Camping Portugal

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Portugal is located on the Iberian Peninsula, bordering Spain to the west. The narrow country has a rich maritime history over the years with boats launching from Lisbon in search of the New World. With such a long stretch of coastline, it is not surprising that the seafood dominates the Portugal's restaurant menus, but interesting salt cod which can't be fished for in its waters is the nation's favourite food. They say that there is a different salt cod dish for every, in reality, there are far more than this. The rugged coastline and hilly interior make for a wonderful landscape to camp and hike in. There are far too many campsites to list here, but Cool Camping list some of the best and more luxurious around.

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O Tamanco

The beautiful O Tamanco campsite is small with just 50 grassy pitches available for tents, campervans, and motorhomes, some of which are shaded and have electrical and water hook ups It's nestled in a wonderful spot inland, but is only 5 kilometres or so from the beach making the coastline accessible. If you don't feel like pitching your own tent, the campsite has a variety of stylish accommodation offerings. This includes 2 spectacular yurts which can accommodate up to four guests. Inside, you will find everything that you might expect in a luxury hotel room including a double bed, a living and dining space with a table and chairs, a fully equipped kitchen to make camp dinners, wooden flooring, and a stove to keep the place cozy and warm during the cooler season. Just outside the yurt is an eco friendly bathroom with shower and dry composting toilet, as well as a terrace with a wooden picnic table. If you have more guests, others can place their tents around the yurt outside. Alternatively, why not consider the converted Bedford Truck which can accommodate 2 guests on a romantic getaway. Inside, guests find a double bed and a cute little kitchenette to cook up camp dinners. Outside is a barbecue and picnic area to eat al fresco. Another option are the two wooden bungalows, each of which sleeps up to four guests and has everything you might expect including a living space, dining area, kitchenette, and a private bathroom with hot showers. Lastly, the campsite offers 2 concrete pipe conversations. Now this might not sound great, but they are cosy and surrounded by the beautiful countryside. These can accommodate two guests each, but only have a couple bed. The camp ground has decent washroom blocks with hot showers and toilets, laundry facilities including dryers, and full internet access. Take a dip in the campsites swimming outdoor swimming pool, or grab a book and find a shady spot under the trees. There is plenty on offer near to the campsite including pretty villages and towns to explore, the beach nearby, and hiking opportunities. Onsite there is a restaurant serving Portuguese and international classics, as well as plenty of places nearby to eat. It's open between March and October every year and costs around US $35 for a pitch and 2 people.

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Quinta de Odelouca

The Quinta de Odelouca is located in the heart of the Algarve in Southern Portugal. The beautiful camp has 25 shading pitches, all of which have views over the mountains and the Serra de Monchique. They are available to small groups and families who bring tents, caravans, and motorhomes. Pets are permitted, so feel free to bring your dogs, but you'll have to keep them on a lead. All the pitches have electrical hook ups, and there are clean washroom blocks with hot showers. Other facilities include washing machines and dryers, baby changing rooms, and barbecues for rent. At the site, guests are welcome to use the large outdoor saltwater swimming pool, and lounge around in the spectacular surroundings. Alternatively, head out to explore the sleepy fishing villages, the nearby beaches, and the rugged coastal trails which can be hiked and biked. The owners offer meals from the main home during the summer months, which are delicious. There are also plenty of excellent restaurants close by serving up regional fare. The site is open between February and October every year and a pitch costs around US $30 for 2 adults with children. The easiest way to reach the site is to fly to Faro and hire a rental car, something which you may need anywhere to explore the area around the campsite.

