Barril beach Barril beach, Eastern Algarve, Portugal

Trains, anchors and miles of sand...

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Barril beach is on Ilha de Tavira. Ilha de Tavira is about 18 km long and Barril is about in the middle of it. Walk left - to the east - and you will come to St.Luzia's beach at Terra Estreita, and then eventually Tavira beach right at the end of the island. Walk right - to the west - and eventually, after about one to one and a half hours, you will come to the tip of the island at Pinheiro. Barril is a BIG beach.

The beach is much loved of children because of the miniature train out to it. Where the train pulls up at Barril beach, you arrive at what once was a tuna station. The buildings are still standing and have now been converted into cafés, restaurants, toilets and other facilities for tourists. You will see further evidence of the old tuna station in the remains of just one of the old wooden boats (now being consumed by plants), in a 'graveyard' of huge iron anchors and in rusted metal cable occasionally protruding from the dunes - all of which was used to secure the massive tuna net to the sea bed.

At the entrance point, the beach is invariably busy in summer. But walk either way - and especially to the right - and you will find acres of space on which to prop your brolly and stake your claim for the day.

Also to the right, you will come to the only officially sanctioned nudest beach in the Eastern Algarve, so skinny dippers and full-body tanners make this way. To watch a short Barril beach video, click the picture below.

Access to Barril beach

Park the car at Pedras del Rei (busy in August), close to St.Luzia, walk over the pontoon bridge across the lagoon, and then you have two choices: the energetic and the frugal can walk out along the path all the way to the beach (takes a leisurely ten mintues); the lazy, the joy riders, the kids small and large and the spend-thrifts can blow a euro a ride and take the miniature train.

Facility Comment
life guard YES - centre only
cafe YES - several
parking YES - busy in season
restaurant YES - several
sunbeds YES
Facility Comment
sun shades YES
toilets YES
pedalos YES
canoes YES

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