MIKKI’S PLACE TO STAY IN THE SOUTH OF PORTUGAL
MIKKI’S PLACE TO STAY – I AM BACK IN PORTUGAL AND IT IS TIME FOR A CHANGE OF SCENERY
Last week I had to go back to Germany, because my grandfather was very bad and still is. I spent over a week there and landed two days ago, in the evening with the plane in Faro. It is amazing how cheap you can move between two countries with this distance. All in all, the flights didn’t even cost a hundred euros. For this, of course, you get no special comfort, but for a three and a half hour trip it is quite enough.
Kathy and Muk waited for me for a week and continued our full time vanlife alone. Back in Faro, the joy was great and there was much to report from both sides. The place where we still stood with our two vans was nice and especially cheap, but had some disadvantages. Especially when it was raining or windy, the sandy ground made us very uncomfortable. For this reason and because we wanted to see something new, we decided to drive on.
ACTUALLY MIKKI’S IS A GARDEN CENTER
We landed about sixty kilometers away in Pera, on Portugal’s Algarve. We had three options to choose from, and we headed to each in turn. The first stop was Mikki’s Place to stay. Since we liked the place right away, we didn’t even drive any further, but decided to stay here for a while. Mikki’s original garden center, was stocked with so many things, all handmade. Besides campers, there was pottery art, some animals up to small kangaroos and lots of plants.
So far, we had only ever met a few campers on mostly quite deserted places. At Mikki’s, however, everything seemed to meet that needed a break after long travels. There were only a few free places, but the craziest mobile from different countries. Although we appreciate the remoteness until today, it was after several weeks alone on beaches and in forests a relief to see so many other winterers.
After we had clarified the first questions with the bartender, a Dutchman who also speaks German, we looked at the place. A huge area, which did not seem crowded despite numerous travelers. Lovingly laid out small areas with pottery and plants. Beautifully designed sanitary facilities and pitches. In addition, the price for 2 people, dog and 2 vans with ninety euros for 8 nights including electricity is really a gift. So we set up first and brought order in the travel chaos.
We were lucky and could use a large place in a corner on Mikki’s Place To Stay. So we could position ourselves nicely with our two vans and spend the time relatively undisturbed.
Even the bathhouses were designed in a beautiful and alternative style. You can see that here a lot was made of clay itself, which gave the whole place its charm.
Not least because of the beautifully laid out paths and green surroundings for southern Portuguese conditions, we were taken by the place. Permanently people were busy to put up something new, to position a new plant or to build new paths. The whole or big noise, but obviously with a lot of dedication.
In the end, we liked it so much that we stayed longer than planned. Maybe also because we had briefly searched for a feeling what expresses home, this place was the best choice and met exactly our taste. Definitely worth a visit even in the winter months.
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