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Lima Escape

The Lima Escape is much larger than the other campsites, but still an excellent camping ground nonetheless. The site is located near to Porto in the north of the country. It can accommodate over 400 guests in a large forested tract of private land, shaded by pine and oak trees. Guests are welcome to bring their tents, campervans, and motorhomes, as well as children and pets. If you want something a little more comfortable, there are glamping opportunities at the site which include two canvas tipis, 2 safari style camping tents, a couple of tree house bungalows and a wooden cabin. All of these have their own double beds, and some have private facilities like bathrooms and kitchenettes. At the site, the facilities are excellent. There are washrooms with hot showers, laundry facilities, terraces with sun loungers and plenty of shade, and even a stage where live events are hosted across the summer months. You'll also find good internet access throughout the camp. Common areas include a covered barbecue area where guests are welcome to cook up camp dinners and eat alfresco. If you can dray yourself away from the natural surroundings of the camp, there is plenty to do. Visit the nearby restored castle, walk along the riverfront, amble through the food markets, of go kayaking. There are a wealth of pretty towns and villages to discover, through a rental car might be needed. For food, you can either cook up your own dinners in the barbecue area or your own kitchenette, grab hot and cold food from the onsite cafe, or dine in the delicious Ageda do Artur restaurant which serves dishes made from local produce and house wines. There are many other dining options in the towns nearby, particularly Lindoso. The campsite is open all year round and is very good value with pitches starting at around US $10 and the glamping options starting from US $70 per night. The best way to reach the campsite is to fly into Porto and hire a car, though there are some more complicated public transport options should you wish.

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Pego Ferreiro

The Pedo Ferreiro campsite is located in the central region of the country, near to the Serra de São Mamede Natural Park and close to the border of Spain. If you're looking for a campsite near the beach, this one isn't for you. The beautiful sierra landscape is ideal for hiking and cycling. There are no places here to pitch your tent or park up your caravan or motorhome. Instead, the site offers three different wooden lodges called The Goat House, Boar Hide, and River Lodge. Don't expect luxury, instead these three units offer rustic charm surrounded by the beauty of the Portuguese countryside. All three are eco friendly. The heating and electricity homes from solar panels and wind turbines. The River Lodge is a simple wooden structure overlooking the river. It's an ideal spot for a couple and comes complete with double bed, composting loo, hot shower, and a little kitchenette. Outside is a pretty little veranda with chairs and a hammock. There is a minimum stay of 3 nights, and it costs around US $500 per week. The Boar Hide is slightly larger and can accommodate up to 6 guests. Inside, the wooden hut, you'll find a double bed, two single beds, and a pull out sofa for kids. There is also an open plan dining and living room area, a hot shower, compost loo and beautiful views over the countryside. You can cook up camp meals on the stove and enjoy al fresco. Its available between Easter and October and there is a minimum of 3 nights stay. One week costs around US $500. Lastly, the Goat House is a brick structure containing a double bed, and two single beds in the loft, perfect for kids. Dinner can be cooked up on the stove, the wood fired range, or the barbecue area outside. When you dine outside, you can look out over a large stretch of the Spanish landscape. Bliss. It's available between Easter and October every year and costs US $450 for a week. There is plenty to do and see in the area. As well as hiking and biking, you can visit some Romain ruins, a 13th century castle, go rock climbing, or even take a tandem paraglide, the perfect way to see the landscape from above. The property grows its own vegetables and fruit on the land, which you are welcome to pick and use for cooking. They also press their own olive oil. There are a range of delicious local restaurants not far from the site.

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Termas da Azenha

The Termas de Azenha lies not far from the coastal and the inland city of Coimbra. The small tract of beautiful private land is available for tents, campervans, and motorhomes. It's a lovely spot with some shade, but there is not electrical or water supply. Unfortunately, pets are not permitted on the site. If you don't want to camp, they also offer a number of comfortable guest rooms in the main house. Though children are welcome, this is a big more of an adult orientated site. As well as the normal facilities including well maintained wash rooms, there is a lovely spa complete with massage rooms, steam baths, and plunge pools. Outside, there are two little swimming pools to take refreshing dips, and a library where you can borrow books to read. As well as hiking and biking nearby, many guests head down to the beach to swim, work on their tan, and even learn to surf on the constant Atlantic swells. At the site, you are welcome to cook up your own meals on barbecues, or alternatively the owners can prepare delicious Portuguese meals with three courses costing just US $15. There are plenty of other restaurants to explore in the nearby villages and towns should you wish. The hotel is open all year around and a pitch costs around US $20 for a tent and 2 adults. The easiest way to reach the site is to fly into Lisbon or Porto and take a train or hire car from there.

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