Tavira is a beautiful historical town situated on one of the easternmost locations of the Algarve. It is blessed with remarkable natural beauty surrounded with orange, almond and fig trees. The city offers a splendid architecture dating back thousands of years as well as pristine beaches on its idyllic Ilha de Tavira only accessible by ferryboat. As reminded by the ancient bridge on the River Gilão in the heart of the old town, the romans were the first to set foot on its coast, followed by the Moors, which gives the Tavira a truly unique charm. Indeed it is a relaxed, peaceful town with a great deal of cultural heritage and is often referred to as the town of churches with no less than 37 of them spread across the city.
Tavira is also known for its world class golf courses such as the Benamor and Colina Verde, which will contribute for a remarkable experience. Combined with a choice of great value for money accommodations the town has everything for a perfect holiday for both couples and families.
Top 10 Tavira attractions
Tavira is blessed with a variety of amazing sites within its narrow streets from its lively main square to the peaceful Moorish castle on top of the majestic hill passing by its famous Roman bridge. Not to forget, the various wonderful attractions situated around the city such as the as the picture perfect Tavira island or the unique Tavira Anchors Cemetery. The top 10 sites worth discovering in Tavira include:
- Tavira castle
- Tavira Roman bridge
- Praca da Republica
- Church of Mercy
- Church of Santa Maria
- Church of Santiago
- Convent of Nossa Senhora da Graça
- Tavira anchors cemetery
- Island of Tavira
- Parque Natural da Ria Formosa
The Tavira Castle was first built during the 13th century, but later re-built by the Moors and the Christians and finally partially destroyed during the 1755 earthquake. Located on a small hill, it offers spectacular views over the city and the surrounding areas.
Tavira Roman bridge
The Ponte Romana or Roman bridge, situated over the River Gilão and linking the two parts of the town is one of the most famous features of Tavira. This seven arch bridge was first built by the Roman some 2000 years ago, then redesigned during the 17th century and became a pedestrians only crossing after the 1989 floods.
Praça da República
Tavira wealthy past can be seen when visiting Praça da República, the main town square surrounded with grandiose Portuguese houses with tiled fronts. Bordered by the Ponte Romana and the River Gilão on one side and the Town Hall on the other, it is today packed with a variety of terraced cafes and restaurants, ideal to take a break and enjoy a refreshment. Next to the square, longing the river, are some lovely gardens, for those looking for a shaded place to sit and enjoy the local life passing by.
Church of Mercy
The Igreja da Misericórdia or Church of Mercy is one of Tavira’s oldest church dating back to the 16th century. Located on a hill next to the tourism office, west of Praça da República, it is one the towns’ finest, showing a variety of beautiful carvings depicting the life of Christ as well as magnificent traditional blue and white azulejos.
Church of Santa Maria
The Igreja de Santa Maria do Castelo or Church of Santa Maria was first built in the 13th century on the site of a Mosque right next to Tavira’s Castle. It is famous for presumably holding the tombs of Dom Paio Peres Correia and his seven knights, the man responsible for taking back the city from the Moors.
Church of Santiago
The Igreja de Santiago is a lovely Church dating back to 1270 located in the heart of the city next to both Tavira’s castle and the Igreja de Santa Maria.
Convent of Nossa Senhora da Graça
The Convent of Nossa Senhora da Graça or Our Lady of Grace dates back to 1542 and built by the Augustinian Order, which soon became one of the key centre of education in Tavira. During the 19th century it was taken by the army and more recently in 2006 it was converted to a Portuguese Pousada called the Pousada Convento da Graça. It is now possible to book a luxury room in this great establishment, located next to both the Igreja de Santa Maria and Santiago.
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Island of Tavira
The Ilha de Tavira or Tavira Island is perhaps the most important attraction for sun worshipers. Indeed this beautiful island , located south of the city and only accessible by ferryboat has no less than 11 km of coastline, offering some of the best beaches of the region. From the safe family bathing option on one side of the island to the other wilder side with large waves and passing by naturism areas, the Ilha de Tavira really has something for everyone.
