CCDR Algarve sounds alert over resurgence of “wild camping”
While some might argue that the situation has always been bad, the Algarve’s regional development commission has released a statement saying that the region “does not have enough motorhome parks” to meet demand which is leading more and more of these travelling tourists to stay at “illegal parks” or camp out in the wilderness.
This is the gist of a statement sent by the commission to Lusa news agency, which names Faro, Tavira, Portimão, Lagoa, Lagos, Loulé, Olhão and Castro Marim as the municipalities where the situation is worse.
On the other hand, Silves, Vila Real de Santo António and Albufeira are described as the boroughs which have made the biggest efforts to welcome motorhomers.
Somewhere in between are Aljezur, Vila do Bispo and São Brás de Alportel, which CCDR says are taking their “first steps” towards making motorhomers feel welcome.
As the commission told Lusa, the “proliferation of illegal motorhome parks and wild camping” creates a series of issues and also breeds “unfair competition”.
“We have tried to discuss (this matter) with the competent regional authorities, namely the border control authority (SEF), GNR police and the food and economic safety authority (ASAE),” said CCDR, adding that there are plans in the pipeline but that take a very long time to be put into place.
The commission also says that many private landowners are interested in creating motorhome parks but are faced with “obstacles” posed by local councils, and adds that some of Portugal’s laws regarding motorhoming and camping should be fixed and clarified.
According to the Algarve’s official motorhoming website (www.autocaravanalgarve.com), there are currently 29 locations in the Algarve where motorhomers can legally stay overnight.
Silves, Albufeira and Vila Real de Santo António each have three, followed by Vila do Bispo, Olhão, Tavira and Lagos with two.