Tavira

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Nestled where the Gilão River meets the Atlantic Ocean, Tavira is a beautiful fishing town in the east of the Algarve. The Ilha de Tavira (Tavira Island), with its impressive 14 km of beach and delightful historic town, is a true highlight of the Algarve.

HistoryTavira's history dates back to the first Phoenician occupation of Iberia, which lasted around 500 years from the 8th Century. This Moorish occupation of Tavira can still be seen in the whitewashed houses with their ornate and stylish doors. This was a period of steep economic growth for Tavira when it became an important port for sailors.

The city was then conquered by Dom Paio Peres Correia in the 13th Century, ending Moorish control. The city soon became a specialist in shipping salt, dried fish and wine.

Unfortunately, most of the original buildings were destroyed by the earthquake of 1755 but archeologists have been identifying the origins of some historic landmarks and rebuilding according to the original designs.

Ilha de Tavira (Tavira Island Beach)You can reach the Ilha de Tavira via ferry across the Natural Reserve Ria Formosa, which leave from the town centre or from nearby Quatro Águas. This beautiful beach provides more than just sun, sea and sand. There are plenty of restaurants, cafés and beachside bars to keep you refreshed.

Praia do BarrilTo the west of Tavira Island lies Praia do Barril, one of the cleanest beaches of the southern coast of the Algarve. It is accessible all year round by a bridge that crosses the Ria Formosa. In the summer the crossing can also made by miniature train, a facility that originally served tune industry now turned to tourism.

Cabanas Island BeachThe Beach of Cabanas Island is also reachable by ferry across the lagoon of Ria Formosa. This is a more isolated, cleaner, less crowded beach that offers beautiful views over the ocean.

Ponte Romana (Roman Bridge)Roman bridge is a 17th Century bridge that has its origins back during the Roman occupation, which links the two parts of Tavira across the River Gilão. It is a seven-arched pedestrian crossing and the place to go for a coffee.

Castelo de Tavira and Igreja de Santa Maria do CasteloThe 13th century castle, Castelo de Tavira, is not only a grand and glorious, historic building in its own right, but also provides fantastic views across Tavira. In the adjacent Igreja de Santa Maria do Castelo, built on the site of a Moorish mosque, you’ll find another remarkable building, which also holds the tombs of Dom Paio Peres Correia and his knights.

Food and DrinksThe Mercado do Ribeiro on the riverfront is one of the best locations in town for cafés and restaurants. Around the Praça da República, with its narrow cobbled streets, nice gardens and tiled houses, you can find shops, more restaurants, and delectable ice-cream places. Tavira also has a lively nightlife, with plenty of bars and nightclubs to pick from.

AP Maria Nova Lounge - Adults Friendly
AP Maria Nova Lounge - Adults Friendly
4 out of 5
Rua Antonio Pinheiro, Tavira
The price is £63 per night from 19 Oct to 19 Oct
Located in the heart of Tavira, this spa hotel is within a 10-minute walk of Nossa Senhora do Carmo Church, Tavira Living Science Center, and Roman Bridge. Praca ...
4.5/5Wonderful! (506 reviews)
"Very relaxed atmosphere. Easy to get a sunbed. Staff very friendly and helpful."

Reviewed on 21 Aug 2021

AP Maria Nova Lounge - Adults Friendly
Hotel Vila Gale Tavira
Hotel Vila Gale Tavira
4 out of 5
Rua 4 de Octubro s/n, Tavira
The price is £73 per night from 5 Oct to 5 Oct
This family-friendly Tavira hotel is located on the riverwalk, within a 5-minute walk of Ria Formosa Natural Park and Alvaro de Campos Municipal Library. Palacio ...
4.2/5Very Good! (597 reviews)
GREAT STAY WILL RETURN
"EVERYTHING WE EXPECTED BREAKFAST GOOD WELL MANAGED ROOMS CLEANED TO A HIGH STANDARD STAFF HELPFUKK AND FRIENDLY"

Reviewed on 30 Oct 2020

Hotel Vila Gale Tavira
Pousada Convento de Tavira - Historic Hotel
Pousada Convento de Tavira - Historic Hotel
4 out of 5
Rua Dom Paio Peres Correia, Tavira
The price is £126 per night from 17 Oct to 17 Oct
Situated on the riverfront, this romantic pousada is within a 10-minute walk of Sao Jose Church and Ria Formosa Natural Park. Tavira Tower and Mother Church ...
4.7/5Exceptional! (304 reviews)
"This is a lovely property with a small number of rooms that is located in a tranquil corner of Tavira with great access to everything. Super pool area to relax in at the end of the day. Our 4th stay"

Reviewed on 8 Sep 2021

Pousada Convento de Tavira - Historic Hotel
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Pedras d'el Rei
Pedras d'el Rei
3 out of 5
Pedras d'el Rei, Santa Luzia, Tavira
The price is £51 per night from 18 Oct to 18 Oct
Offering direct access to the beach, this Tavira aparthotel is in a national park and within 1 mi (2 km) of Ria Formosa Natural Park and Barril Beach. Tavira ...
3.7/5Good! (190 reviews)
"The facilities, location and food were all very good, however, the apartment was very tired looking and in need of decorating/renovating. The bed was hard but the apartment size was fairly spacious. The staff throughout were pleasant and professional. Enjoyable stay and would use again."

Reviewed on 27 Sep 2020

Pedras d'el Rei
Golden Club Cabanas
Golden Club Cabanas
3 out of 5
R. Tuberária Maj., Conceicao e Cabanas de Tavira, Tavira, Faro
Situated near the beach, this aparthotel is within a 10-minute walk of Ria Formosa Natural Park and Cabanas Beach. Roman Bridge and Ilha de Tavira Beach are ...
4.1/5Very Good! (61 reviews)
Nice get away
"A nice place, clean and friendly staff!"

Reviewed on 15 Mar 2021

Golden Club Cabanas
Tavira Garden
Tavira Garden
3 out of 5
EN125 - Sítio das Alfarrobeiras, Tavira
This family-friendly Tavira aparthotel is within 1 mi (2 km) of Ria Formosa Natural Park and Tavira Castle. Ilha de Tavira Beach and Cabanas Beach are also within ...
3.8/5Good! (142 reviews)
Excellent and easy
"Very good communication and clean , equipped apartment"

Reviewed on 9 Apr 2021

Tavira Garden
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