Roadtrip to Sagres

August 18, 2008 in adventure, en, personal, Portugal

First, little intro for those not-in-the-know. I am currently on a traineeship in Portugal until December. That means 6 months or warmer-then-average weather for me. During week I work for Edisoft, S.A. and I spend my weekends usually travelling around central Portugal sightseeing, and sunbathing.

Last Friday was Assumption day, that is public holiday in Portugal. I joined group of 14 other people (more-less former or current IAESTE trainees), and we went on a camping trip to the South-West corner of Portugal – Sagres. 15 people, 3 rented cars and a prolonged weekend.

Let me say it again…15 people. Organising such a big group is no joke. Kudos to Fabio for that. I think that the trip would be absolutely different without your skills (and by different I don’t mean better). We took the nice way along the coast through local roads, stopping by a few times. Fabio leading the way with his unerring navigator Kim (seriously, she navigated even through country roads without any problems) with George and me changing places. We didn’t get into any car accidents, so I consider driving experience in Portugal a pleasant one. However we have seen 3 or four of small car crashes (usually just bumpers). Well…that’s what you get in country with such high rate of road deaths per year.

There were quite a few problems with the trip also, beginning with car rental (one reservation got lost somewhere), then full camping sites that were supposed to have lots of free space. In the end all of the bad things faded somehow and all that’s left are nice memories (isn’t that usually the case?). Singing “Move bitch, get out of way” in the car, playing football on the beach during the sunset and visiting beautiful places are just few of them.

Crossing the 25th of April bridge marked the beginning of our trip. Next we headed South to Setúbal where we got a little lost because of the traffic and work on the road. After we found our way we headed to Sines and our first stop…Porto Covo, where we spend few hours at the beach.

We had problems with checking in at the camping site (first Zambujeira do Mar, then Carvalho) our fist evening, so we ended up putting up our tents right next to it (with permission of course). At least we had access to shower and toilets. Me sleeping in the car alone, and others in their tents.

Saturday morning was full of relaxing at the camping site and then a trip to Lagos, Sagres and camping site for our second night near Salema where we spent late afternoon playing football on the beach ,causing near fatal injuries to few of us :)

Since time was scarce on Sunday (we got up late, and some of us had a busy night in Lagos) we ended up on the beach near Lagos. Some on the beach sunbathing and kayaking, others in the bar (again :) ).

Trip back was without any problems (I really thought that traffic will be way worse). That is except for trip from our apartment to the Airport (where we rented the cars), because I lost Fabio in the tunnel, but fortunately I had my GPS set up.

That’s it folks. Once again, thanks to all involved, I enjoyed the weekend and I hope you did too.