Getting Settled in Manta Rota.

Tuesday 27th January 2015

A very bright start to the day, a bit cool in the morning but by 9am the sun was warming the van. The morning was spent having showers and washing hair and having a general tidy up. We were just about to go into town to see if we could find some wholemeal bread rolls for lunch when there was a knock on the door. Usually when we hear this noise it is someone trying to sell us something but when John opened the door it was an English lady asking us if we knew anything about Skype. It turns out that she had got it installed on her laptop but that had broken so she wanted to use her phone instead. Unfortunately she didn’t know either her Skype username or password so we invited her in and I helped her set up a new account. She wanted to Skype her granddaughter in the evening and said she would let us know if she got it to work! I wasn’t holding my breath!

We found the supermarket located on the main road through the small town and got our bread rolls. We bumped into Wenda, the afore-mentioned lady with her husband Michael. He was obviously a bit concerned that his wife had put us to a lot of trouble but of course I could have easily have said no. There is no hurry to life here so you have more time for people, an interesting thought in this hectic world we inhabit.

The square near the seafront in Manta Rota. I'm sure this would look a bit more lively in summer!

The square near the seafront in Manta Rota. I’m sure this would look a bit more lively in summer!

After lunch we walked the other way along the beach to Altura. There were lots of vans parked on a bit of rough ground next to the carpark obviously free-camping. There is a no motorhomes sign in the carpark but their presence was obviously being tolerated bringing much needed custom to an otherwise deserted town. It seemed to be more developed as a resort with more villas and apartment blocks than Manta Rota but there really wasn’t much going on. I’m sure it would be a different matter in the summer.

Looking along the dunes towards Altura.

Looking along the dunes towards Altura.

One of the many walkways down to this beautiful beach.

One of the many walkways down to this beautiful beach.

Looking West towards Tavira.

Looking West towards Tavira.

Another view looking West!

Another view looking West!

We found a laundrette by chance and enquired about the cost of a wash. They charged by weight €10 for a 6kg wash and €20 for a 12kg wash. I’m not sure how much our washing would weigh but it sounded quite expensive. I suspect it would most likely fall into the 12kg category! Might have to attempt some hand washing I think! One of our British neighbours had two lines of washing out this morning and managed to get it all dry so we’ll maybe give it a go!

When we got back from our walk we arrived at the van at the same time as our immediate neighbours Viv and Craig. They had just got back from a cycle ride to Tavira. They said it was on quiet back roads so who knows we might give it a go! Viv also pointed out a few good places to stay although we didn’t take a note. We probably should have!

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