We’re now on an aire just outside Vilamoura, a coastal town west of Faro. The weekly market takes place on the aire, and when we arrived early yesterday the market was in full swing so we parked up in the next door car park and went for a wander round the market. It was a really good one, with a variety of goods and very reasonable prices.


We vegged out all day, and when the site had been cleared us and around 20 other vans moved onto the aire. It’s a nice paved site, and good value at €5 per night including electricity.

We’ve stopped in Vilamoura to meet up with a friend we haven’t seen for nearly 30 years. Kerry and I used to work together at Barclays, and lost touch long ago. She and her partner Paul have an apartment in Vilamoura, and through the magic of the internet she found our blog and sent a message to say hello, and today we met up for lunch in a restaurant at the marina. We had a lovely afternoon and did loads of catching up. It was quite spooky to find out that Paul and I went to the same infant, junior and senior schools, but as he’s three or four years older than me it seems our paths didn’t cross.

Vilamoura marina
With Kerry and Paul

We haven’t yet decided exactly where we’re going tomorrow, but it will be further along towards the west coast.


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