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Praia do Barranco

Barrancos, Algarve

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In the south-west of the Algarve you'll find a tolerant and unspoiled bay. Praia do Barranco lies in the heart of a mountainous hilly landscape and is appreciated by free spirits, animal lovers and nature lovers alike. Far away from tourist infrastructure, naturists, walkers and campers enjoy the relaxed atmosphere on this beach. The crystal-clear, refreshing water and the white sand are surrounded by rocks and lush greenery. A strong breeze will blow all your troubles away!

Praia do Barranco - A peaceful, relaxed hippy beach in a natural sandy bay

The natural beach of Praia do Barranco lies in the south-western part of Portugal. It's around nine kilometres' drive from the little town of Raposeira. The route here is not signposted. It runs along an unsurfaced gravel track through one of the most beautiful valleys in the region. A few walking trails lead past it as well.

Nestled in a rich green hilly landscape, the soft, white sandy beach of Praia do Barranco opens up over a wide area that is 200 metres long. On the western side is the mouth of a little stream, which flows alongside the road and then forms a small dune landscape together with the sand.

The water in the small bay is crystal-clear and turquoise blue. Despite this, you should keep an eye out for sea urchins and jellyfish when bathing. There can be spider fish too, as there are throughout the region.

You won't find a single house or restaurant here and there are no water sports on offer. It's just wind, sea and sand in this idyllic corner of the world and it’s these very forces that form the round pebble stones so typical of this section of the coast, known as Rebolinhos. Bathers use them to build semi-circular walls to shelter themselves from the strong wind. They have also been used to create one or two works of art, which you can admire.

A few long-term campers, who have made themselves at home in the large car park, also appreciate the peace and privacy at Praia do Barranco. It's a place where you can do and be just as you please. Dog owners, whose animals bound about exuberantly in the sand without a care in the world, and nude bathers are equally welcome here. The free-spirited atmosphere of this natural, unspoiled bay is also appreciated amongst the gay scene.

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Leonard
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recommends this beach Great beach, shallow water, very quiet, hardly any tourists.
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Every beach is unique. Apart from how the beach looks and its surroundings it is mainly the people and the amenities here which give the beach its character.
Relaxation: 6/10 points
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At this well-equipped beach you can switch off and forget your day-to-day stress.
Family: 4/10 points
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Although this beach is not unsuitable for families, we can't recommend it for you and your loved ones.
Water sports: 1/10 points
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No wind and no waves here mean that this is definitely the wrong place for water-sports enthusiasts.
Party: 1/10 points
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There is nothing going on at this beach and no party in sight for miles.

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