Back in the U.K.
OVERLAND TO SOUTH AFRICA
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We arrived at the very tip of Spain at Tarifa which was a haven for kite surfers with miles and miles of sandy beaches. The town itself had lots of trendy surfer type shops and a lively nightlife. We drove into Algeciris to check out the ferry prices and crossings. We good a good deal and bought our tickets for the next day.The campsite was busy with travellers from all over Europe some on the way to Marocco but was the dearest yet at 24 Euros per night.
We chose the crossing from Algeceris to Ceuta to avoid the hassle of Tangiers. The port of Ceuta, although in Morocco is still under the control of Spain. The ferry crossing took 30 minutes as it is only 17k from the mainland and unlike our crosssing from England to Bilbao it was calm!! When we landed we filled up with petrol at just less than 70c ( 50p )a litre and in mainland Spain it had been 93c. We headed for the border and had the first tas...
We were recommended to come here by a couple of campers we met on the road and what an amazing place it is. It is so far off the beaten track we would never have been here in a million years. The town has no tarmaced roads or pavements at all anywhere. The roads are sand and bear just as many hoof prints as tyre tracks and are lined with rows of verandahed buildings that are empty most of the time. The houses are owned by pilgrim revellers who converge on the...
Tavira is on the banks of the River Gilao with elegant houses on either side of the river. Travel brochures describe it as the Venice of Portugal. with 16th - 18th century buildings and 37 churches it is the most genteel town on the Algarve. There is a busy fishing port which was formerly the base for Portugese expeditions to North Africa. It was a lovely town but we think it is now the home of the largest gypsy encampment in Portugal!! We have never seen so m...