It is our second day in Portosin Marina, a very friendly place to stay and fortunately with helpful engineers on site. Alfredo thinks the problem lies with the valves and/or head gasket so the head is off the engine and it looks like it was leaking between 2 cylinders. They are currently checking the valves and hopefully will also check the injectors as they may also be part of the problem.
In the meantime, Rob and I got the local bus into Noia which is about 8 kms away and spent the day visiting the town, walking the narrow streets and finding the fish market. An amazing array of fish, many of which we had never seen before, were expertly de-scaled and gutted for the purchasers, fascinating to watch.
For centuries a canal was used which enabled craft to access the town itself but this is now badly silted up, although still visible and some boats can still use it at high water.
Just before catching the bus back we stocked up at the supermarket opposite the bus station with all we could carry in our backpacks. The mistake of using a trolley has not been repeated – we have to remember we don’t have a car anymore! There is a good sized supermarket in Portosin at the end of the town towards Noia, basically just above the marina but you need to walk up to the road one higher and turn left. There is a shortcut through the houses opposite the first large building you come to on the right after leaving the marina heading towards the town and fishing harbour.
The marina has fast wi-fi, laundry room with 2 washing machines needing 5×1 euro coins and a dryer. You need a 10 euro deposit for the security gate pass which is returned when you leave. The showers are clean with plenty of changing space in a separate area and there is a hairdryer in the female block. In the 10 days we were at the marina, I had the choice of all 7 showers, even at weekends! A restaurant is located in the office building overlooking the marina and is said to serve good food at reasonable cost. All the staff are friendly and helpful.