Driving to the Algarve with a caravan; the sites and sights [CC]

Driving to the Algarve with a caravan; the sites and sights [CC]

[Coffee making noises, distant traffic outside] [Engine starting] [music] Hello, and welcome to our video about the
sites we stayed at on our way down all the way to the Algarve. ANNOUNCEMENT ON TRAIN: ‘Please ensure that you handbrake is on, and that your vehicle is in first gear or Park.’ [music] We took an early shuttle and crossed the
channel with Eurotunnel. Thereafter it was just a long long drive
all the way down to Tours where we stayed at Camping Les Acacias. [music] It took pretty much all day to get to
Camping Les Acacias. We received a warm welcome at reception. As you can see, the
pitches are on grass, they’re fairly well spread out – nice and shaded. The toilet
block is centrally heated, it’s fairly clean but let’s just say it’s just a
little bit fragrant. [car engine noise] [music] The next day was a very long day’s
driving. We were making a break for the border down to Spain. Being a Sunday
there was very little commercial traffic on the road, which meant that we had the
parking places in the service areas to ourselves. Here we are now just entering
Spain. From here it’s not far to go to our campsite for the evening. [music] VOICE OF ME DRIVING IN THE CAR: ‘Oh my giddy aunt!’ One thing I
wasn’t quite prepared for was the steep climb onto the campsite in the wet
conditions. I reckon this was probably about one in four in places. Had I
realised that before we started climbing, I would have selected four-wheel drive
in the Ssangyong Rexton I was driving. As such we struggled up in two-wheel drive
and despite a little bit of wheelspin we made it, so you should be assured that
making it to this site, even in a two-wheel drive car, you should be OK. Here you can
see we’re just getting to the reception block. Little did I know that I should
have taken that turning to the right that we’ve just passed. I park here and
check in and you guessed it I then have to reverse the caravan all the way back
past those parked cars. Oh well, you live and learn! [groovy music] [sound of falling rain] It’s very boring with all the rain isn’t
it Dougal? Mmm? Are you fed up with the rain? Yeah, me too, me too.
We want to go out don’t we? We do! We wanna go out. [music] After two days of solid driving, we stayed here
for two nights. The weather was pretty awful, but on the departure day you can
see it brightened up. A quick look around the toilets there; they were clean enough, not
heated though. On grass pitches… a little bit worn out at this time of the year
but you can see that the views were absolutely stunning! As we were the only
tourers on site it was no problem for when the local village dog came to make
friends with Dougal. We let them have a run round as there was no one else to
worry about. [reversing beeps] [music] Another long and uneventful day’s
driving across the plains of Spain to the university town of Salamanca. We
stayed at Camping Regio which is adjacent to the Hotel Regio where you
can take your meals if you’re feeling a little bit lazy. The campsite is fine; I
have to say it’s a little bit unloved, it was looking a bit tired.
It was clean, the toilets are okay, it’s fine for a visit to the town of
Salamanca or as we were doing it was great for an overnight stop. [music] Orbitur Guincho is in the seaside town
of Cascais about 30 kilometres from Lisbon. The pitches are quite close
together, under trees and they’re on sand. However those we had through the Caravan and Motorhome Club were delineated and they had both mains and water hookups.
But you don’t come here for the site, you come here for the proximity to Lisbon
and also for the beautiful Dunas de Cresmina, next door. It’s a 10 minute walk to theses lovely sand dunes and a further 10 minutes over boardwalks to the seaside at Cascais. [music] And there’s no better way to finish your
day than taking a drink and watching the sun go down at the Bar Dunas de Cresmina. [music] After a fantastic stay in Cascais and
some brilliant visits to Lisbon, I was towing the Airstream over the 25th of
April Bridge down towards the Algarve for the final stretch of our journey. I
left it a little bit late in the day to set off, but I was quite pleased in the
end. As you can see we saw an amazing sunset. [music] Our final destination in Portugal down
on the Algarve is Camping Ria Formosa in the town of Cabanas de Tavira on the
East side of the Algarve. I have to say this is probably my favorite site in
this video; the pitches were spacious, they were on hard standing, toilets were
clean (hot water was a bit hit-and-miss) as you can see a lovely swimming pool
and it’s adjacent to a railway station so is very popular with motor homers. [music] The seaside village of Cabanas de
Tavira is about 15 minutes walk from the site.
You can see a luxury yacht in the marina there! Or you can get the train or drive
ten minutes to Tavira itself. [music] Although there are no beaches in Cabanas de Tavira you can get a ferry from the village over to the island across
the water there, and there you’ll find miles and miles of quiet sandy beaches. [chilled music] [Upbeat music] Sadly the time has come to leave
Portugal and cross the bridge over into Spain. So I hope you enjoyed this little
video of our trip down to the Algarve and where we stayed. As ever if you did,
give it a thumbs up, subscribe if you don’t already, it just leaves me to say
from Dougal and from me… Thanks for tuning in! [music]

