We rented one of the newer VW vans and had the BEST time travelling down the West coast of Portugal!
Thanks to Nicolas and Siesta campers for making this trip so easy to organise, the Van was equipped with everything needed for a great holiday!
Have already recommended siesta campers to friends and can't wait to do it again! :-)
A big one ticked off the bucket list - driving a classic VW camper. We were allotted "Apple", a green 1976 Westfalia Berlin Volkswagen camper imported from Canada.
The interior looked very authentic - the real deal. Great attention to detail, right down to the green mugs and cutlery handles!
The van chugs along nicely - you won't get much over 50mph. You will cause tailbacks but you'll also get thumbs up and admiring glances from every other driver coming in the opposite direction. The van is surprisingly easy to manoeuvre. That said, it's small enough inside and heads were banged more than a few times.
Claire was helpful when we had a couple of small queries - it was good to know support was at hand.
Some tips 1) April nights on the Algarve can be pretty cold so you might want to take your own sleeping back 2) You will need midge spray.
As for the Algarve, we were told by friends to head for the wilder west coast rather than the more touristy south and didn't regret it. Beautful beaches and half the time you'll virtually have them to yourself.
We rented a van for a week to visit the algarve with our two kids, aged 10 and 13 and we had a GREAT time! Thanks to nicolas in Lisbon everything was easy. Everytime we had a question he answered and found solutions immediately, an adorable young man. We picked up our van from oriente station and our adventure started... and what a great experience! I had first discovered siesta campers in a documentary (échappées belles) and had been seduced by the concept though we hardly ever go camping!
I love the spirit of siesta campers. They are very pro but they keep in mind our need to sometimes disconnect from our crazy world, to feel free to drive where the road leads you and suddenly take time to enjoy a beautiful sunset drinking a glass of wine and eating delicious oysters!
So do not hesitate and hop on a siesta campers van!
My son and I spent a week traveling Portugal and Southern Spain in a well equipt VW Atlantic. Nicolas met us at the airport as planned and all was professional and detailed. The van was clean and ready for our adventure. This vehicle does very well on the highways and back roads. I booked a California as they are set up better for comfort and ease of use but they had not arrived in time. I would definitely select the California over the Atlantic if you have a choice. Nights were still quite cold in April, so be sure to ask for lots of blankets and maybe even a space heater. All in all the trip was great and staff were always only a phone call away, checking in with us every few days. I would highly recommend this family run company.
Thank you Nicolas and Claire!
My husband and and I and our 6 month old recently got the California and adventured Portugal for 2 weeks. We had such an incredible time and the van was just perfect. Had everything we needed and more. So thankful for siesta campers, making our Portugal experience a special one. We hope to be back and do it again one day. The best way to see all the beautiful sights ❤️
We really enjoyed our trip. One can see there is a lot of love put in the van. So many little details and very functional setting with all you need for your camping adventure. Highly recommended!
We rented the new camper with outdoor shower! That was really confinient after a day on the beach. They take really good care off their campers and everything is included. The company, Claire en Nicolas are friendly and take the time to walk you through the camper, making sure everything is there (table, chairs and all camping gear you need) and tips on where to go and what to visit. They drop you off after renting to you new location nearby. We will difinitely book a second time with them! Thanks