Garden Playanatural Hotel & Spa
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Good start to the day and set our course for Portugal stopping off for a lunch stop at Isla Cristina, which is a bustling fishing port and town. They have good facilities for the fleet; plenty space. They must have some sort of nautical college here as well because the free fall lifeboat training rig was on the quayside. It was a bit rough looking in places with neglect in the rubbish dept. Though one guide book ...
... trees? Anyway we arrive in Faro and our transport shuttle is there to meet us for a leisurely 90 minutes drive to Huelva in Spain. Along the way we see more orange trees. Had to have 3 modes of transport as it's not possible to hire a car in Portugal and drop off in Spain. No trains from Lisbon to southern Spain. All good. Arrived in Huelva Spain around 8 pm, but the sun doesn't go down until 10.30! A quick shower then we hit the street ...
... 25 May 2015
My birthday! We took the ferry and headed for Vila Real San Antonio (on the Portuguese side) in search of a special final Portuguese lunch but didn't manage to find exactly what we were after so headed back to Ayamonte for some tapas.
Oh before that we tried to help one yacht which ran aground just as it was leaving the entrance of the marina – it hit the mud pretty ...
... gradually get bigger the more inland you get. And it's interesting to see the differences between the Spanish and Portuguese sides, the Portuguese being more rural with many derelict farm houses and the Spanish (especially near the entrance) more modern with many apartment blocks being built. We anchored in a lovely spot and sat around in the evening watching and listening to
nature. Just idyllic. We even saw a snake swimming from one side of the river to the other.
Monday 11 May 2015
After servicing the outboard we took the ferry back to Olhao for further provisioning. Went to the market and stupidly forgot that fishmongers don't generally open on Monday's, so missed out on buying some more seafood. But, there was a small trader where we bought some oysters for 5 Euro and a great big bag of clams for 12 Euro.
Tuesday 12 May 2015
We moved the boat a mile further down the estuary. We thought we'd ...