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Book a hotel near Tavira and you’ll find yourself in a beautiful fishing town, situated in the eastern Algarve.
It is one of the most popular tourist spots in the Algarve, mainly thanks to its historic town and Tavira Island, a long offshore beach.
Things to Do in Tavira
Hop on a ferryboat that travels through the Natural Reserve Ria Formosa towards Tavira Is-land. On this island you’ll find a beautiful beach with plenty of restaurants. On your way to Tavira Island you will be able to observe the local wetland flora and fauna, including water birds like fla-mingos.
Discover Barril Beach, located west of Tavira Island. You can access it via a bridge that crosses the Ria Formosa and it is one of the cleanest and most popular beaches of the southern coast of the Algarve.
Terra Estreita Beach also known as Santa Luzia Beach is located to the east of Barril, and can be reached by a small train, which was originally built for the old tuna fishing business. There’s regular service in the summer, connecting the dock front of Pedras d'el Rei to Barril beach.
Homem Nú Beach is also located near Barril Beach and is the official naturist sea beach of Ta-vira.
Book your hotel near Cabanas Island and you’ll have access to its beautiful beach, which is nar-row but long. This is a more isolated, cleaner, less crowded than some other beaches with beauti-ful surroundings.
Explore the city centre with its Roman bridge that links the two parts of Tavira over the River Gilão. As suggested by the name, the bridge is reputedly Roman in origin, although its present re-construction dates from the 17th Century. Misericórdia Church is also worth a visit with its blue and white tiles, carvings and scenes depicting the life of Jesus.
Stop by Tavira Castle and enjoy fantastic views over Tavira. Be sure to check out Igreja de San-ta Maria do Castelo just next door, which was built on the site of a Moorish mosque.
Have a look around Ribeiro Market on the river front. Then there’s Praça da República, where you will also find shops, restaurants and coffee shops. Go shopping in the Gran-Plaza Shopping Mall and you’ll have access to a variety of shops, restaurants, original language cinemas and a large supermarket.