bill which at advertised rates we had worked out at €474.70 but the staff there are great and they compare all rates including their own off season rates and the bill came to just €414.80 for the 40 nights, which worked out at just €10.37 per night priced for 2 people in a motorhome, 1 dog, electric, water, washing facilities, absolutely fantastic value…
We had a slight hiccup leaving this site as it’s a very steep exit with twisty hairpin bends that you need maneuver around to get out, if you are in a taller motorhome this is the only exit/entry way available due to height restrictions and barriers (there is an easier way in for the smaller sized vehicles) but there just so happened to be a car parked right in our way on our way out which hindered our exit… With a few giggles and tight moments we made it out safely, trying to reverse or maneuver with this trailer on the back is nigh on impossible it loves to jack knife… but we made it out safely… Just!!!
We had suggested to our new friend Fabian to come up and grab the pitch the night before we left as some other campers had taken offence to his dog Beau AKA Gumbo and with this pitch being slightly out of the way we thought this may be a solution for them, so they came and settled in on our last night there, but the morning after we left I felt rather guilty as I was so busy sorting things out ready to move I’d put a small bin bag outside ready to put into the garage then drop off at the next bin, but I then got sidetracked helping to reverse us out and putting things in place so that no one got Fabian’s spot who by that time had gone off to the beach, I then helped to move and hook the trailer up, and I forgot to pick the bag up, I didn’t notice until I got to the bins at Sagres to put the stuff in, that we didn’t have it on board, so Fabian if your reading this my sincere apologies it wasn’t done on purpose!! We wish you and Beau safe and happy travels…

 


I finally managed to persuade Pete to have a go at a wildcamp, I had specifically chosen Sagres for the first wild camp and fully checked it out using Google earth etc and chose it because we could see it was large enough for the motorhome plus trailer and easy access to and from there, so off we drove down to Sagres it was just 15km away, we had been told that the sunsets were amazing here and it certainly didn’t disappoint as the photos show, when we got here we were surprised just how busy the small town was with motorhomes and campers everywhere hopefully bringing business with them, we had hoped the bike shop that we had also spotted on Google earth would be open so we could get a puncture repair kit etc but when we got here it looks like the bike shop is no longer open for business, but we did find a hardware shop and managed to purchase a puncture kit from there instead. There are lots of surf shops, cafes, bars and restaurants in the area, I managed to find a jazzy little hairband in one of the surf shops to help keep my annoying hair under a little bit of control, I also bought a lovely wooly hat for wearing when walking the cliffs tops and also a Sagres T-shirt with a picture of a campervan and the Moto “life is just a trip” printed on it… So I was spoilt and it also meant that while we were getting a free camp here we were also still putting money into the local economy, everyone wins…

 


We settled in amongst about 20+ other motorhomes and camper vans, then took a stroll to the fort, the place was pretty impressive with a lovely quaint chapel within, also inside the fort walls there’s a pathway that takes you all around the cliff edge, it took a good hour or so to walk around, locals were fishing from the cliffs here although I didn’t spot any of them landing anything!!! We wondered what type of fish they were after would it have been for cod perhaps?? I foolishly managed to delete all photos we took inside the fort so here’s one of the motorhome and a few showing how wonderful the waves are here…

 

While walking through the fort ground area we noticed a noise coming up through the rocky floor we went off the beaten path to explore and investigate, I got the shock of a lifetime… Due to our lack of knowledge we hadn’t realised that where we were on the cliffs we were actually walking above a sea cave system below us, so while investigating the noise that we could hear… the rock I was actually standing upon on started hissing with pressurised air and sea spray escaping and seeping out at me at quite a rate up through the cracks in the granite rock, this pressure was as we now know due to those ferocious waves crashing around inside the caves system below (but I’ve got to say I have never moved so fast, it scared the living daylights out of me, I wasn’t sure if it was all going to give way underfoot and I’d find myself tumbling through into the wild waves below me!!) further along the walk there is a concrete structure called a sound hole that is above another of these crevices and it has been designed to capture and magnify the sounds and boy it certainly does just that… to hear this sound of the angry, powerful Atlantic sea waves crashing in is something very special and somewhat scary all at the same time!!! The place is certainly worth the €3 entry fee each and I would certainly suggest a visit for sure!! We also met and chatted with a Russian lady named Laura who has promised to show us around Russia if we ever make it there!!

 

 


We managed our 1st night of wild camping here in Sagres and Pete has suggested we stay here till we have to take Toffi to the vets on the 22nd (I think we have a convert as Pete is now looking out at other wild camping places there’s also one that is on the side of town with another fantastic view out to sea) but our plan is to stay here just because it was refreshing and it’s a pretty cool place to be, listening to the ocean battering against the cliffs, with the cool, or sometimes at least warmish winds buffering against us, plus it’s free, there is an offer at the intermarche for motor homers, so with every €30 you spend you can claim a token from the petrol station and this token allows you to empty out black and grey water waste and refill with water at no charge which is a stonkingly good offer… and which of course we took them up on as by then we needed to empty and refill…

We’ve had an amazing time here Sagres is certainly a nice popular place and Toffi has really enjoyed herself here…

 

It soon came to our leaving day, we have had a very busy day, firstly driving Toffi to the vets in and through Portimao and trying to park the MH in small car parks designed for little car like vehicles (a stressful time in itself) but we managed, we had got there earlier than expected so had some time to kill, we chilled with a coffee and took a small walk around before the poor pup had her visit to the vets which I might say was also pretty eventful, especially once it got to the Kennel cough inoculation… where it more or less took 5 of us holding her down to get it into her, the poor vets tried every trick they had but she was stressed and outwitted us all each time, we left the vets €110 euros lighter and headed straight to the pet shop next door where Toffi then got a couple of new toys, a soft harness and some treats which left us another €50 lighter…

We got back to the van and thought we had got a ticket but unlike the UK it was a ticket requesting us to pay the going rate of €3.50, we had checked before we parked but couldn’t quite understand what the  ticket machines said so it was fair enough…

we then had to drive to Camperserve and purchase a new water pump as ours is starting to leak we noticed during the week… (why they put a Motorhome repair place down a tiny lane I will never figure out, after another motorhome nearly hit us then a car nearly having a scrape with us we managed to get clear of there another €180 lighter again as we had a couple of other purchases to make also, and although we had planned a few campsites we have ended up on an aire for €6 plus costs for water and emptying, but after such an expensive day we needed to recoup some savings, plus we had gone to one of the sites we had planned to visit but it was so jam packed, there was just enough room for us to turn right around a small roundabout just inside the site and head straight back out of there… and we had passed another that was also jam packed but luckily we had seen this aire from the road so guess we will just park here for a night or two get some repairs done and decide where to go from there…

Enjoy the pictures

Take care

Donna x

Sagres Wild camp GPS N37°0’17”  W8°56’42”