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Barreiro da Faneca

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Red Dessert, hidden amongst the island.

This place could be a bit tricky to find. It's not recommended to drive on during the rainy season... read more

Reviewed 6 February 2018
Toronto, Canada
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Unique place. Must to be respected!!

Barreiro de Faneca is a literally out of ordinary place. Not many people go there to visit it... read more

Reviewed 10 August 2018
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6 Feb 2018
“Red Dessert, hidden amongst the island.”
18 Oct 2018
“Unique landscape ”
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Reviewed 19 October 2018 via mobile

Unique landscape that’s worth a visit but not a designation. There are several roads that access it, one dirt and another paved...best to use gps.

Date of experience: October 2018
Thank revett2016
Reviewed 10 August 2018 via mobile

Barreiro de Faneca is a literally out of ordinary place. Not many people go there to visit it - luckly - but it's an area who dessrve a visit. Pretty hard to find, it's a location where perceptions are different: no smells, no sounds, saturated...More

Date of experience: August 2018
1  Thank PinPinMato
Reviewed 6 February 2018 via mobile

This place could be a bit tricky to find. It's not recommended to drive on during the rainy season due to the sand or travels texture it becomes almost like quick sand. The fact that there's this big dry area within a forest of greens...More

Date of experience: July 2017
Thank JenniferFreitas
Reviewed 22 November 2017

returned after 6 yrs to find a new road, the whole area is now fenced and protected against the plague of 4WD, and much more pleasant with a walking footpath to the Barreiro

Date of experience: November 2017
Thank drchrysc
Reviewed 17 June 2017

If you have the time to visit the red desert then do so but do not think it is a must see spot. We had 5 days on the island to pretty much see it all and the red desert will not be considered a...More

Date of experience: June 2017
Thank ERDFirefighter
Reviewed 15 June 2017

You need to reall keep an eye open for the signs to this area it's down a few local small rough roads. I think you need to watch the translation of the word desert, it's a clay pan of maybe 50 hectares where the vegetation...More

Date of experience: June 2017
Thank mike u
Reviewed 20 June 2016

It is an interesting site but rather hard to find and not well signed.Park before you get to it unless you have 4 wheel drive or you could get stuck when it is wet.

Date of experience: June 2016
Thank scitchie
Reviewed 7 July 2015

I suppose if I were hiking through on the PR1SMA trail from Feteiras de Baixo to Anjos, Barreiro da Faneca would be a short but mildly interesting segment. But in our one day of exploring Santa Maria we made this a specific destination to drive...More

Date of experience: June 2015
2  Thank Odd_Meter
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