Tavira Things to Do

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  • 1. The Castle

    A worthwhile stroll is to make your way to the top of the hill to Tavira's castle. The castle itself was built sometime in the 12th Century and was destroyed by an earthquake in 1755. The ruins aren't...

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  • 2. Roman Bridge - Ponta de Romana

    Closed to traffic since the flooding of 1989, this old bridge may be crossed by foot, linking both sides of Gião river right in the centre of town. It is one of the city's landmarks, but, though...

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  • 3. Misericordia Church

    Located just down from the Castle, this is a must see 16th century church said to be one of the best examples of Renaissance architecture in the Algarve. The façade was made by the famous master-mason...

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  • 4. Republic Square

    I like the centre of Tavira - it shows modernity with respect for tradition, it has commercial activity without the stress of many other cities, it is touristy, but... not much. OK. A balanced place...

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  • 5. Church of Santa Maria do Castelo

    Beside the castle, this 13th-century Gothic Church was built on the site of a Moorish mosque but rebuilt by an Italian neo-classicist following earthquake damage 500 years later. However, the...

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  • 6. Church of Santiago

    Located by the castle this old church (XIII century, by donation of king Afonso III to the bishop of Silves, and later owned by the military order of Santiago) was damaged by Lisbon´s earthquake and...

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  • 7. Chapel of Sao Sebastiao

    I believe this to be the Chapel of San Sebastio. Its a cute little church a few blocks from the river. It was not open when we went to visit it. The origins of the church date back to just before the...

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  • 8. Ilha de Tavira

    Most tourists come to the Algarve for the beach. While the town itself does not have a beach, the sand bar known as Ilha de Tavira features an expansive beach...

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  • 9. Stroll Along Rio Gilão

    River strolls are always an enjoyable activity, especially in a lovely location such as this. Supposedly, the river bisecting Tavira changes its name from Rio...

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  • 10. Santa Maria church

    After the conquest of Tavira by the Portuguese, in the 13th century, the mosque inside the castle was replaced by a christian church. Lisbon's earthquake...

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  • 11. Archaeological remains

    With a rich history from its Phoenician (?) foundation, including Roman and Muslim occupation, Tavira is making a strong effort to collect signs of those times....

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  • 12. City Centre

    The centre of the city was modernised, respecting all the traditional buildings and streets. Strolling along the small city centre is easy and pleasant, with a...

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  • 13. Old Market

    The municipal market was moved to a new place, but the old building, in the centre of town, was transformed in a mall, keeping its old look. It was a good idea,...

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  • 14. Band stand

    For many decades, I don't see any band using a band stand - different ways of fraternizing and performing made them useless, but they remain a symbol of the...

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  • 15. Carmo Convent

    Close to Carmo church there's a former convent with the same name, built in the 18th century, one century later abandoned by the church and occupied by...

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  • 16. Gilão River

    Tavira is crossed by Gilão river, a small river that allows some agriculture. Its main point is the roman bridge in the centre of town,and, we may say, the...

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  • 17. Hire A Boat? Even A Small One?

    I have to love the resourcefulness of some of the Portugese men who will offer to take you on any size of boats to see the sights or do a little fishing in...

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  • 18. View the Azulejos

    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...

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  • 19. Rooftop Terraces and Gardens

    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...

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  • 20. Seven Arched Bridge

    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...

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  • 21. Sao Joao

    June 24th is St John's Day “Sao Joao”, it is a most famous festival of Tavira, because Sao Jaoa is savior of the town. I really enjoyed stay in Tavira during...

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  • 22. Beach Isla Tavira

    I love this beach, because it is on island of Tavira, you can't get there unles you have a boat or you get a water taxi, or ferry. Not a crowded place, nice...

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  • 23. Chapel of Our Lady of Piety

    This small chapel beside the river was erected in the second half of the 18th century and belonged to the fraternity of Our Lady of Piety. The main doorway,...

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  • 24. St Blaise's Chapel

    Formerly located outside of the city, this small medieval chapel was originally administered by the São Brás' brotherhood. It possesses only one nave and...

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  • 25. Our Lady of Carmel's Church & Convent

    The third order of Our Lady of Carmel was founded at the beginning of the 17th century. In 1737, the brothers asked the Portuguese provincial office of the...

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