Barril beach is very easy to find, and well worth a visit... or two. From the N125
main road, on the eastern outskirts of Luz de Tavira, you will see a large signpost,
from where you turn off the N125. From this junction, you are less than 2 minutes
away, driving south over a railway bridge, following the gently winding road down
to Pedras d’el Rei. In next to no time, you will see the waterfront ahead of you
and as you reach the bottom of the road, you have two choices. You can either park
on the coastal road - as the road bends to the left in an easterly direction towards
St Luzia, or you can park to the right, (westwards), in the large open parking space.
The alternative route to Barril beach, would be from Tavira, following signposts
to St Luzia. Upon reaching St Luzia, you will eventually reach the same coastal road
mentioned above, and as before, you can park on that road, or further along in the
open parking space.
Now that you have parked, walk along the short track to the waters edge, where you
will see the pontoon. The pontoon is a very sturdy affair, and everyone must at least
walk this part to reach Barril beach. Having crossed this narrow channel of water,
you now have two choices. You can walk all the way to the beach, an enjoyable walk
and shouldn’t take much more than 10 minutes or so, or let the ‘train take the strain’.
There are a couple of narrow guage trains which trundle back and forth all day, and
depending on how hot it is, and how much you are carrying...the additional cost just
might be worth it. The 2012 single fare to Barril beach cost Euros 1.20, and you
can always treat yourself to just one way, if you wish...
At the end of the line, (and footpath), you will arrive at what was the fishing village,
(for the fishermen and their families), but is now a collection of bars and eating
places. There are also public conveniences on the east side of the buildings. As
you make your way to the beach you will walk past a huge “Anchors’ Cemetery’ a fascinating
collection of anchors lined up in the sand dune.... Just a few metres further, the
fabulous Barril Beach...
How to get to Barril Beach in the Algarve.
Welcome to Barril beach...
The track to the pontoon
The pontoon from Pedras d’el Rei. Look down, and you may see lots of fish !
From the other side, looking back towards Pedras d’el Rei
You can walk alongside the railway track... Or take the train
St Luzia a little further along the coastal road.
The ‘station’ at Barril beach
The bars and eating places
Just a few of the many many anchors left in the sand dune
Barril beach. Hire a Sunbed... or walk a little, and find a nice spot to lay your
New for 2014, the large open space mentioned in the opening paragraph, has been surfaced
and made into a large ‘proper’ car park.... and what a car park it is. Unfortunately,
you now have to pay for parking and as at October 2014, this is the only car park
for Barril beach. The early birds amongst you can still park for free along the coastal
road, (towards St. Luzia), but spaces are limited compared to the 540 designated
spaces that this car park provides.
When visiting Barril beach, the parking charge is 60c for the first hour and 80c
per hour thereafter. There is no overnight charge and the first 15 minutes is free
- presumably to give you time to find a space... for this is a very large car park
Looking eastwards towards the Barril car park entrance