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UFO Sighting Report


February, 1997


Algarve, Portugal


My ex and I were camping in our van in the winter in Portugal. We were cooking supper over a campfire an hour or so after dark. We heard a distinctly "artificial" mechanical noise over heard, like some sort of engine. When we looked up, we saw what could only be described as a "cloaked" ship.....that is we could see the stars shimmering through clearly, but there was definitely something there.

Date Reported:

6/11/2006 2:50:26 AM

Sighting Time: 

don't remember the time



No. of Witnesses: 



a minute or so

Appearance / Description of Object(s)

the object was "cloaked" that is we could see the stars through it, and we might not have noticed it but for the sound.

Size of Object(s)

Hard to say, perhaps several hundred feet in diameter

Distance to Object(s) & Altitude

My impression was that it was about 200 ft directly overhead.

Description of Area / Surroundings

I was a beach area, the dunes were 4-6 ft in height, directly in front of us and between us and the ocean. There was a town perhaps 20-30 kilometers down the road, near the Portuguese/Spanish border (south coast)

Full Description & Details

My wife and I spent 8 years travelling in Europe, playing renaissance music in the north (germany, switzerland, france) in the summers, and vacationing in greece or portugal in the winters. We often camped either with fellow vacationers, or as was the case this time, we sought a little privacy, and more deserted beaches.

We had started cooking a whole chicken over the fire around dusk or perhaps a bit after, and settled in next to the fire, talking and waiting for supper to be ready. I do remember that it was quite dark when we heard a strange noise overhead, moving right to left, or eastwards. It really sounded a lot like some kind of engine....not a jet, but sort of mechanical.....sounds vague....but while it wasn't exactly a "weird" sound, I can't think of anything to compare it to.

There was no doubt that it was artificial in nature. It was fairly dark at the time, and since there were no city lights anywhere nearby, the stars were very bright. As the sound passed overhead, perhaps at 20-30km/hour-no more than that-we could see stars shimmering through whatever it was...like looking down a hot highway in the heat of summer.

There really wasn't much more to the experience.....except in talking about it afterwards, we both thought they were just looking for a deserted stretch of beach to spend the night...just like us.

Can sighting be explained as any conventional man-made or natural object?

Not unless mankind has developed cloaking technology. Someone once suggested that it was a flock of birds....but it was my sincere belief, and continues to be that this was not a natural phenomenon.

Witness Background

College graduate, music. Renaissance musician....instrument builder.

Views on UFOs, before and after sighting

I've always believed that the chances of intelligent life on other planets was a statistical likelyhood. Saying that, I never expected to have any such experience. I'm glad it happened, and wish they'd make their presence more widely known. I never read much about ufo's prior to the experience. Afterword, I was curious to find out if anyone else had experienced a "cloaked" ship before. Thankfully, we weren't the first, although it does seem ro be rare.....whatever that might mean.

Reported Sighting? 


Reported To: 

fellow campers, various friends


Eugene Bienvenue

Your Location: 

Montreal, Quebec, Canada



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