Tavira combines relaxation away from hordes of tourists on the west Algarve with a picturesque setting, a rare feat for the Algarve. Tavira, to the east of Faro in the south-east corner of Portugal, is one of the most photogenic towns along the Algarve , white-washed houses topped with decorative chimneys and Roman-tiled roofs, set among orange, fig and almond trees.
Another reason to visit Tavira is the Ilha de Tavira, southwest of the town, which has a wonderful beach on its eastern edge. If you love nature and Exploring new landscapes, observing new wildlife, and experiencing new ecosystems Tavira has just the rught mix.
Tavira was a very important place on the map throughout Portuguese history, once the most important port beyond Lisbon at the time. When you've had your fill of azulejos and views of terracotta rooftops, wander back down to the riverfront and find a quiet spot for a drink. Fishing is still a mainstay of the local economy and the fishing boats are moored just beyond the old market.
Tavira his sometimes referred to as the Venice of the Algarve,with some fine Renaissance architecture, numerous churches, tree-lined squares and a certain romantic air. You will find fine examples of medieval houses complete with Gothic windows and doorways.
At only a short walk from the sea, a handful of pleasant beaches are at easy reach from Tavira, a long sand dune spiting between the town and the ocean protects the Ria Formosa., boat trips transport beachgoers from the town centre to the Ilha., and the local vilages of S.Luzia and Cabanas.
Tavira is well equipped with supermarkets for self-caterers, and many souvenir shops selling cork items, lace, embroidered goods and shell art. Tavira is a food-lovers haven, especially for those who enjoy seafood. There are numerous restaurants along the quayside and riverbank, serving excellent cuisine at reasonable prices.
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