- Discover this tranquil part of Portugal, Just 45 mins from the airport
- A quiet and attractive riverside town with plenty of history and great food
- A sea inlet separates the town from the coast, hop on a waterferry and in a few minutes you’ll be across the water and on the beach
• private transfer • car hire
• 40km • 45mins
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So what's it like?
Tavira is a charming old fishing village, the history of which can still be seen as you wander around the pretty streets. It offers an excellent insight into local culture as well as a great selection of traditional bars and restaurants. Some of the best beaches in the Algarve are easily accessed by ferryboat and boast 8km of stretching, white sands.
Relax and discover
Local culture: Dating back to the 13th Century, Tavira is home to 37 churches - more than any other Portuguese town. In some parts of Tavira you can still see the original walls, from which you can gain amazing views across the town and coastline. There are plenty of other reminders of the history of Tavira - from a Roman bridge linking the two parts of town and the tiled and frescoed houses lining the cobbled streets.
Beaches: Although the town of Tavira is not on the sea front, the spectaular beach "island" of Tavira is easily accessed by ferry or water taxi. With 8km of pristine white sands dotted with beach bars and restaurants you won't be disappointed.
Golf: One of the key reasons for many visiting the Algarve are the incredible golf courses that are on offer. A short drive from Tavira you’ll find three 18 hole and one 9 hole course - including "Quinta da Ria" which sits on the coast overlooking the sea. Venture a little further and there are countless other courses all over this area.
Walking: Some may not be aware that the Algarve is a bird watching haven. Nearby Cabanas is host to a nature park on the Ria Formosa where a large variety of migratory birds and twitchers head annually. Guided walking and bike tours are available - depending on the season, you can expect to see Scrub-Robins, Calandra Larks, Lesser Kestrels, Black-bellied Sandgrouses, Griffons and Eurasian Black Vultures.
Evening atmosphere: Tavira gets busier in the evenings in the restaurants lining the streets along the river and town square. This is the perfect time to walk through the little streets, all beautifully lit with a plethora of excellent seafood restaurants plus traditional Portuguese fare. The pace is sedate with people relaxing into the early hours with coffee and drinks. Throughout July and August traditional music and dancing is often performed in the main pedestrian square and the Roman ampitheatre.
Tavira has no rep. You'll find a contact number and plenty of local knowledge in your information pack - simply print it off and bring it with you.