Yesterday we decided on a beach day and headed to Barril beach, on Ilha de Tavira. The beach used to be a really active place for tuna fishing, and as you can see from the last picture, there is an ‘anchor cemetery’ a reminder of the industry that has now left this over-fished patch of land. They were placed there by the fishermen to secure the nets, and now they are just the ghost of the once-thriving industry. You can walk to the beach from the road but there is a mini train running to the beach, pulling into what used to be the tuna station, and from there you can walk up to the fishermen’s buildings (now cafes and shops) and then to the beach.
We had a relaxing day of reading, sunbathing, a little bit of swimming and a lovely lunch. I was really surprised to see a whole veggie section on the menu (which really makes a change, even in the UK) so if you are a veggie and come to the Tavira area I’d recommend a visit. I wore my new t-shirt from my very favourite online store Orange Circle and lazily finished my Caitlin Moran book (which is next month’s book club video, check here)
Really loving Portugal! Where are your favourite spots here?