Tavira is one of our favorite Portuguese towns and is only a 20 minute easy drive from the villa. Great for a relaxed afternoon wander or an excellent alfresco evening meal.
Tavira is a town with real character. In the buildings you can see traditional Portuguese architecture with Moorish influences. The Moors occupied Tavira between the 8th and 13th centuries and their impact can still be seen in the buildings today. Probably the most obvious Moorish landmark is Tavira Castle but the stone "Roman bridge" is now also considered to be a 12th Century Moorish bridge!
Here are some things to do in Tavira:
1. Tavira Castle
Free entry, picturesque gardens and great views of Tavira from the ramparts.
2. Camera Obscura
Situated in an old water tower close to the Castle, gives a 360 degree, live image view of the city.
3. Beaches of the Ilha de Tavira
Take the ferry to the pristine beaches of Tavira Island (20 minutes and €2 return), or alternatively drive to Santa Luzia and cross the pedestrian bridge to the Island.
4. Tourist Train
A great way to get orientated when you first arrive in Tavira.
5. Eat, Drink and be merry!
There are many fabulous restaurants in the charming historic centre. A particular favorite of ours at the moment is Castelo café e restaurante, which offers fantastic steaks and seafood. In the summer months there is often live music in the outdoor amphitheater (praça da republica).
We hope you find Tavira as much of a joy to explore as we do.
Nuala & Matthew
We fell in love with the Eastern Algarve a few years back. We'll try and impart our knowledge of the area and other travel tips via these blog posts.