31 August 2008 | Mazagon
After Vila Real we set off to Mazagon. As you approach you have to go out far enough to avoid the end of a pipeline to the refinery, of course it is well marked. There were half a dozen tankers anchored outside the river mouth waiting to go in to the refinery I assume. We stayed 3 nights in the Marina which like Vila Real was mercifully cheaper than Lagos etc.
There were two parts to the marina and we were closest to the cafes and office, the other houses the washing machines. You had to be careful with the showers as they got blistering hot quickly and then it was tricky turning them down. There was free wifi in the bar and excellent tapas and it was there that we caught up with Tim and Bev again one evening. They are on the reserve list for the ARC but if unlucky thought they might over-winter maybe in Almerimar like us.
The roughly 20 minute walk into town was up a very steep hill, which was a killer in the heat of August, especially if on getting to the small supermarket you remember that most shops close in Spain between 2 and 5pm. Still as compensation there is an excellent Heladaria with about 30 or so tempting
ice-cream flavours on the main road. We found a small internet shop, also selling some summer clothes and various oddments in the precinct nearby where we could print up our flight boarding passes. Not much else to get excited about though.