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Photo above:
Pontoon bridge from the holiday resort Pedras d'el Rei to the island
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Ilha de Tavira
Ria Formosa, Eastern Algarve

Ilha de Tavira opposite Tavira is part of the island chain of the Ria Formosa that extends from Faro to Cacela Velha east of Tavira, protecting the unique lagoon system against the rough Atlantic Ocean.

The island Ilha de Tavira stretches along the coast from the small village of Luz de Tavira to the north-east until reaching Tavira. The famous beach Praia do Barril is located in the centre of the island. Access from the coast at Pedras d’el Rei is by a small pontoon bridge and the 1 km crossing to the island is either on foot or by small train. The former fishermen’s sheds now house various tourist facilities such as toilets, shops and restaurants. Nearby a row of anchors among the dunes is a testament to the glorious past of tuna fishing in the Algarve and these anchors fixed the nets to the ground.

Further to the east the island gets smaller; the small beach Praia da St. Luzia opposite the village of St. Luzia with a width of only 50m is also known as Praia da Terra Estreita (Narrow Beach) .

The main beach of Tavira, Praia da Ilha de Taviraat the eastern corner of the island is located opposite the estuary of the Gilão river, and is accessible by ferry boat from the Quatro Aguas quay in Tavira.

There is also an official nudist beach on the Ilha de Tavira, Praia da Homem Nu on the most western corner of the island.
Photo below:
View from the promenade near Pedras d'el Rei over the lagoon of the Ria Formosa towards Santa Luzia
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