Siesta Campers was born out of love for all things retro and a passion for the open road. Loyd’s childhood holidays rolled by in a 1971 VW Camper, touring Europe with his parents, forging his love of freedom and a desire to roam.
Later, together with partner Claire, many happy years were spent living and working “on the road.” Claire and Loyd’s first Campervan was built themselves in 1996, constructed on the base of a 1960’s Commer bus. It was the appeal of these stunning classic vehicles and the search for the road less traveled that led them to Portugal, where they slowed their wheels and cemented a base to raise their family.
The next natural step for Loyd and Claire was to continue their mission to celebrate all things vintage and the joys of van life in Portugal. Being extremely competent designers, artists, mechanics, and dreamers, they imported their first vintage VW from New York in 2005. In the shade of a carob tree in their garden they set about restoring it into a show-winning classic VW, and this vehicle remains in Siesta’s growing fleet to this day.
We’ve moved on from restoring underneath the carob tree and our current home is now an original 1950’s service station located in São Brás de Alportel. We restore some of the most expensive vintage VW’s money can buy for international clients, as well as being a focal point for the extended family of VW fans and enthusiasts. We’re proud to help the legion of likeminded VW aficionados continue their van journeys through Portugal; from surfers to climbers, buskers and cyclists.
We also pour our passion into creating some of the most high-tech VW Transporters around. We build our new Campers with a respectful nod to the rich cultural history of the original VW Campervan.