A photo walk to the beach

A walk to the beach from where I live always involves crossing water, so I’m starting from the bridge at Barril. We have to cross the Ria Formosa to the barrier island of Tavira. In the distance, Santa Luzia, a haven of tranquility at this time of year, a warm day in early October. You always have the option to hop on the steam train, or you can do as I usually do and cross the causeway on foot.

You’ll have to use your imagination here. Think scurrying crabs and scented pines, and a soft blue sky overhead. It takes 15 minutes or so to make the crossing, and you can be sure the train will chug past you at some point. Be friendly and wave!

The main fascination with this beach is the Anchor Graveyard, and I’ve brought you here many times. Each time I’m captivated by the beauty and pathos of these anchors as they cling to their home on the dunes. Each time, a little more rust. Each time, another gaping hole in the metal. How long, I wonder, till they crumble to dust?

But let’s not be downhearted. The beach stretches far in either direction, and I wander idly, listening to the ssshush of the waves. At my feet, a cornucopia of shells. Sometimes I gather a handful, confident that the sea will replace them, but today I simply stoop and take an image or two.

The tide is low today and I’m fascinated by the swirls and grooves in the sand. Leaping children and mermaids tails. What can you see?

Always the glint of sunshine on the water holds me in its spell. I hope you felt the warmth. I’m answering Amy’s invitation to share a Photo Walk this week, but you may have noticed a plethora of squares for Becky. Kinda beautiful!


  1. Such a lovely place for your walks Jo – I remember the anchors well from your previous walks and they make such a fascinating subject for photos. Always love looking at shells and admiring their patterns too. It must be lovely strolling along the beach πŸ™‚ The weather looks to be holding up well? Hope all is well with you – we feel rather cut off from things over here, very lucky to live where we do but concerns for the UK family and things are not getting any easier at present. Still walking is such a therapeutic pastime! We had a lovely one this morning through our local neighbourhood and now getting ready for lunch and the school run this afternoon (it’s nearly an hour’s drive away!), take care xx πŸ™‚

    1. State of Emergency was declared here again, from today, so group sizes are restricted to 5. An awkwardish number but we’ll cope. Just when life was feeling a bit more ‘normal’. Figures are still low in the Algarve and much better than the UK, where as you say, anxiety is high. 😦 😦

      1. Sorry to hear that you’ve got some new restrictions Jo – never good having to go backwards again but sounds as if the situation is more positive than in the UK. My dad is managing ok but the winter is looming and he is concerned that he can’t visit his sister (my aunt) in her nursing home. Hope you have a good weekend and can get out for your walks, take care xx

      2. The problems here are largely in the north, Rosemay, but acting early seemed to work last time and the hospitals here don’t have the capacity for a large outbreak. We can still walk in 4s and 5s and it’s perfect walking weather right now. Much more difficult containing the problem in the UK. Stay safe and well, hon πŸ™‚ πŸ™‚

      3. Yes it does seem acting early is the way to go Jo and obviously no one wants to see a repetition of the distressing images in places like Italy and Spain in March. Good that you can still walk in small groups – I imagine autumn with you is very pleasant, getting cooler but not like it would be in Northern Europe. Yes the Uk has serious problems in many areas at present hope your family there are doing ok. Enjoy your walks and take care xx

  2. I thoroughly enjoyed your β€œnormal” walk to the beach, Jo! I’ve always wondered how you get there and what the route looks like. I didn’t realize it was on a barrier island. Is that little train passing you on that narrow bridge over the causeway? Lovely scenes and photos and I felt happy and warm to join you on this one. I never contemplated the patterns in the receiving water of the waves before. Nice pastime!

    1. Often enough I’d take a ferry, Liesbet, because they are barrier island beaches, but this one has a very pleasant causeway leading to it. You cross the bridge to catch the steam train, or walk a narrow path to the beach. There are a couple of restaurants out by the anchors, and it’s always a pleasant way to spend a morning, πŸ™‚ πŸ™‚ Thanks for your company!

  3. Beautiful walk, Jo. I especially enjoyed the patterns in the sand and the anchor graveyard. Would love to be able to explore the rusting anchors. πŸ™‚

  4. I love everything about this post, Jo. Are you placing your photos in β€œgallery” or some other format. It looks like you have some control in the creativity. Beautiful!

  5. Fantastic images. First time I’ve seen the anchor graveyard. I’m guessing those are placed there and left to deteriorate? Still a pretty cool thing and perfect photo ops for you! πŸ™‚

    1. Thanks so much, Lisa! They’ve been there for the 16 years I’ve been visiting this beach. It seems a shame that they aren’t protected from the elements, but yes, they deteriorate very beautifully. πŸ™‚ πŸ™‚

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