Author: Kevin Mason

100 thoughts on “Driving to the Algarve with a caravan; the sites and sights [CC]

  1. I wish you would promote the UK like this. Don't think I have ever seen you go to the West Country where there are miles and miles of beautiful sandy beaches, glorious sunsets and Cornwall is very picturesque. North Devon has beaches several miles long and places like Valley of the Rocks are amazing. There are so many places in the UK that are worthy of promoting and visiting.

  2. Hi Andrew, A travel video giving a brief taste of your life on the road traveling from one campground to another.
    Sometimes it's easy, to lose that loven feelen!!
    Dougal, what a star, the eyes combined with a slight tilt of the head!

  3. What an absolutely wonderful video of your tour Andrew. I would love to do that journey down to the Algarve, and what a wonderful site to finish on. I love it and being a lone motorhomer I do like the look of the roads. It was nice to see Dougal mixing with the locals! That wash brush looked as though it needed a good wash itself but having said that the car and 'van had a nice shine.

  4. Looks fantastic place Andrew love watching your uploads so informative.
    Planning on a trip for about 3wks in 2020 we have swift twin axle and x5 would it work out cheaper by ferry to bilbo. fancy Portugal then the wife wants to go on to Spain ending up in Paris.
    What happens Andrew if you have to take your dog on the ferry can you book a kennel.
    We have been caravanning for 20yrs or more but have never ventured abroad.

  5. wow everything just  looks great over there ,   we are hoping to get over the water  this next year  …  brilliant video  thanks   .  mick  and Christine

  6. Thanks Andrew. We love Spain. We really liked the last place you stayed at including the Caravan wash bay. We fancy the East Coast of Spain, but no firm dates as yet. Thanks again P&J 👍👍😀

  7. What a beautiful landscape. Is this your new love Andrew? Hopefully you are feeling better. Greetings from Germany, Dirk

  8. Glad to see there was none of there deadly terrorists tripods in this one other wise there might be some image stabilisation and the police hate that LOL.

  9. Where's you bike Andrew?
    Why so fast? Thought you'd have taken your time.
    I know Cascaius. I lived half way between Cascaius and Lisbon for 6 months in 1970. Bet you didn't visit the John Bull.

  10. Andrew lovely video really enjoyed this one, I recognised so many of those roads was nice to see them. Nicer weather there I’m currently enjoying below zero temperatures but thinking about going south very soon. Thank you

  11. Hello friend Andrew, I live in Valladolid and I would be delighted if you come here to eat and drink the typical Castilian food. or in Burgos. good trip

  12. Really enjoyed the video thanks again. Just wondering how you get the shots from the side and front of the Airstream? I assume a camera is attached, just wondered how?
    Thanks, Graham

  13. Hi Andrew. Another great travel blog from you, really enjoyed this one. BTW do you have any plans to return to Scotland any time soon, particularly the Outer Hebrides? When I have driven our coach tours we have stayed here…https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=StNvDt8U3nw. Have you ever been to Orkney and Shetland if not, having driven our coach tours several times I can highly recommend a visit to these islands..All my best…John

  14. Oh the dunes scene was beautifully filmed. It made my heart happy to remember my last trip to the ocean. Thank you for taking time to share the beautiful scenery with us during this and every video. Traveling the world is made possible through this amazing media. Thank you for bringing a pitter-patter to my heart tonight.

  15. Nice travel vlog, Andrew. But what a pity you didn't show the areas of Portugal at the point of entry to the country and onward. You were likely to be pressed for time to reached the Algarve, I'm sure, but there are some very scenic areas along the way, which deserve to being shown as well! Perhaps in a next visit…?!

  16. Andrew about that steep incline into the 2nd stop over, couldn't you of just stopped handbrake on and selected 4×4 pulled off again? Really enjoying your video. Thanks.

  17. Hi Andrew , A big thanks for another very informative vlog and very useful as I will be towing my caravan from Essex to Mojacar Spain next week with my Golden Retriever.
    I was wondering where to stay en route but thanks to you I've decided to stay at Les Acacias and Ariztagian, then I'll branch off East towards the Med.
    Should I book in advance or just arrive?
    Thanks Dave

  18. How did you find speaking to the locals Andrew. Do you have a little Spanish or Portuguese? Did you use a Tag on the way down? Were you travelling about 300 miles per day (as mentioned in a previous video?). Loved the first site in Portugal.

