Everyone loves the beach at Woolacombe, with its wonderful, three-mile-long stretch of golden sand that's popular with surfers and sunbathers, families and couples alike.
But closer and more cosy is Barricane beach, a slender sliver of sand tucked in between the rocks, famously made up of tiny shell particles that have travelled here all the way from the Caribbean. The beach is there at all as it was the quarry for the slate for the house roofs in the area, and the slope leading to the beach was crafted to allow donkeys to pull the slate up from the beach.
Dogs are permitted, while on a lead, during summer, and it's a great spot for poking around among the rocks
It is also a great place to eat, with a decent beach cafe that transforms itself into a great Sri Lankan restaurant and takeaway every night during the summer, serving fabulous curries between 5pm and 7pm, and sometimes 8pm. You can enjoy these exotic dishes either at one of a handful of tables or on the beach itself. Best to order early as they do often sell out.
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