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From the mainland it is a kilometre or so to the Ilhe da Tavira and the beach. To get there, you’ll have to walk across the narrow pontoon bridge and then you have a choice. You can either walk along the cement pathway or take the miniature open-sided train.
The walk is a great way to enjoy the Ria Formosa Natural Park marshlands and the wildlife, with good views of the next village along the coast, Santa Luzia. However, the train is great fun (and significantly easier) if you have a young family in tow. It takes about 10 minutes trundling along at low speed and costs a Euro per person per one way trip.
When you arrive at the destination, you’ll find a number of souvenir and beach shops, a bar and a couple of cafe/restaurants along with toilet facilities. It’s all very clean and ideal for families.
You can reach Barril beach from here over one of the wooden slatted walkways. To the side of one of them are a large number of anchors half-buried in the sand. This is known as the ‘Cemetry of Anchors’ and are apparently from the Tuna fishing boats which used to land here. In fact where the shops and restaurants are was originally a small tuna fishing village.
It is a great beach for kids with a gentle shelf into the sea and fantastic white sand. Barril beach is a Blue Flag beach. The sand stretches miles to both the east and west and you’ll find plenty of space, but if you’re lazy then you’ll have to fight with the rest of the crowds for a space at the entrance. If you like, there are sunbeds and shades for hire here.
"The house was very nice, especially for a family with two kids. It was very good located, close to the beach and close to the swimming pool.
Tavira is a good place particular for familys, not too many tourist and fortunaly without the high buildings that you can find in other places.
The owner was very correct. We haven''t seen him but we could reach him by phone and that worked out quite well. (In each case it is preferable you got the owner''s phone number when you arrive)."
"We spent two weeks at Praya del Rei, it was terrific. The owner Alexandre was always available and his kindness was appreciated. We had a parking space for the car. The villa was clean and pretty, fully equipped. The environment was quiet, and the landscaping very nice. We were close to everything, the reception for questions asked and wifi access, the mini-market and it was easy to reach the ocean, by free toy-train or by foot. We were close to Tavira and the town market."
"A casa estava muito bem equipada e a sua localização é excelente dentro do loteamento. A limpeza do apartamento podia ser melhor. A casa tinha muitas formigas. As camas são muito desconfortáveis."
"Adorámos a nossa estadia, foram duas semanas espectaculares: excelente localização, envolvente natural extremamente agradável, alojamento renovado recentemente, confortável e muito prático, totalmente equipado e com muito boas facilidades de acesso e estacionamento, em local privilegiadamente calmo mas com animação q. b. e um vasto leque de actividades disponíveis. foram duas semanas excelentes, a praia...óptima, e recomenda-se!! Já estamos com vontade de voltar."
Pedras d'el Rei is located in the Natural Park of Ria Formosa 1 kms from the fishing village of Santa Luzia and 2 kms from the city of Tavira.
Lisbon: 2h30 A2
Faro International Airport: 20 minutes on the A22 (Via do Infante)
Spain: 30 minutes on the A22 (Via do Infante)
North 37.09489 °
West -7.67719 °
Within the area of Ria Formosa, Barril beach was one of the most successful adapting to tourism growth. The old buildings that supported tuna fishing, were transformed in shops, bars and esplanades, allowing visitors to fully enjoy this western europe paradise.
Coming from the Pedras d’el rei resort, access to the beach is done through a rustic small bridge or in a local touristic mini-train.
Close to the Barril beach there’s a specific area where naturism is allowed.
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