One of the best beaches of the eastern Algarve, praia do barril in Pedras d’el Rei, Tavira, mixes the best of a beach with golden sands and clear waters and the history and heritage of this region. Part of the island of Tavira which extends for 10Km, from Tavira to the town of Fuseta, this beach is perfect if you want to escape the larger crowd of the main beaches. Being part of the Ria Formosa nature park means this is a protected area and a small haven for small saltwater aquatic life and migratory birds, while ensuring that the touristic development is kept in check, maintaining it’s unspoilt appearance.
The beach was once the location of a small tuna fishing community, and the anchor graveyard is a rusting reminder of this past. The former fishermen huts, now converted to cafes, restaurants and shop’s are a refreshing change from the normal touristic beach facilities. But if you have kids probably what will leave a strong impression is the miniature train that transports people from the mainland to the beach, a otherwise 1,5km walk, from Pedras d’el Rei all the way to the beach.
We loved it and so did our son.
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