Peaceful, tranquil, serene and beautiful are just a handful of words I could throw at our wild camp spot at the Nautical Centre just a few kilometres from the lovely Monsaraz, Alentejo, Portugal.
In terms of facilities there were none so if you plan to stay here be sure to pack food, water, loo roll, wet wipes and some rubbish bags other wise you might come a little unstuck. That said, Monsaraz is around 4 kilometres away so you could drive up there for provisions and to use the public toilets.
The wild camp spot is right on the lakes and is a lovely place to rest up for the night. We stopped by a picnic table on a small plot in between two lakes. A jetty and a few boats were our only company, well, those and the myriad of wildlife which sang, chirped, howled, buzzed and splashed us to sleep.
Wild camping is supposedly illegal in Portugal, especially near beaches, but this spot is well inland and deep in rural country. We weren’t bothered by anyone, not even police.
Come the morning we awoke to a gentle sunrise over the stunning blue lakes, rolling green hills and half bare trees. It was an amazing prospect to wake up to and a perfect welcome back into the world.
All in all, the wild camp spot at the Nautical Centre near Monsaraz, Alentejo, Portugal is truly wild, quiet and safe; only let down by the lack of easily accessible facilities. Still, you won’t care about that once you see the place.
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