Roadbook Entry #14 – The famous waves of Portugal

 

Marco and Josi both like the most southwestern landscape in Portugal with all its bays. You can stay there nearly everywhere over night without any car-parking space. Also disposing or fuelling up water is partly even for free at some supermarkets. Today their journey continues up north along the coast. In all those lagoons they can only kite under certain conditions so they drive onwards to the beaches Villa Nova de Milfontes, Sines and to the Lagoa de Santo André. But unfortunately there is not enough wind so they continue to drive on.

Further up north they come to a miles long peninsula, which turns out to be a luxury resort. Everything is nice and tidy, golf courses can be found, perfectly mowed lawn, underground parking for cars but no parking space for them. At least there is supposed to be a kiting spot at the peak of the peninsula, but once they reach it, again they can’t find a parking space. Therefore they’re heading further to Setúbal, their final destination for the day, an abbey at the Cabo Epichel with a view to a lighthouse.

 

The following day they are driving to the Lagoa de Albufeira, a beautiful lagoon, where a lot of sandbanks are laying there dry at low tide. The wind would be enough for large kites but actually kiting is only allowed where the lagoon almost looks like a lake. The next spots are all located directly at the shore and provide high waves, which isn’t much fun on light wind. So at this point they are again driving further up and cross the Tejo over the big bridge nearby Lisbon.

   

Across a really curvy mountain road they reach the very touristy Guincho. The beaches there are not as big as Marco and Josi imagined them but also they don’t want to drive any further. So they stay at the next campsite with Wifi and pool and also the Germany – Poland – soccer match can be followed.

Again their goal is a world known surfing spot: the peninsula Peniche. It seems that everyone there is grown up carrying a surf board under their arms since the whole infrastructure is targeted on surfing: there are plenty of shops, schools and even more accommodations. The southern beach is called (self evidently) Supertudos. At the northern beach, Baleal, is a parking located where they want to stay the night. Chance brought it about that they meet the Czech people from Morocco and together they go to have pizza in the city. Nobody really knows why the bill became 4€ more expensive after reclaiming a not delivered water.

Back at the parking they need to ascertain that the parking itself together with all the bars around it became one huge party mile. But well, the parking was obviously for free so the night will be spent here. However the next day they got woken up by the police who asked them to park their car in a decent way instead of across the parking space – no commenting on their over night stay.

The compensation for the restless night and the early waking came in form of wind. At the next surfing school the Kitespots were located, a surfing course, taking place in the afternoon, was booked and off they were on the water with 9 meter and 10 meter kites. Obviously there were the highest waves they experienced during their whole trip so they both enjoyed the great session. Then, at 4pm, their surfing lesson begun. But both need to admit that they rather stay with kiting. It’s less stressful, less exhausting and it’s still more fun for them.

In the evening Marco and Josi are leaving the hurly-burly and drive through the posh quarter Praia D’el Rey onto a lonely beach parking at the Praia do Pico. As if someone cut the path with scissors the asphalt ends and a field road is leading them to a little parking nearby an unpeopled beach.

The following morning they are targeting the next lagoon: the Lagoa do Obidos and later they are driving to Nazaré.

Nazaré is nowadays really popular upon surfers. Garrett McNamara is holding the world record for surfing the highest wave that has ever been surfed. But if the ocean is as calm as it is now, you can barely imagine how a wave, taller than 20m, should look like. But obviously you need to come there in wintertime when the swell is big.

Right before Aveiro their very last night after two great weeks in Portugal broaches. The sun disappears with a Hollywood-style. Only one dune separates them from the beach, 2700km from home.

As usual, you can check their current location on our map. Further, have a look into their Road Book and get to know how they have been doing so far.