Tavira has a pleasant setting on an estuary of the Ségua river at the foot of a hill girded by the remains of ramparts built by King Dinis. The Roman bridge and Moorish walls testify to the town’s long history. In the past Tavira was an important centre for tuna and today continues some of its fishing activities. The local beach is an offshore bar. The town has 37 churches.
Tavira, to the east of Faro in the south-east corner of Portugal, is one of the most photogenic towns along the Algarve coast, sporting white-washed houses topped with decorative chimneys and pyramid shaped Roman-tiled roofs, set among orange, fig and almond trees.
The accommodation is mainly second-class self-catering accommodation, either villas or in large complexes farther away from the resort. In the outlying areas a few 4-star hotels can be found.
This area suits travellers from the economy to mid-market range,generally self-catering beach holidays.
Towards the SE corner of Portugal, 20 mls E of Faro and its airport. Straddling both sides of the mouth of the River Gilao, in fairly flat terrain with mud flats and sand bars along the coastline.
Only in Tavira itself, where there are many souvenir shops selling cork items, lace and gifts made from shells. “Old Market” is an upmarket handicraft and artefacts shopping centre. Market every third Monday of the month.
The nightlife consists of Bars and cafes abound in the town, but options for dancing are limited to the Ubi Discotheque, which is enough to cater for energetic ravers.
Local activities include hunting for seashells on Tavira Island, enjoying a variety of watersports, explore the quaint town of Tavira, or play golf at the nearby Benamor Course. It is a good idea to hire a car and explore into Spain to the East and along the rest of the Algarve to the West.
Omega Parque – Near Monchique. Endangered wild animals in a stunning mountainside location.
Zoomarine – near Albufeira. Dolphinarium with several attractions.
Aqualand – Bij Armação de Pêra. Big Aquapark with a lot of high slides
Slide & Splash – near Lagoa. Big Aquapark.
Krazy World – near Algoz – Funpark for children and adults with two mini-golf courses (18 holes), pools,
childrenfarm, crocodilepark and Quad mania.
Aquashow – near Quarteira. Aqualand with the biggest wave pool in Europe.
Karting Algarve – in Almancil (between Vilamoura and Loulé).
Fábrica do Inglês – in Silves – Entertainment and culturepark, Corkmuseum.
Omega Parque – near Monchique. Zoo, holding only threatened species.
Cova dos Mouros – Mining village near Alcoutim. Reconstruction of pre-historical mining activity in the Algarve.