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.