There’s a little van community parked up by Praia de Furnas: a young British couple with toddler and baby on the way, a sparkly German girl in a blue van with plants galore in her front window, a young French surfer couple and an older Austrian couple who sip wine and nod gently when you pass. By night it’s a place for camp fires on the beach and dinner in one of the many caves when there’s a summer storm. By day it’s a place where climbers come and go (there’s a short wall just meters from the beach), para-gliders soar in the sky above, nude elders saunter nonchalantly around and the local forest family (six children, under six) come to wash and catch dinner. Everyone doing their own thing, respecting each others’ space whilst sharing the beach. Though we didn’t use it ourselves, there’s apparently clean water up the road (over the 2nd bridge, across the field when driving back towards Sagres) and a local lady selling her vegetables every Wednesday. If you’re climbing in the Sagres area, consider this your overnight van spot!
Praia de Furnas – the alternative nudist beach