Barril Beach

I have been on a lot of trains in my life, but never a miniature one that goes over a small pontoon bridge through the Ria Formosa and then to the beach. It’s a short and fun trip and if you’re staying at Pedras D’el Rei it’s for free! If you want to walk, it’s about 15-20min from the bridge to the beach.

The train stops at what was once a tuna station and all of its buildings have been converted into cafes, restaurants, toilet and other tourist facilities. A great sight are the numerous huge iron anchors – called the anchor cemetery – which are a remainder of the tuna fishing boats that used to land here.

Praia do Barril / Barril Beach is one of the calmest beaches on the Algarve’s south coast and holds a blue flag.  There are sunbeds and shades for hire. If you arrive at the beach, turn right and keep walking for a couple of kilometres you will find the only official nudist beach in the Eastern Algarve.

A picture is worth a thousand words so here’s a little photo story:

The journey through the Rio Formosa

The journey through the Rio Formosa

 

Miniature beach train at its final destination

Miniature beach train at its final destination

 

The beach is close...

The beach is close…

 

Praia do Barril

Praia do Barril

 

Atlantic ocean at the Gulf of Cádiz

Atlantic Ocean at the Gulf of Cádiz

 

Anchor cemetery

Anchor cemetery

 

Great fish and seafood restaurants

Great fish and seafood restaurants

 

One of the many great eating options near the beach

One of the many great eating options near the beach

 

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