12th August – Driving the west coast and chasing the wind – Penich – Baleal – Foz do Arelho – Figueira da Foz

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I pushed on North to check out the famous surf towns of Peniche and Baleal. They are supposed to offer good kitesurfing when the condition are right so I was hopeful to get back on the water.

Unfortunately there was no wind and almost no swell so I took the chance to chill for a few days, did some riding around on my bike, and found some more spots to free camp. It was a nice place to spend a few days and relax but the wind forecast was looking better further North so I decided to leave the surf town and head to Foz do Arelho, Portugal’s largest lagoon.

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Finding the lagoon I randomly bumped into a man I had met about 3 weeks ago in the Algarve, Sebastian, a kitesurfer from France, and managed to have a few hours kiting on the lagoon. The wind was gusty, but it was good to get on the water.

Again, another night free camping!

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The morning bought no wind at all, so I decided to keep heading North, aiming for Figueira da Foz.

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This was a vibrant and busy city with a nice marina, loads of hotels and people, and a nice place to be. I am sure I read that it has the highest concentration of casinos in Portugal, and you could definitely sense there was a lot invested in the area.

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Again, I managed to free camp but the information I had read about the wind being ‘thermally strengthened’ in the summer time did not seem to be true so no kite session here.

Still, my cooking skills are getting better, I came up with a dry cured / smoked ham, spinach, and mushroom omelette (amazing taste from the ham), with a tuna, feta and spanish onion salad.

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Definitely need to get out more……

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