Taking A Break
Believe it or not it turns out that this cruising lark is quite hard work. Now I know that statement is probably a bit hard to swallow for most of you so let me explain.
Although we’ve been enjoying our trip, taking our time and exploring as we go there’s no getting away from the fact that we’re still passage making. Apart from the physical demands of actually sailing the boat I find that after a day in port my mind starts turning to the next leg, I’m planning, plotting, watching the weather and making decisions about when and where to go next and I find it stops me relaxing.
We both decided we needed a break, somewhere we could drop the anchor for a while, chill out, take stock and prepare for the final legs of this voyage down to the Algarve.
A few miles down the coast from Nazare we found the perfect place, São Martinho do Porto. It’s a natural, shell-shaped, shallow lagoon with a very narrow entrance. It’s perfectly sheltered inside but can only be entered or exited in good weather. We picked a good day to come in and we’ll have to wait for a good day to get out!
We’re anchored in a few metres of water quite close to the beach, there’s a little slipway to land the dinghy, there are shops in the town and an Inter Marche supermarket 15 minutes walk away. We can get water on shore and it’s free to anchor.
São Martinho do Porto is a pretty resort town and at this time of year it’s very busy, during the day the water is buzzing with pedalos, dinghies, and jetskis but at night it’s surprisingly quiet. It suits us just fine for now. To be honest the weather hasn’t been hot as we’d like and yesterday was pretty dull and windy, on the other hand maybe we’re just getting greedy! There was a spectacular sunset the other night mind.
Here are a couple of other shots to leave you with an impression of the place.