Driving into or out of Portugal
The northern part of the N-13 coast road is pretty rough, like most roads in Portugal. I would only recommend taking this road if you are visiting towns such as Vila Praia de Ancora on the coast. Otherwise taking the toll roads to destinations further south is a better option.
Vila Praia de Ancora
Vila Praia de Ancora is a pretty town, and a great first or last stop in Portugal. The town has several shops, including several Bazaars that may have equipment you might need. The beaches in this area are excellent, especially for surfing. This is a great base for exploring the beaches. The Sereia da Gelfa campsite is very cheap out of season.
Campsites in Vila Praia de Ancora
Sereia da Gelfa
Tel: 258 911 537
Pinhal da Gelfa, 4910-012, Ancora
A campsite with lots of facilities, although a little neglected. Well south of the town of Vila Praia de Ancora, don’t follow the earlier campsites signs on the left. Pass the Intermache supermarket on the right, its just after. Lots of residents, so can be hard to find a free pitch. Great for surfers looking for a cheap base out of season. Open 15-Jan to 15-Dec. Cheap.
Free camping in Vila Praia de Ancora
Many vans camp at the Fortim de Cao. It is signposted, south of the town, by Sereia da Gelfa campsite. Check the Sereia da Gelfa campsite out of season though, it’s very cheap. Toilets can be found at the back of the tourist information office by the beach.