More customs officers than Heathrow

Atlantic Portugal;A special kind of place. Friendly, relaxed and natural. Upon arrival our lines were taken by customs officials and they tied us to the dock. We are berthed next to their 55ft patrol boat which often has about 5 officers onboard, more than you normally see at a Heathrow check in. Having then shown our passports for the second time in 17 years sailing (first time was last week) we were checked in. Our ultra polite customs officer then kindly pointed out the marina reception, the village area and restaurants along the quayside. Once finished with us he returned to the bow of the boat to haul out their lobster pot in the hope of a special addition to dinner.


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