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Barrinha (Península do Ancão)

Barrinha (Península do Ancão)


Barrinha (Barra de S. Luís) Beach is an area of great natural beauty, with no buildings. Here you can observe the flora of the dune system as well as the many birds that seek refuge and food here, such as the Kentish plover, the ruddy turnstone and the little tern. The configuration of the coastline changes constantly here due to the action of the wind and the waves and, on the other side of the harbour, you can see the wide barrier island known as Ilha Deserta or, alternatively, as Ilha da Barreta, with its dense covering of vegetation. This is a very peaceful and usually deserted area, which you can access from Praia de Faro, either on foot along a long wooden walkway, or by boat.

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Notes: The currents next to the harbour are usually very strong. In order to help preserve the site, you should only cross the line of dunes on the walkways.
Pedestrian access is via a wooden walkway, 1.5 km in length, and a further 1 km walk along the sand. Access from the estuary is by private boat or water taxi. There are no support infrastructures and no lifeguard on duty. Orientation: south-west.
GPS: 36°59'19.41"N 7°58'2.82"W

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