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Praia do Barril

Santa Luzia, Algarve

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At Praia do Barril you will find the charm of an old fishing village combined with a fantastic sandy beach and ideal water conditions. This spot, which is popular with young families, lies in the south of the Algarve on Tavira Island, which can be reached in summer and winter via a floating footbridge. Praia do Barril is busy but not overcrowded and you can spend a relaxed day taking long walks to the other three beaches on the island, or enjoy the culinary delicacies in one of the charming bars and restaurants that are housed in the old fishing buildings.

Praia do Barril - Friendly island beach with enticing historic charm

The journey to the island beach of Praia do Barril might be a bit long, but like the beach itself, it is something quite special. To get to Tavira Island, you have to park your car at the far end of the Southern Portuguese settlement of Pedras de El-Rei. From there a floating footbridge leads across one of the Ria Channels. Once you get to the island, a roughly one kilometre walk lies between you and the beach. Alternatively, you can travel there on a little local railway.

Once you get to the beach the first thing you'll see are the old fishermen’s cottages. The charming whitewashed structures and former storage buildings house small souvenir shops and restaurants. They tell the story of this place, where everything once revolved around tuna fishing.

From here a little wooden pathway leads to the beach, which stretches over two and a half kilometres in the middle of the island. The gently sloping sand and comparatively warm water make Praia do Barril a popular destination for young families. In July and August, they run around having fun on the fine, light sandy beach, which is inviting all year round.

Praia do Barril has excellent infrastructure. There are public toilets, showers, lifeguards and a small water sports operator with pedal boats and canoes. You can treat yourself to culinary delights in the Blue Beach Bar or Museu do Atum Restaurant. As well as a charming atmosphere you will find a wide range of delicious food and drinks, plus information about the history of this enchanting place.

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Praia do Barril is suitable for
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: 9/10 points
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At this beach you will find everything you need to spend an enjoyable day with the family.
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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Museu Do Atum Restaurante Map icon
Museu Do Atum Restaurante

Offer: Food, Snacks, Drinks

Price level: Upscale

Exclusivity: High

Clientel: Normal

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Blue Beach Bar

Offer: Food, Snacks, Drinks

Price level: Upscale

Exclusivity: High

Clientel: Normal

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  • Museu Do Atum Restaurante
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    Offer: Food, Snacks, Drinks

    Price level: Upscale

    Exclusivity: High

    Clientel: Normal

  • Blue Beach Bar
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    Offer: Food, Snacks, Drinks

    Price level: Upscale

    Exclusivity: High

    Clientel: Normal

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geo coordinates: 37.093434, -7.650558
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