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“Wonderful beach, friendly cafe, haunting memorial” 5 of 5 bubbles
Review of Praia do Barril

Praia do Barril
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Doncaster, United Kingdom
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“Wonderful beach, friendly cafe, haunting memorial”
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed August 26, 2013

My family loved this beach. Parking in Pedras De El-Rai was straight forward along the lagoon front road. The train trip across the salt marsh is worth the money for families with young children in the heat of summer (under-5s go free).
The beach has a gentle gradient, especially at low tides. We had a day with waves which were fun for bodyboarding without being too strong for the novice swimmer. Another day was completely calm and we could have been in a fun pool at home.
We stayed in the section of beach with a lifeguard, but for the more confident swimmer there was miles of sandy shoreline to explore.
Barril Beach Cafe has an excellent multi-lingual menu including Eastern Algarve specialities; children's menu; fresh juices and milkshakes made to your own flavours; numerous inventive vegetarian and vegan dishes; pizzas; burgers; crepes & ice-cream. The ice-cream sundaes were overpriced, but the local deserts were fairly cheap and much better. We visited several times as there was something for everyone in the famiy (including me, the demanding vegetarian) and the service was friendly and quick.
The tuna net anchor memorial to the fisherman who never returned to Barril station is a stark reminder of the cruelty of the sea and a moving place to visit as the shadows lengthen.

Visited August 2013
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Faro, Portugal
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“Long Sandy Beech”
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed August 17, 2013

Best beech to soak up the sun with miles of golden sand beech bar/restaurant to reach the beech you cross over a river after parking the car and can walk the 1 Km or take the small train around 1 euro each way . at the beech there are sun beds to hire and parasols if you need them good sea temperatures in summer around 21 c approx. try it out.

Visited August 2013
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Asiego, Spain
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“a visit to the 'Anchors'”
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed August 13, 2013

A very relaxing place right on the beach. Service excellent..but this is generally common in Portugal. An impressive situation on a superb beach. best to walk there and catch the 'train' back!!

Visited June 2013
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Dublin, Ireland
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“Greta beach and excellent facilities”
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed August 10, 2013

Wow!!!!!! water so clear staff really friendly excellent choice of bars and restaurants went twice nice little train journey can't say enough about this place you have to go there!!!!!!!!

Visited July 2013
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Dublin, Ireland
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“Nice day at the beach”
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed August 8, 2013

worth a day trip good restaurants nice food fun going over on the train but go early as parking can get a bit tight

Visited July 2013
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