This was the first glimpse of what we imagined surfing in Portugal to be like. Unpopulated rocky beaches followed for hundreds of miles with more beaches and empty land. The occasional crenelated old town like Sines was the only pattern changer. There isn't much tourism here, the scale of the landscape far outweighs its population.
Despite the lack of official camper van sites we found the Intermarche luckily had free water and pay per go washing machines.
We drove up the coast checking spot after spot, the small waves were peaky and fun. Only a handful of other camper vans and some local surfers were to be seen. It's no problem to bed down for the night overlooking the sea, the Sines port lit up the sky.
The next day we drove south to Porto covo, a town with potential and full of pretty coves. The council were busy building new footpaths and car parks to attract next seasons tourists.
The fun waves and relatively empty beach breaks in the area south of Sines made it somewhere we would gladly return.