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Wednesday, 22 April 2009

Campsites in Portugal February and March 2010

A list of campsites used in Portugal:

Camping Olhao
Olhao, Algarve
A large site with some trees and different sized pitches, from smallish to large, in winter it is a busy and rambling site. The facilities are dated, but clean. Hot water is variable, sometimes only warmish. Good supermarket on site and bus service in to Olhao or 10 minutes easy cycle ride. From there you can catch the train to Faro and Tavira. The site has a lively bar.

Camping Canelas
Armacao de Pera, Algarve
Tarmac roads and grassy or sandy pitches, divided by hedges and trees. Facilities dated, but clean and plenty of hot water, jet propelled in the showers. Small shop on site with fresh bread.

Camping Turiscampo
Espiche, near Lagos, Algarve
Tarmac roads and gravel or sandy pitches. Some trees for shade, but plenty of light for the winter. Lots of hot water and clean facilities, one toilet block with doors, windows and heating! Wi-fi 15 Euro for one week, shop and restaurant on site. One of the best sites we have stayed in for winter camping. We did not want to leave!!

Camping Milfontes
Vila Nova de Milfontes, Atlantic coast
The site has lots of trees and level, sandy pitches. The toilet blocks are clean, but shabby. There is plenty of hot water.

Camping Serro da Bica
10 kms south of Ourique, off the N264
A site run by a Netherlands family in a quiet, rural setting. Facilities are clean and good, with hot showers and hot water for washing up. Bread can be ordered and wifi is available for 2 euro for 3 hours.

Camping Municipal Serpa
Serpa, Alentejo
The facilities are dated, but clean. Showers have good hot water, but only cold water for washing up. The pitches are sandy and roads are cobbled. The site has some trees and is within easy walking distance of Serpa, a lovely little town. Supermarkets nearby too.

Orbitur Camping Evora
Evora, Alentejo
A flat site with some paved roads and grassy pitches. Hot showers, but no hot water for washing up and facilites alittle scruffy. Free wifi. Within 20 minutes walk of Evora town centre and supermarket 10 minutes walk away.

Parque de Campismo
Alcobaca, Estremadura
A terraced site, with some trees for shade and some open pitches on gravel and grass. The site is by the road in the town and the traffic can be intrusive. The facilities are basic, but acceptable, with very hot water for washing up. The electricity is mostly 3 amps, with just one box with 6 amps. The site is near to shops and only 10 minutes away from the Monastery.

Camping Vale Paraiso
Navare, Estremadura
A large site with terraces; pitches are on gravel, some roads are tarmac and the site has tall pine trees for shade. The facilities are clean and OK, but only one block has hot water for washing up. Free wifi and a TV room with UK TV. Around 2 kms in to Navare, but a very steep climb back to the site.

Camping Redondo
Poco Redondo, near Tomar
A small and very green and pleasant site, with olive trees and donkeys, run by an Anglo-Dutch couple. The showers are hot, there is hot water for washing up and the wifi is free, so it ticked all our boxes. Not suitable for larger campervans as the access is steep and narrow.

Parque Campismo Tomar
A flat and grassy site with some trees for shade. Hot and powerful showers and hot water for washing up. The facilities are clean and good. The site is in the town, only 5 minutes from the shops and it is possible to walk to the Convento de Cristo from the site up the steep hill. Our cheapest camp site at 4.53 euro a night and fantastic value for money.

Camping Ponte das Tres Entredas
Ponte das Tres Entredas, near Oliveira do Hospital
A grassy and sloping site by a river in a small village. The facilities are dated, neglected and were not very clean when we visited, although it was wet and we were the only campers. Plenty of hot water.

Parque de Campismo Orbitur Mira
Praia de Mira
A large and level site with some trees for shade and some grassy pitches. The site is very pleasant to sit on and there is walking and cycling from the site. The facilities are dated, the showers are hot, but there is no hot water for washing up.

Parque de Campismo Orbitur Madalena
Madalena, Vila Nova de Gaia
A large, shaded site on sand. In March the site had an air of neglect and under-use. There is warm water for washing up and at the sinks, but the water in the showers is not very hot. The site is by a regular bus route in to Porto.

Pargque Campismo de Celorico de Basto
Celorico de Basto
A municipal site opened in May 2009, terraced with tarmac roads and under trees with grassy pitches. The facilities are new and modern, but no hot water for washing up. Free wifi. Pleasant walk in to the town by the river.

Parque Campismo Quinta do Rebentao
Vila Nova, Chaves
About 5 kms south of Chaves, this site is grassy and terraced with a stream running through. The facilities are old and scruffy, no hot water in the sinks and one hot tap for washing up. Wifi available. Fine for one night on the way in to Spain.


  1. Hi

    I am touring Spain in my motorhome and I am currently at Castellon. It is my intention to visit Portugal in 2 to 3 months time on my slow (and reluctant) journey back to the UK.

    I used the free Aires when traveling through France and Spain but now I am on the coast where one has to pay, but I have also done quite a bit of wild camping, but there are distinct advantages of having a continuous electricity supply so I am going to stay at an Aires further down the coast for 217 Euros for 31 days.

    I have noticed only one price at 4.53 Euros in your comments since that was the cheapest one that you stayed at. What is the price range for the sites that you stayed at? What is the average price?


  2. Campsites in Portugal were generally cheaper than other countries and typically around 8-11 euro a night, particularly more inland municipal sites, eg Serpa and Tomar - which was amazing value for money. The site at Olhao was reasonable too. The Orbitur sites were a bit more expensive, around 13 euro if memory serves and some other seaside sites can be more.