Tavira Travel Guide

  • Tavira - Portugal
    Tavira - Portugal
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  • Misericordia Church
    by Willettsworld
  • The Castle
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Tavira Things to Do

  • 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 particularly remarkable, but the views from the walls are excellent. There are also lovely flowers and trees in the courtyard, making for a nice...

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  • 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 initially built in the 3rd century, this actual look comes from the 17th, so "Roman" is just an historic name.

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  • 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 that receives well.

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  • Church of Santa Maria do Castelo

    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 damaged it, and it was reconstructed, using all the possible elements of its Gothic conception.

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  • 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 reconstructed afterwards. With several chapels and altars, it has a good painting collection.

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  • 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 André Pilarte (finished in 1551) who also participated in the construction of the Jeronimos Monastery in Lisbon. The main entrance, a round arch, is...

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Tavira Restaurants

  • Acceptable

    For many experts, the most celebrated Portuguese dish is Pork with Clams. This restaurant offered a variation with "conquilhas" (a sort of delicious small clams whose name I don't know in English). Of course I had to taste it.Well, not bad, but far from a success - the "conquilhas" were extremely small (lots of work), and the pork was not marinated...

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  • Ice Cream! :)

    This ice cream stand in the Public Garden is popular with tourists and locals alike. The stand features the renowned Muxa Gata (loosely translated "Silly Cat") brand of artisanal ice cream, as well as the more standard prefabricated favorites. The lines are long on a warm evening, but move quickly. Ice cream is available in cups, cones, or freshly...

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  • Good Sandwiches and Fresh Bread

    This place came highly recommended, so we gave it a try for lunch. The inside has a coffee house-like feel, while the outside tables command a tremendous view of the river (which was probably why all tables were "reserved" every time we went by). We chose a table inside. The restaurant featured light dishes, flat breads, tapas, and sandwiches,...

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Tavira Nightlife

  • Nightlife In Tavira

    Believe it or not but the quite sleepy town of Tavira does have some nightlife if your willing to find it. Theres two nightclubs "UBI Discotechque" (located just off the third bridge), theres also a lovely bar located here called "bubi bar", i think these are only open late in the summer though. Just up the road from these on the opposite side of...

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  • views of the whole town

    There aren't loads of bars in Tavira, not that we found anyway as its not that type of place but if you want to chill out and admire the most amazing views of the town you should for a drink at the hotel porta nova bar-its on the rooftop and the hotel is already in an elevated position so you can see right out to the sea. Its fairly pricey as to be...

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  • club in Tavira (there is one!)

    Just by the large bridge that crosses over to the town (don't know how else to describe it) is a bar and a club. The club is Ubi's which is quite large and does all sort of dance music but is only going in late July to August (don't know why it seems to be getting later each year) but I just thought I would tell you of it!!! It makes a refreshing...

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Tavira Transportation

  • Train Station

    Tavira has a train station on the local line between Faro and Vila Real de Santo António on the Spanish border. As of 2014, there are no trains that run into Spain on this line; those who wish to travel in that direction will need to take a long-distance bus. In Faro, you can change for long-distance trains in the direction of Lagos or Lisbon. The...

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  • Get a Town Map or GPS

    Tavira and in particiular the Old Town are one of the most confusing towns to navigate in Portugal or Spain. Very narrow streets suddenly change names at moments notice. One way streets find ways of zigzagging continuosly. Even with a good navigator as copilot it is easy to get lost and as a matter of fact that happened several times in Tavira. So...

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  • The New Algarve Toll Road

    A new complication in traveling to Portugal has been the imposition of the Algarve Toll Road also known as the Via Enfante de Sagres (Sagres of course being on the far west end of the toll road).Beginning in October of last year Portugal took an existing highway the A 22 and converted it into a toll road. While this in itself is not an issue and I...

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Tavira Shopping

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  • Great Full-Service Supermarket

    Pingo Doce is definitely the place for shopping in Tavira. It features all the groceries you'd expect, convenient hours (daily 9AM - 9PM), reasonable prices, and an excellent selection of beer and wine. Eating out in this resort town is surprisingly affordable, but if you're really on a budget, you can stretch your Euro here with self-catering...

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  • Ex fish market

    In the ex fish market, which is in the very center of Tavira, you can buy souveniers, local crafts, foods, drinks, also there are few cafes and a restaurant. I like the decoration of interior, the local school made them :-)

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Tavira Local Customs

  • Salt

    Browsing the outskirts of town I found a group of men producing salt by the traditional ways. It was nice to see (southeast of the city, closer to the sea), but with such a hard work I don't know if they can match the market's price for long.

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  • A nice pair of knockers

    The doors in the old town have little brass knockers in the shape of hands. i was very tempted to knock on one of the doors.

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  • Local vacationers

    Everybody is relaxing - "Floppy" is taking a big nap, Floppy's friend is dancing in a festival, a girl is so happily running around with an ice-cream in her hand. Animals are loved and are treated like humans. Little girls stay awake late to enjoy their "night" life!

