: Barril beach, Terra Estreita
: Santa Luzia
: Benamor, Quinta da Ria
: Santa Luzia
Car: not necessary
The beach Islands of the Ria Formosa are renowned for being really beautiful, mostly unspoilt and uncrowded, awarded EEC Blue Flags for cleanliness and water purity. They extend to 12 km of white sandy beaches reached by foot, boat or by little train.
Barril beach is the closest and is accessed either by foot or mini train, all year long. Santa Luzia beach has a seasonal boat service. Both can be reached within about 15 minutes walk and then a 5 minute ride or short walk.
Tavira Island has a good selection of restaurants and bars plus a camping ground and is more active in the high season, there is a constant boat service.
There are summer cultural events in Tavira and in nearby towns, with open-air cinema festivals, live music, exhibitions, workshops, street theatre and concerts...great for all ages.
In June the MED Festival offers music from all over the world in the old centre of Loulé, with stalls and food served till late.
There are many water slide parks, adventure playgrounds, zoo marine and sand sculpture parks in the Algarve, within 1-2 hours drive away.
Visit the local castles and Roman ruins, across the Algarve and further afield to Alentejo, well worth spending a day or two exploring.
Golf: There are four golf courses in the area. About 5km away is Quinta Da Ria and Quinta da Cima golf course which has beautiful courses on the coast.
Monte Rei is higher quality with fine dining and club house.
Travel: Car hire is optional, as bicycles can easily be hired and delivered locally and are suitable for the terrain and distances.
We can help to hire cars and organise taxi and minbus transfers, please enquire.