Experience/Condition of Hitchhiking & Wild Camping in Portugal? What about the Laws?

I and a friend are travelling to Portugal soon. Please share your experience of hitchhiking there, and also about wild camping, where is it possible, how strict the law is in connection with that. Other places to stay for free? I heard about fire stations offering free accommodation but some say it is only for the Camino pilgrims.

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    Hitchhiking is a bit more difficult in Portugal than in central Europe but not nearly as hard as in Italy in my experience. Fewer people will stop but the ones who will want to take care of you (I don’t know if only when you’re perceived as a woman) and many want to even buy you dinner/coffee! (Men AND women!) Also hitching to Porto is very easy but leaving is hell. Don’t try to go to the petrol station, hitchwiki suggests to you, there is a new fence.

    • Preston Gleichner
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      I went there because I was desperate. I was going from Porto direction south… it’s true that there is quite a high fence, but I was already there, so the only possibility was to climb it and I did it… so it’s doable…

      • Madelyn
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        Omg I applaud you. I was desperately staring at the fence with my huge backbag and just walked back…

        • Preston Gleichner
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          I didn’t want to spend more money on public transport, I didn’t have a place to sleep… and after 2,5 hours at the junction, I had no other options… Sooo I hang my bag on the fence from the other side, or threw it over… don’t remember… and just found some doable way of climbing over…

          • Madelyn
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            Yeaaa… it took me 6 hours to get a ride away from Porto…

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    Also, I camped for a night in the natural park south of Leiria. To my understanding, it is not illegal but you should ask a permission from some local place blah blah I don’t really know. So if you just do it it’s illegal. I didn’t have any problems but I always make sure to hide my tent well. My friend who has camped on the coast of Portugal said she met a lot of people who do it successfully. So try your luck? 😀

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    I have mixed feelings about hh in Portugal. sometimes is okay, sometimes is super slow.
    the good thing is that given its summer, lots of foreigners are driving up and down and might take you.

    about wild camping, I think it’s against the law to wild camp and it’s more enforced now than before summer but if you conceal your camp and leave early, you should be fine.

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    Hitchhiking in Portugal works pretty well, I use to quickly get a lift but often quite short, but if you are visiting the country it could be even a good things. I camped for over a month, both on the coast (straght on the beach) and inland, it was three years ago, nobody never complained. Portuguese people are generally really friendly and welcoming. Have fun!

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    • Lucas Lueilwitz
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      Thank you so much, I think I’m over-motivated right now 😀

      • Rocio Bauch
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        I forgot, the stuff of fire brigade is true, but please do not over use it…

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    Hitchhiking from cities in Portugal is hard but in the countryside, I heard it´s very easy.

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    Fireman station – Bombeiros… I tried to call their number in Porto – not successful, but in Serta I was… We tried in Lisbon on 3 stations without success… we wild camp many times on or near the gas station… where nobody or almost nobody was going, so we had no problem… we asked one guy if it’s OK to camp on the beach, he told me that no problem, but it’s also good to go a bit further from crowded places…

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