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Message posted by sennen26 on 09/10/2018 at 6:43pm
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As I have mentioned we would like to go to Portugal next year anytime time from this Dec to end of March.

I am so confused about sites I have been told that I need to book sites and that if I used ACSI Card I will not get a decent pitch or some sites only have a few acsi pitches. I looked at doing a rally with the CCC but don't like being charged £75 extra because they did not book my crossing but if all else fails I will think about paying that extra £75 to get decent Electric and decent pitch. I assume that Spain will be the same.

I don't like the idea of rallying because you are stuck there and if you don't like the area you have already paid for the site.

We are used to just turning up and getting a site but I understand that this will not be possible over the winter months.

We have a dog and a cat and because of Brexit we need to be back by 29th March I don't trust the government to get this sorted out in time so will not risk it with the animal after that date.


I just do not know what to do for the best O and I hate being in one place longer than a week. If I use one of the clubs to book my site will I get a better pitch.


So many questions I need answering.


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Message posted by neil and lena on 09/10/2018 at 8:20pm
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you have to cross the channel somehow so why not book whatever route you prefer through the C&CC Carefree travel service .   Using Eurotunnel also counts as well as any ferry route and avoids the £75 surcharge .                      The rallys in Portugal are at Camping Albufiera and Camping Turiscampo both good sites with plenty to do in either area Why dont you do 3 weeks at each , I doubt you will be disappointed

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I already have my crossing from eurotunnel I brought 10 crossings.


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Message posted by iwalani on 09/10/2018 at 11:31pm
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I think it's extremely unlikely that you'd need to book sites in the winter. We've never had any trouble turning up on spec. The only time we booked was for a week over Christmas itself, but even then the site had quite a few empty spaces so we needn't have bothered.

The exception might be the sites which are most popular with British campers - places like Turiscampo in Portugal, and La Manga, Bonterra Park etc in Spain - but we tend to prefer quieter sites, and there are dozens to choose from.

We use ACSI sites wherever possible and have never found this affects the availability or quality of the pitches. Like you we don't like staying in one place for long, and rallies are definitely not our cup of tea.

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We’ve been to the CCC rallies for two years and off on the next trip at the beginning of December. The first year was just trying it out, not really expecting much, but we’re totally hooked and have made some lovely friends out there who we’ve met up with in this country since too.

Rallies are not what they are over here for a weekend. There are lots of things to do but you don’t have to do anything. Over Christmas and New Year there are meals usually followed by a disco. There are weekly quizzes, entertainment, boules, trips out to markets etc. But as I say, take it or leave it. You also, of course, have lots of local knowledge from the wardens and other campers who’ve been going for years.

You’re leaving it a bit late to book now, I know that La Manga is full already.

We use ACSI sites going down to Portugal in December and have never booked, although you need to plan a bit as a lot are closed through the winter until March.

If you’ve bought tunnel crossings, can’t you keep those and book again with the CCC? Even taking £75 into account, it’s very little if you spread it over a 3-month stay, bearing in mind your pitches will only be about £10 a night.

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We were last in Portugal for winter 2 years ago, when we arrived at Ria Formosa campsite at Tavira in mid January we were told not one space for next 2 weeks, we then tried the 3 sites around Moncarapacho,Olhao, Fuseta - no pitches at all. We got as far along as Orbitur in Quateira before there were pitches to be had. Two weeks later friend came same route and found plenty of spaces.

We also tried many of the aires and camperstops as we came along - again all full.

It really was the busiest we have ever come across in Portugal, at the time we were being told that the police were moving wild campers so it may have been just a week or two when they were moving onto sites.

I am not sure Orbitur sites are every totally full, but many of the other sites seem to be booking up. When we arrived at Turiscampo towards the end of the January they had 2 pitches available.

Others will have been last year and will know situation better. Would say in our experience that many of the small 6-20 pitch sites are getting booked up more in advance for the long stayers.

As we headed North from the Algarve there were pitches a plenty at campsites. My call would be if you don't want to book then don't but you may need to look around over a wider area for a campsite and even head away from the coast a bit further.

Or you may find you are a couple of weeks either side of the time we struggled and be fine. Just passing on our experience.

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Compared with Spain, Portugal is much smaller and has fewer camp sites, so it may be harder to find vacancies. As Dot P said, we've never had any problems finding a pitch at an Orbitur site, but the quality can vary a lot from good to pretty basic. Also bear in mind that as you move north from the Algarve area the weather gets cooler.

If you're not absolutely set on the idea of Portugal you may find a lot more availability in Spain. In winter it's warmest from Valencia southwards.

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