Half way up Portugal
Figueira da Foz, Tuesday, 4th September, 2018
We motored all the way north against 10kts wind and arrived where we picked up Tom England and Guy Hoare prior to the ARC 2006. We’d been camping here back in 1979.
Notwithstanding the nostalgia, Nazare is very nice, but has of course expanded a lot in the last 39 years. The marina is a fair way out of town with no bus but even I thought a taxi would be a bit lazy. It only has a few visitor berths of which we took the
last, much to the chagrin of a Frenchman (perhaps there is a God after all); there is also a municipal town quay which we didn’t try. The staff are very proud that, in bad weather, this is the last port to close for 50 miles in either direction. Despite the
small size, we were one of no fewer than 3 Island Packets in the marina.
This boat is exactly like a model we bought 39 years ago and which the children all play with in the bath! Had a fantastic seafood meal with huge crabs and rice with seafood (langosta in tomato sauce). There was excellent food in a small restaurant in the harbour too. Big relief as the Algarve was a gastronomic wasteland! Now in Figueira da Foz where the harbourmaster is conspicuous by his absence leading to berthing chaos.