There is a Tavira tower at Cadiz with a camara obscura so we were laughing saying that the water tank at the top was the camara abscura of Tavira. Well the following day we founded that it was reconverted in a camara obscura ….. this one is just one year old, and they went to learn at the Cadiz one.
It is a very god way to get a first touch with the city for just 2 euros per person
Praia da Terra Estreita is a beautiful and calm beach, maybe the less known in the Tavira's Island. This is my favourite beach of Portugal. When I was a kid this place of sand was not a known beach of everyone. There were no public boats to the island and I used to go there with a friend who had a small boat.
Nowadays, there's a private company that offers boat trips to the beach. It's a 10/15-minute trip very enjoyable in the "Safari Boat". However, boats are small and so there are not many people there.
If you like empty beaches, this is the one for you. Take the first boat-trip at 9h00 and stay there with only more 20 people (the capacity of the boat). If you think you need more space for you, when you'll arrive to the beach, walk to the right and you'll have 2 km's of only sand and sea. Or walk to the left and you'll have the same scenario.
There's also a nice but small esplanade in the beach.
The name of the beach, in english, means "Narrow Land". It was the name given by the fisherman of Santa Luzia village who used to go there on sundays (in summer season) with their families to have a beach for them. "Narrow Land" because is the place where the island is very narrow - you can reach both sides of this piece of land in one minute walking.
Cabanas beach on the east side of tavira island a large white sandie beach, even on summer and because it's a bit off the beaten path, not crowded like all the others in algarve.when you get to cabanas small vilage the beach itself seems and it is very dirty.a two minuts boat ride and you get to one of the best algarve beaches.
The bridge over river Gilao is of roman origin and it has been reconstructed in the 17th century. You'll walk on it many times in Gilao to move from one part of the city to the other. Nice spot for people watching, as there are some benches to sit on.
i definitely think this is a must see activity, I'll
do just about anything to shed a few pounds, but seriously this City Tavira is a special place it is really so nice and pieceful and it has so many lovely streets and the streets are sometimes very up and down, as you can see in the picture.
Take a ferry to the Ihle of Tavira where the beach is. Ferry fare a reasonable 2 Euros. The 'Ihle' is a very large place with a popular campsite(booked up when we were there), a number of shops and restaurants. You need to allow the best part of the day to get the most out of this trip. The beach is large with lots of space. Just beware the queue for the ferry home. The ferries stop running at 7pm. There were peolpe all over this island away from the main beach - great to explore I guess if time and heat allows.
Take the road train around teh town to get to see it. Can't say it is pullman luxury but a great way to get to see all parts of the town. The train stopped at the castle for 10 minutes ("But we've already been here," I gasped).Runs once an hour starts from the cobbled footbridge. Cost 10 euros for three people.
You can visit the lovely villge of Santa Luzia.
Catch the bus for Pedras Del Rei and get off on the promenade at Sta. Luzia.
Alternatavly a taxi is about €5.
Take a water taxi from Luzia to the beach at Terra estrata or stay on the bus and catch the mini train €1 each way up to Barril Beach.
Whilst in Santa Luzia Casa de Polvo on the promenade offers local cuisine at very resaonable prices.
Vincents french restaurant offers 5* meals at 3* prices (Rack of lamb and duck are not to be missed)
The main thing on offer in Sta. Luzia though is tranquility.
Have you been to the Camera obscura in Tavira?
It is in the old water tower, try it.
Pego do inferno is worth a visit but you would need to drive.
See my blog www.santaluzia-portugal.blogspot.com for some pictures and a feel for Luzia.
This rusted anchors cemetery is visible at Praia do Barril, near Tavira island. Hundreds of anchors which have not been abandoned but expressly aligned, as memory of the ancient tuna fishing activity which florished in this area during past times. Currently tourism is the primary soustenance resource for people living here.
One of the most distinctive landmarks of Tavira is its seven arched bridge. Thought for many years to be of Roman construction it was determined to actually have been constructed by the Moors. In 1755 it was one of the few structures in town to survive the devastating Lisbon earthquake which leveled much of coastal Portugal.
The bridge is a joy to walk over. You can sometimes feel movement on the bridge if you walk in the middle of it. Autos are not allowed on it. Interestingly the three times we walked over it the water level was significantly different on two of those ocassions. This suggests that the River Gilao.
The bridge is also a focal point by which many restaurants on both sides of the street tend to want to maximize based on their placement of small tables and chairs outside of their establishments.
Urban space is limited in Tavira. So hundreds of years ago rooftop terraces and gardens became a popular way to make better use of urban space. During the spring and summer months rooftop terraces are often times the main area of family living. They provide both shade and comfort from the heat of the intense Algarve summers. They are also a place for the family to enjoy meals and a play games.
Tavira as well as the other towns of the Algarve are ripe with decorative tiles called Azulejos. These decorative tiles were used first by the Moors to provide identification and beauty to the inside and outside of their buildings. They are even applied to ceilings and floors. These tiles can be viewed walking the streets of Tavira, as well as in municipal buildings, train stations, churches and throughout the community. In many churches and municipal buildings they display scenes from Portugal's history some in vivid detail. Some of them are quite stunning and parishioners of churches were willing to show off the tiles but did not want pictures taken of them for fear that they could be damaged from the camera. I wish I would have taken more pictures of them in the short time we were in Portugal.
They are as ever popular today as they were five centuries ago in Portugal. Their beauty is definitely worth a look as you explore the Algarve.
You can go on a river tour on one of the small boats, which takes you through the smaller channels where the bigger boats cannot get. This way you get to see all the birds up close as you navigate through the reserve area, even if its not your thing normally its still quite interesting. The gentleman who took us didnt speak any english and our portuguese is poor but this didn't affect anything as he had taken the time to print a detailed map off google with the pictures of the birds on the side as a reference and he would point them out as we spotted them. The trip was about an hour and a half and as the boat was so small there was just us two so it felt quite intimate., much better than being squashed together with lots of people.
being or not a church goer it is said that in the town of tavira there are 37 diferent churches.some are open and provide regular mess and many others are just there for you to visit as a tourist.
one of thirty seven known churches in a south portugal small town.even being a almost 90% roman catholic country such an amount of churches it is very rare, if not the only case in Portugal vilas.
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