  19. Hi Andrew and Dougle great video going through France,Spain and Portugal,we stayed at a place
    called Lagos in Portugal lovely place ,but we cheated and flew there,love your Airstream so cool.
    We went to the caravan show at the NEC in October and had a look at the Airstreams,just waiting to win the lottery.
    Then we will get one ha,looking forward to more videos ,take care ,Chris Kim .from Lichfield Staffs.


  20. Many thanks Andrew! Your love of travel, of airstreams, and living minimally has been an inspiration! So much so that I bought a beautiful, shiny, 1976 Airstream Tradewind and plan to eventually take it to the UK and Europe 😃. Thanks for sharing your adventures with us.

  21. Thanks Andrew, really enjoyed that. Are you going to review the car and caravan in the near future? Looking forward to hearing your thoughts.

  22. Another great vlog, you are such a natural orator, that and the filming make for a most enjoyable watch – thankyou

  23. When you say, "We", you mean you and your dog Dougal, right? And when you say, "Caravan", you mean the Airstream itself, right? You don't mean caravan as in, "several cars travelling in one large group, in a caravan", right?

  24. Hi Andrew! Love your project. And i love to see your videos :D. Are you still in the algarve? If so i live in faro and would love to meet you <3 Big hug and all the best 😉

  25. Great to see you on the move again, any chance of providing us with a cost breakdown at the end of your trip around Portugal and Spain? Thanks

  26. When you say 'we' I saw you alone driving the 4 wheeler? Looks like you enjoy this nomadic lifestyle not my cup of tea(English?) really.

  27. Once in a while get a 3rd party in to capture you having a bit of fun with the locals (include your dog) ….because it is coming across to me at least, a bit depressing, wandering aimlessly, waiting for death even….make it like Zorba …less English reservation and a bit of continental madness……

  28. Andrew , that was a great video , very informative , what were the temps like in The Algarve at this time of year , luv the way Dougal knows exactly every word , smart little fella , luv'd the dog protecting his washing Lol and as for the luxury yacht , brilliant Lol , changed the car , how do you rate it as a tow car , your Airstream is absolutely stunning , I'm dead jealous , that was a great clever move buying that few years ago !! Happy Travels , hope Shania has settled well now into her new home and living the dream !! Linda and Lilybites xo

  29. Hi Andrew! I was in Carvoeiro (still here) when you were in Tavira. My next destination is Jerez, Spain, leaving here on Dec. 21. Where is your next port of call?

  30. Great video Andrew, I love watching your videos, they are very well put together. How do you keep the camera on the dashboard?

  31. 9 thumbs down?.What's not to like here?. An excellent video this of the highest quality, So here's 9 thumbs up to counteract them.👍👍👍👍👍👍👍👍👍…..😎

  32. Hello Andrew, would you have some guides or service providers offering filters to know if a given place bring water and electricity supply, sewage disposal (dishwasher, washing machine used in the motorhome). I always try to see that in your videos but apparently the camping places in which you go don't offer these kind of resources. Also knowing if there is enough space for a camping-car (motorhome) and its toys hauler would be a must to know too. On my side i target a motorhome length of 7,8m and trail a toy hauler of 5,5m length, i would be interested by your opinion/advices/infos on this subject related to these places (the one you know + the ones that bring the needed resources).

  33. Wouldnt you of been better getting ferry to Bilbao? It would of brought you closer to the camp site without the long drive.

  34. My first job. I had an apartment for 6 months half way between Lisbon and Cascaius in 1970.
    I'm dreaming of going back with s motorhome. Thanks Andrew.

  35. How long were you in Spain ? Doesn’t look like long enough,take your own airstream next time ,oh and your bike, here (USA) I drive maybe 150-200 miles ,set up camp ,then ride the bike to all points of the compass ,maybe stay a week , ,but your working and I’m not. Then drive to the campsite and repeat.

  36. It's easy to overlook the work that you put into making this video, the various camera angles (and you have plenty) all need setting up. The editing, narration, music etc, all hard work. Well done, and thank you for a really nice production 👍🏻

  37. Dougal is lovely 😍 Please is there a certain magazine or club/website you could recommend for Caravan sites across Europe? Warm wishes from Rab 🤗

  38. Thank you very much for your videos I love them. I am Spanish and here I believe. This brand of caravans is not commercialized. Could you tell me which airstream model you have. thank you .

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