Favorite thing: I like this a little bit rusty and old city of Tavira. The white buildings all around the town hit your eyes so impressively and the images you have created about the "white" town never leave your mind. The life here is slow, simple and human relations are intimate and active. The uncomplicated fish dish (cod, sword fish, squid, etc) are delicious as they are not overly cooked by "sauce" loving cooks - its a natural salty taste! You get thirsty though, sometimes all over the night.
Favorite thing: When walking around don't forget to look up once in a while or you might miss some of the amazing tiled pictures and unusual architecture. Some of the buildings even have an old west type feel to them especially some of the derelict ones, it feeels like stepping back in time. The door handles are quirky too, like two lilttle hands.
If you want to visit the Ilha (beautifull beach there!) and you are on footh, than follow the right side of the river for about 1 mile away from the citycenter (you will pass some salt banks which is beautifull to see). You will arrive at a dock where you can take a boat or taxiboat. The boat costs 1.5 euro 2-ways and the taxi costs 6 euro's one way (if you're with 6 persons, it comes down to 1 euro per person). The boat leaves once an hour, the taxiboat has no hours ;-)
Don't forget that that the last boat coming back to the mainland leaves at 6 sharp! The only way to get back than is by taxiboat, and they last one is at 7. Otherwise, have a pleasant stay on the beach ;-)
Fondest memory: The ride back on a speedboat (YESS, i missed the last boat back 2 the mainland, hihi)
Favorite thing: Praia do Barril is, maybe, the most beautiful beach in Portugal. It's not the same as 20 years ago but it's great! Go there by foot and came by train. Excellent views from the train. The access is made in Pedras d'El Rei.
Tiles must be something very typical from the Mediterranean areas, but looking at this ones, I could feel I was in Andalucia (ok instead of Calle you can see Rua, but in Galicia is similar lol)
These roofs are very distinctive of Tavira, Each of the rooms has its own roof, so each house can have more than 3 or 4 little roofs. It is said that it may come from China. Portuguese were sailing people that may have brought it on that times. I have to say I had never seen before.
As most of the Spanish cities, they have their own ”paseo” where all locals go for walk and chatting. This one is parallel to the river with beautiful gardens that finish at the market, but you can still walk a little more to have a look at the boats that have already arrived with the fish or sea food.
Tavira was known as the land of the thousand churches and even if most of them are closed the city looks like an open museum.
When we refer here to churches, we also include the chapels, convents, hermitages, etc . many of them are under reconstruction and rehabilitation. Some became private houses or hotels. Next to the tower tank you can see the convent being reconverted in a Poussada
Due to the tuna fishing and factory, Tavira main industry was the fishing but in this days it has changed to the tourism. You can still see the fisherman at their boats on the side of the river cleaning the boats or preparing the clamps for the restaurants
The white-washed buildings and colourful plants and trees make walking a pleasure around Tavira - and if you like looking around churches, there are 37 of them here ....
More photos in my travelogue.
Every Town has its meeting place , Tavira has a beautiful area along the river with a nice Pavillon for cultural events, a place to come together and meet friends and family
and of course for visitors to enjoy.
Tavira was no disappointment, we were a bit wary of visiting the Algarve, famed for being a 'British' holiday resort so after asking our Portugese friends where was best to go we arrived in the historical wee town.
The beach was a boat ride away which was very satisfying and when we arrived on the island it was packed with tourists but very few Brits in sight which was a relief. You could sit on the firth which was prettier but the water looked a wee bit grotty what with all the boats arriving. Instead we headed through the island following the crowds by the campsite (I woudl definately stay there next time) and a few bars to reach the other side.
There it was. The Atlantic Ocean, the very same one that we can see from our wee town of Dumfries. There was the accompanying gale blowing and I felt at home. I forced myself in for a swim but it was very cold! the beach was huge, plenty of space for everyone, there was even a football game being played in bleachers at the other end but we were able to relax and people watch.
Chimneys are famous in Algarve it has been said that as much big and complicate the chimney as much richer were the owners as it was taking longer for its construction.
In Andalucia is also typical the tiled walls, but we only do it the base not the whole facade as our neighbours the Portuguese.
You can find this all over Algarve.
Favorite thing: What I enjoyed the most in Tavira are the relaxed atmosphere of this town and the very pleasant climate, never too hot nor too cold.