Barril

An enchanting journey crossing a Nature Reserve by narrow gauge train.

On About one hour’s drive eastwards from Ferragudo is to be found the island beach of Barril. Although this beach is a run of the mill naturist beach, the journey makes arriving worthwhile. Take the A22 Motorway eastwards, towards Spain, leaving at Junction signposted Olhao. On reaching the old N125, Faro to Tavira road, continue eastwards passing through Tavira da la Luz, maybe taking a moment to admire the plasterwork friezes which adorn the elevations of the old churches and cottages in this historic and picturesque Portuguese town. Shortly afterwards, turn right towards the beach, signposted Pedras del Rei. Continue down this countrylane for about 1 km, passing thrugh a small development of holiday cottages. At the end of this road, you will see a barrier and lots of car parking beside the estuary. Leave your car and cross the Baileys bridge and the tiny station is directly in front of you. For €1 you can enjoy an enchanting ride across the estuary to the beach resort of Barril, which offers several excellent beach bars, clean toilets and first aid facilities. The self-service cafeteria is particularly recommended. We appreciated the fresh seafood salad buffet for €8. Excellent value. The beach frequented by naturists is to be found to the left of the beach bars, about 300 meters from the anchor graveyard.

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