Tavira is a small, charming city surrounded by golden sand beaches; it is located near a very interesting natural park.
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Tavira is the gem of the Algarve; since the times of the Moors it has been a traditional fishing village as well as an important commercial base.

The city is characterised by its narrow alleys connecting the port to the old town. Tavira is surrounded by a series of untouched beaches located in the protected area of the Ria Formosa Natural Park.

This area of the Algarve managed to keep a more traditional soul as it is not as touristic as the rest of the region.

Just like the rest of the Algarve, Tavira has witnessed several conquers and conflicts. The earthquake of 1755 destroyed it almost completely. Today though the city is back to its splendour with its 18th centuries buildings and its 37 churches.

Things to do in Tavira

In the center of Tavira there is a castle dating back to the 13th century; it is possible to visit it by going up the hill where it is located. Not too far from the castle there is the Renaissance church Igreja da Misericordia.

Visit the Church of  Santa Maria do Castelo built on the ruins of the ancient Moorish mosque, which preserves the relics of the conqueror Dom paio Peres Correia and his knights.

Visitors can stroll around the city and go down to the valley; cross the Roman bridge on Gilao river; this is the closest you can get to the sea.

Ria Formosa Natural Park

The importance of Ria Formosa Natural Park has no comparisons in terms of migratore bird watching. This is the perfect place to stay in touch with nature and be enchanted by the sounds, shapes, and colours of this park.

Birdwatching lovers will be happy to know that it is possible to join guided tours available both for beginners and experts.

Being located at the estuary of the Ria Formosa, it is possible to explore the park on mini boat tours along the lagoon.

The beaches

Tavira’s beaches stretch along a 7 kilometres strip of land named Ilha de Tavira, which can be reached on a small boat ride from the city.

Boat rides can be pretty pricey; however, the natural beauty of these beaches is worth every penny. The main beach is Praia de Tavira, which is located west to Ilha de Tavira.

It is worth to mention also Praia do Barril and Praia de Terra Estreita. The first was dedicated to the activity of tuna-fishing, but today it hosts a cafe and a few romantic restaurants.

The beach is adorned with the nets used by the fishermen.

Tavira Weather

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Where is located Tavira

Tavira is located on the eastern side of the Algarve region. Faro is the main connecting hub if you are coming from Lisbon by train or by plane. It is possible to reach Tavira from Faro by renting a car or using the regional trains.

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