Two weekends ago I had a lovely day out with my mum and dad, my husband and our son. My mum and dad are one of many that travel around europe in their RV and it was our last chance to spend time with them before they headed to Spain and France. The next time we will be together will no doubt be at the end of the summer when it is not too hot for them in the Algarve.
So we drove from Silves to visit them at Vila Real de Santo Antonio which is right at the border with Spain. They were wild camping directly at the river and it was very beautiful.
After we arrived we had a wonderful walk around before catching the ferry and visiting Ayamonte in Spain. It is a lovely ferry ride and only takes 12 minutes to cross the border and makes a fantastic start to a day out. You can also drive over the bridge in your car which if you drive quite a lot will give you the chance to fill up your car with cheap petrol as petrol in Spain is a lot cheaper than Portugal.
Once we arrived in Ayamonte we had a lovely wonder around the local shops and visited the local church which was very pretty and reminded me both from the outside and inside of my favourite ones in Silves.
We also had dinner at a nice Tapas bar and enjoyed a few drinks at the same time. Generally though with my son in tow we avoid tapas because as I am sure you are aware kids want feeding there and then and tapas often doesn’t appeal to them. The tapas tasted beautiful and reminded me how much that I miss it. We tend to have it alot at home in the summer when we don’t want to slave over a hot stove.
For my first round I had Paella and it was very nice. Paella is in my top 10 for favourite all time meals so I couldn’t go to Spain without sampling some. There was also other delights available such as black pudding, ham, sausages, bread and cheese and kidneys. Not to mention chips and a tapas portion of chips will certainly do your figure proud without you worrying about the weight gain.
It does feel strange though when you are an hour ahead when you visit Spain, though I kept my watch on Portuguese time so that I wasn’t late back. The ferry came once an hour each way so it gave us ample opportunity to choose when we wanted to return home.
The sun also shined for us which is rather unusual for this time of the year so that was an added bonus.
Ayamonte isn’t somewhere that I would consider visiting on a monthly basis, just because we are quite a distance away. With living in Silves the areas that I tend to visit with my family are around Lagos, Portimao and Albufeira. But if I lived in Tavira for example we would certainly go across the border maybe once or twice a month.
I certainly suggest giving it a go with your family and I am sure you will fall in love with it just as much as I have done.