GNR police carried out a surprise swoop on illegal camping and motorhoming in Silves, “particularly in Armação de Pêra”, on Tuesday (February 2).
Ten people were issued fines for “spending the night or parking outside of the designated areas for doing so”.
The GNR added that the new changes to the Código da Estrada (Highway Code) have introduced fines ranging between €60 and €300 for these offences, or between €120 and €600 if the offence is committed in a Rede Natura 2000 area or any other protected area.
In October, the Algarve’s tourism board (RTA) launched a campaign encouraging motorhomers to “make the right choice” and park up at one of the region’s 35 official camp and caravan sites (click here).
Said the RTA, the goal was to “discourage motorhomers from parking in other areas which lack adequate infrastructure and services”.
A list of the Algarve’s official camp and caravan sites can be found online at www.autocaravanalgarve.com