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      Legal campers choosing the Algarve

       Across the Algarve, you are able to find people camping illegally however, it was inside a
       legal site that The Portugal News met with two couples to show their way of life and the                                  N      Paula Martins
       legal side of camping in the region.

                                                                               and cycles. At 76 years old,   “They clean everything   experience of camping le-
                                                                               Eduard only has 75       three times a day, in the   gally in the Algarve is very
                                                                               percent of his lung capacity   legal camping sites, which   positive there are of course
                                                                               due to lung cancer, however   is good”, in his opinion.   some down sides.
                                                                               he highlights how happy he   He added: “In March and   The only negative point
                                                                               is in the Algarve: “My life   April they closed the bath-  that Eduard Bolsius
                                                                               here is golf, walking, cycling,   rooms, but we have one in   stressed is the lack of
                                                                               swimming and I read a lot -   our caravan, so there was   privacy, but “we learn how
                                                                               I’m glad to be here”, he said.   no problem”.    to deal with this”, he as-
                                                                               The same can be said of   Regarding security, the   sured. The social contact,
                                                                               David and Lesley Jones   two couples emphasise   the nice environment and
                                                                               from Wales, another couple   the good behaviour of the   the feeling of being home
                                                                               who also live 6 months   Portuguese people, who   compensates for this,
                                                                               per year, from 2013, in the   maintain safe distances and   “that’s why we don’t go to
                                                                               Algarve at Alvor Camping.   respect the security rules.   hotels and apartments”.
                                                                               David Jones` routine is: “I   They feel safer here than in   David and Lesley Jones
                                                                               walk around 6 or 7 km in   their home countries - less   could only find one dis-
                                                                               the morning and after I   infected and encountering   advantage: “It is very far
                                                                               ask Lesley ‘Darling, what   generally better behaviour.  from home”, they said.
                                                                               do you want to do today?’”,   While on the whole the
                                                                               he said.
                                                                               David and Lesley Jones
                                                                               choose camping because
                                                                               they like to be active and       News in Brief
      David and Lesley Jones from Wales choose the Algarve to spend six months a   leave the site to go shop-
      year on a legal campsite                                                 ping occasionally because
                                                                               it “is cheaper”, she said and   Portugal with jump in asylum
                                                                               he agreed. However, they
               hose living on   a month of classes and 18   even outside the camp site.  don’t need to go out every   requests
               the legal sites in   years of living in Portuguese   “Mister Fernando” the   day. They have everything
               the Algarve said   territory with his wife Jolein,   owner of the camping   at the site including a min-  Portugal last year recorded one of the biggest jumps in
      T that they feel         at least 6 months a year, he   Canelas is also close to   imarket, swimming pool,   asylum requests, with this number rising by just under
      safer and share one thing   is more than used to the   the people and is always   masseuse and manicure   40 percent. The increase is the third largest of all OECD
      in common: “camping feels   Portuguese culture. Al-  updating them about the   inside the camping park.   member states, only surpassed by Mexico and Spain,
      like home and we have all   though he says no, he does   Covid 19 new rules. “We   Also, the camping is huge   who also saw requests soar due to the crisis in Venezue-
      the conditions to live well”.   already mix Portuguese with   have all the information   so they can take walks   la, Columbia and Honduras. Overall, Portugal recorded
      When we arrive at the    English and is able to have   we need, we feel safe”, said   around the park.   1,735 applications, with the majority coming from Angola,
      Camping de Canelas in    occasional conversations   Eduard Bolsius.      The question arises – do you   followed by The Gambia and Guinea-Bissau.
      Armação de Pêra, we are   with his neighbours and the   When we visited his   get the same conditions if
      welcomed with a smile    members of the Canelas   caravan, we realised that   you choose illegal camping?   Shipments of asbestos waste to
      from Eduard Bolsius, who   team that have known him   his reality was much   Eduard says no. “This is
      takes us to the camping’s   for some 18 years.   better than we could have   immediately out, because   Portugal more than triples
      coffee shop, we find the   As we arrive at the coffee   imagined. The caravan had   the legal camp sites have
      spot where he goes every   shop, Bolsius greets each   a space attached to it that   everything we need, but it   The amount of asbestos-containing rubbish shipped
      morning to drink his “bica   person he passes with a   made a living room and   costs money. Illegal camp-  to Portuguese landfills from abroad more than tripled
      cheia” (full expresso) and   smile. He is already known   outside there was a garden   ing does not have any form   last year, alarming environmentalists and locals alike
      watch television while he   by everyone. Eduard Bolsius   and small yard. It was   of organisation and takes   due to the carcinogenic and other health risks from the
      learns a bit of Portuguese   starts to talk about how   warm inside, very warm   people away from where   material. Environmental agency APA said in a report
      with the help of subtitles.  he feels welcomed and   for a cold day, and com-  they should be camping”, he   that 1,684 tonnes of debris and construction waste
      Bolsius is from the Neth-  embraced by the whole   fortable.             says.  The hygiene, nowadays   containing asbestos arrived in the country in 2019 from
      erlands and already knows   community – Portuguese,   Eduard has a very active   more than ever, is an im-  Greece, Malta, Nigeria and Oman, compared with 496
      a bit of Portuguese, after   foreigners and also the staff,   life, he plays golf, walks a lot   portant point to highlight.   tonnes the year before.
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