Tavira Travel Guide

  • Tavira - Portugal
    Tavira - Portugal
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  • Things to Do
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  • Misericordia Church
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Tavira Highlights

  • Pro
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    alweis says…

     Beautiful town, great food ,nice people 

  • Con
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    WanderingFinn says…

     A great place to visit, but not the best place to have the accommodation as you need a car to get to the beaches. It is a town, not near the beach. 

  • In a nutshell
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    WanderingFinn says…

     An old fisherman village still has its charm left! 

Tavira Things to Do

  • The Castle

    Built and rebuilt in several periods, the experts find in this castle and walls signs from the Muslim times and christian changes. Destroyed by 1755 earthquake, most of the walls were dismantled, but there are still disperse elements (walls and doors) in the centre of town.

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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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  • 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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  • 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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  • 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 architect retained traces of the former church - namely the main doorway, two side chapels and Arabic-style windows in the clock tower. Inside is a plaque...

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  • Church of Santiago

    This was the only church of 13 I visited to be open when I visited Tavira one morning. It's located just in front of the larger Church of Santa Maria do Castelo and dates from the end of the 18th century. It was originally donated by King Alfonso III to the Bishop of Silves in 1270, having belonged to the Military Order of Santiago de Espada.

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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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  • Elvis Not Welcome

    We visited the "Jewel of the Algarve" only to be coerced into some dirty Irish bar to see some Elvis impressionist – might as well stayed in Albufeira where at least the Guinness was not tepid vinegar.If this is Tavira it is a crap-hole!But to be fair the Elvis was the best part of the evening – especially when a bunch of paddys bounced him and his...

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  • Tavira Waterfront Restaurant: Beira Rio

    I have eaten in this place for years, on and off and I must say that the last two years The Beira Rio Restaurant has really shown that it can maintain it's standards...the food and service are now really good and although any group may have some hiccups in summer, what with the phenomenal increase in clients, it is safe to say that it is a place...

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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

  • 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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  • Local Transit Options

    One of the best values in Tavira is provided by the Camara (town Council). Tavira's bus service is really well thought-out and first rate. It is operated jointly by the Camara, and by EVA, Portugal's largest inter-city bus company. The buses used are clean, modern Mercedes mini-buses that carry about 20 seated passengers. I've never seen one that...

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Tavira Shopping

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    Ex fish market in Tavira 4 more images

    by aterola Written Oct 12, 2011

    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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    Boomerang

    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.

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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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  • Don't forget to look up!

    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.

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  • Ilha de Tavira

    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...

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