Just days after the GNR police imposed 77 fines for illegal motorhome parking in the Costa Vicentina Nature Reserve, the Algarve Tourist Board (RTA) launched a new campaign encouraging motorhome owners to park in official campgrounds and caravans.
The campaign, entitled “Don’t be left out”, urges these tourists to “use the space and infrastructure provided for campers so that they can enjoy the Algarve all year round”.
In the Algarve there are around 30 places where motorhomes can park legally, including campsites, RV parks and service areas, all of which can be found online at www.autocaravanalgarve.com.
The campaign also includes videos with feedback from frequent users of these facilities, as well as a physical guide with information about the sites and a list of recommendations on the good practices expected from travellers.
The initiative is also promoted through posters and on social media sites such as Facebook and Instagram.
“The Algarve is the most popular destination in Portugal for motorhome owners who come here mostly in winter and spring (between January and May)”, said João Fernandes, the Algarve’s Tourism Director.
“It’s in the region’s interest to promote official websites that offer travellers the quality they expect from a first class destination.
“The campaign aims to promote good practice; we continue to see unacceptable situations in areas where motorhome owners are staying illegally”, he added.