Best Beaches of Tavira
Tavira Island Beach (Playa de la Isla de Tavira) - This is the most popular beach in Tavira. It is located on Tavira Island, just in front of the city, and you have to take a boat along the Gilão River and the Ria Formosa to get there. The boat trip is quite pleasant and constitutes a kind of preview to the dazzling beauty of the island. Please be aware that, due to the popularity of Tavira Beach during the summer, it can sometimes be difficult to get a place on the ship, meaning that you will have to wait for the next one. The campsite is located a few metres from the beach, which means that the beach is also used by park visitors contributing to the impression that the beach is overcrowded. However, if that is the case, just walk a few metres to one side in order to be free from the hordes of tourists.
Playa del Barril - Playa del Barril is located in the middle of Tavira Island and to get there it is necessary to first cross a small floating bridge and then travel a distance of about 1 kilometre on foot or by train. The train ride is quite fun and the absence of glass in the windows will allow you a unique view of the island's biodiversity. The walking path is equally pleasant constituting a good opportunity to learn and explore the local fauna and flora. Playa del Barril is a small corner of paradise with white and serene sand.
Cabañas Beach - To the east of Tavira Island is Cabañas Island, an extensive but narrow stretch of sand. The beach is located in front of the small fishing village of Cabañas. Being a bit windy, the beach is ideal for windsurfing or sailing. The beach can be accessed via small fishing boats.
Narrow Earth Beach (Playa de la Tierra Estrecha) - Also located on Tavira Island, is actually an extension of Barril Beach. The Narrow Earth Beach is a little more isolated and discreet than the rest, allowing you to take advantage of the silence and stillness of the waves in a peaceful escape, sorely welcomed amid the hordes of tourists that ravage the Algarve every year.