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Tavira Warnings and Dangers

  • Blatant fake posts on Tavira

    The posts re the irish bar are indeed fake. These people have never posted elsewhere on this website. I am here with my children right now and have been here for two weeks. The only "loudness" is sure enough British golfers who frequent a rather tacky bar on the riverfront. There is no right or wrong side of the bridge but for me the best...

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  • blatant fake posts re Tavira

    The posts re the irish bar are indeed fake. These people have never posted elsewhere on this website. I am here with my children right now and have been here for two weeks. The only "loudness" is sure enough British golfers who frequent a rather tacky bar on the riverfront. There is no right or wrong side of the bridge but for me the best...

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  • Small Minds and Frank Exaggerations

    I am shocked by these posts. I have just spent the entire winter in Tavira, very pleasantly, and walked everywhere, including the 'wrong side of the bridge' at all hours. Firstly, there IS NO 'wrong side of the Roman Bridge'. The pub being described in the one post is admittedly grotty and occasionally occupied by an unpleasant element...but such...

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Tavira What to Pack

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    by Leipzig Written May 13, 2003

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    Miscellaneous: Rainy season is between October and Mai, summer is mostly dry and sunny

    Avg. Temp. in Spring: max.: 18 – 21°C ( 64 - 70°F ); min: 8 - 11°C ( 47 - 51°F )
    Avg. Temp. in Summer: max.: 25 – 28°C ( 77 - 82°F ); min: 16 - 18°C ( 60 - 64°F )
    Avg. Temp. in Autumn: max.: 19 – 26°C ( 66 - 78°F); min: 11 - 17°C ( 51 – 63°F )
    Avg. Temp. in Winter: max.: 15 – 16°C ( 59 - 60°F); min: 7 - 9°C ( 45 - 49°F )

    Watertemperature: in winter around 15°C ( 59°F ), in summer around 20°C ( 68°F) in average.

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Tavira Off The Beaten Path

  • Beaches Without Boat Rides

    One admitted concern in Tavira is a definite need for a car. While the town is both lovely and extremely walkable, there are some real jewels on the outskirts which you will need a car to reach. Just west of Santa Luzia (just west of Tavira proper) lies on of the places where you can access a gorgeous, pristine beach, without a ferry or water taxi...

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  • Guided Birdwatching Tours

    The Algarve has a wonderful variety of birds and many places where to find them. At almost any time of the year there is something of interest to see. Tours may cover several different habitats dependent on season and tides - salinas, saltmarsh, hills, steppe grasslands and woodlands. These tours are specifically designed for those who like to...

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  • Pink lining

    I abhor tourist coasts and stayed one night n Tavira, because I was told that it's the least tourist-ruined place in the Algarve and I had to use Faro airport. Actually I found Tavira most agreable.After looking at the castle area, there was not time for the beach and I wandered in that direction more for exercise than anything else. After only...

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Tavira Sports & Outdoors

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    by xicomelo Written Jul 9, 2005

    As the Tavira Island is so huge for so many people, you have the beach for your own. So, why don't you take a boomerang with you to have fun? It's a good choice if you know how to manage it. Otherway, you'll do like me: send the boomerang and it doesn't come back again, so I have to run and bring it again :-)

    Equipment: Boomerang.

    Boomerang

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  • Mini Aquarium

    As we were relaxing in the riverside park, a local excitedly came up to us and pointed into the pool. When we looked over, we saw some aquatic creatures. First, we saw a brightly colored tropical fish, then we saw a turtle. Minifrosch was quite happy, and we were able to snap a few pictures. Mission accomplished for the local. :)

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  • A Mickey Mouse Operation

    On our final morning in Tavira, it appeared the town was setting up for some sort of Disney-themed day at the riverside park. We had a plane to catch in Faro, but Minifrosch was able to pose with the cardboard cutouts of various Disney characters set up around the park. It was a fun way to spend the morning. I'll share a few pictures here.

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  • Unspoiled and imperfect beauty of Tavira

    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...

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Chapel of Sao Sebastiao
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Republic Square
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Ilha de Tavira
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Stroll Along Rio Gilão
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"Roman" Bridge
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Castle and Gardens
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Roman Bridge
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Tasty Fish by the River
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Santiago church
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Santa Maria church
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Castle
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City Centre
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Old Market
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Band stand
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Carmo Convent
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Misericordia church
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Gilão River
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Hire A Boat? Even A Small One?
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Elvis Not Welcome
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Chapel of Sao Sebastiao
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Church of the Santiago
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The Castle
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Seven Arched Bridge
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Tavira Waterfront Restaurant: Beira Rio
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Local Transit Options
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Excellent Indian!
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wall tiles collection (photo)
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Sao Joao
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Beach Isla Tavira
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Roman bridge
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Short season in Tavira
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Do not judge Tavira by one foreign owned bar!!!!
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Chapel of Our Lady of Piety
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St Blaise's Chapel
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