To Barra in the Back of a Pick-up

Since coming to Mozambique, I started wearing less and going out more. Much more. Why not? The weather is beautiful, the beer is cold and eating out costs as much as cooking at home (and requires none of the effort). To take a break from the hectic social life of Tofo, we headed to Barra for a weekend of chill.

We drove there in the back of a pick-up truck, as locals do, watching the sun set behind the tall, coconut trees.

Farol de Barra Lodge

We stayed at the Farol de Barra lodge, which sits right on the beach and offers incredible views of the ocean. The lodges are built of solid wood and are decorated in a nautical style à la Mozambique – white wooden furniture, white-washed floors, white curtains, and a pop of blue on cushion covers made of Capulana.

We arrived just before sunset, just in time for Sundowners (alcoholic beverages consumed looking at the sunset).  Having them in Barra is something really special.

Ernest Hemingway once said: “I never knew of a morning in Africa when I woke up that I was not happy.” It’s not hard to see why.

Chill in Barra

We spent the following day at the hotel restaurant, Chill Bar. It’s the perfect place to kick back under a straw cabana, drink cocktails and watch the ocean roll onto the white sandy beach.

There is also a pool where you can cool off if you’re too lazy to walk down to the ocean.

The chef cooked us clams for lunch, which we enjoyed them while sitting on the sand around the low table.

When the sun started making it’s way down towards the edge of the bay, we ventured into the waters to play in the waves.

The Sun Sets over Barra

Thanks to the late check out time, we stayed for sunset and went for another long walk along the beach. The sky turns rose pink and slowly grows fiery orange.

As dusk falls on Barra, all that’s left of the day’s sun is the soft glow in the sky, the ocean and the heart.

It’s the perfect getaway from the world, and I look forward to going back soon!

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