About 3Km west of Tavira, the delightful fishing village of Santa Luzia has some excellent seafood restaurants. The beautiful Barril beach is within walking distance, however it's quite a long walk and the less ambitious may prefer to use the train service.
St Luzia's beach is known locally as Terra Estreita, meaning 'narrow land' as it is at the point of the Ihla de Tavira where it is at its narrowest between lagoon and sea. The beach has fewer facilities, is less busy and has a calmer and quieter air than its two neighbours Barril - to the right - and Tavira - to the left. And hey, the boat ride out there is fun.
To get to St Luzia's beach, you catch one of the water taxis from the middle of the promenade in the town. A jetty with floating quay was built in 2008. The boats whisk you away up the lagoon of the Ria Formosa in the direction of Tavira. They will drop you at a wooden pontoon on the other side, from where you can then walk on a wooden pathway over the dunes to the beach.
In Santa Luzia you can find: Restaurants, Bars, Cafés (one selling freshly baked bread), Supermarkets and Shops
Approximate Driving Time to Airports: Faro - 35 minutes, Lisbon - 2 hours 50 minutes and Porto - 5 hours, 20 minutes