Tavira anchors cemetery
The Tavira Cemitério das Âncoras or Anchors Cemetery situated on the Praia do Barril in the Island of Tavira, is a truly unique and spectacular site, definitely worth discovering when visiting the region. Indeed it is where an impressive number of anchors rust in the sand alongside the Atlantic coastline. This cemetery is a reminder of Tavira’s importance in the tuna fishing industry, which once represented the main livelihood of the city’s inhabitants.
Parque Natural da Ria Formosa
The Parque Natural da Ria Formosa is the perfect place for nature and bird lovers being a nesting ground for Flamingos, King Fishers and Storks amongst other species. This beautiful park with over 60km of coastline has plenty on offer from freshwater lakes to sand dune islands where live a great variety of fauna and flora.
Top Tavira hotels
The following are some of the best 3, 4 and 5 stars hotels in Tavira as voted by the users.
Pousada de Tavira Convento da Graça Hotel
Rua D. Paio Peres Correia, Tavira, Tavira, Portugal 8800-407 – 4 Stars
Non smoking rooms, desk, hair dryer are among the amenities guests will find in every room. Guests will enjoy the hotel’s excellent facilities and services including business centre, bar/pub, shops. Those looking for first-rate sporting and leisure facilities will find garden. With its commitment to service and focus on hospitality, you’ll enjoy your stay at Pousada de Tavira Convento da Graça Hotel.
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Quinta Da Lua Hotel
Bernardinheiro 1622-X, Tavira, Tavira, Portugal – 5 Stars
There are non smoking rooms, balcony/terrace, hair dryer, bathrobes in each of the hotel’s well-equipped rooms. This excellent hotel in Tavira also has shops, safety deposit boxes, laundry service/dry cleaning. For the enjoyment of guests interested in sports or leisure, there are massage, outdoor pool on the grounds. With a full range of popular amenities and a friendly, caring staff, it’s no wonder guests keep returning to Quinta Da Lua Hotel.
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Pedras D’El Rei Hotel
Aldeamento Pedras D el Rei Santa Luzia, Tavira, Tavira, Portugal – 3 Stars
Television, balcony/terrace, separate shower and tub, shower are among the amenities guests will find in every room. Other features at the hotel include 24hr room service, bicycle rental, bar/pub. For the enjoyment of guests interested in sports or leisure, there are water sports (non-motorized), outdoor pool, massage on the grounds. With a full range of popular amenities and a friendly, caring staff, it’s no wonder guests keep returning to Pedras D’El Rei Hotel.
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Vila Gale Tavira Hotel
Rua 4 de Outubro, Tavira, Tavira, Portugal 8800-362 – 4 Stars
There are desk, air conditioning, hair dryer in each of the hotel’s well-equipped rooms. Featuring laundry service/dry cleaning, elevator, bar/pub, restaurant, this Tavira hotel is sure to make each guest’s trip an enjoyable one. Jacuzzi, gym, golf course (on site) are on-site for guests’ enjoyment. Guests will find this service-oriented hotel with superb facilities and amenities provides excellent value.
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Porta Nova Hotel
Rua Antonio Pinheiro, Tavira, Tavira, Portugal 8800-323 – 4 Stars
Every room in the hotel offers guests television, hair dryer, non smoking rooms, in room safe. To make each guest’s stay more complete, this Tavira hotel offers bar/pub, 24hr room service, elevator. Golf course (on site), garden, indoor pool are on-site for guests’ enjoyment. This charming property has long been a favourite in Tavira for both business and leisure travellers. Porta Nova Hotel can be easily booked with our secure online booking form.
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Vila Gale Albacora Hotel
Quatro Aguas, Tavira, Tavira, Portugal 8800 – 4 Stars
There are in room safe, television, desk, hair dryer in each of the hotel’s well-equipped rooms. In addition, this property in Tavira has meeting facilities, shops, laundry service/dry cleaning. For the enjoyment of guests interested in sports or leisure, there are golf course (on site), gym, jacuzzi on the grounds. Comfort and convenience are the hallmarks of Vila Gale Albacora Hotel. To make your reservation at Vila Gale Albacora Hotel Tavira, just enter your travel dates on our secure online booking form and submit.
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