The integration of Ria Formosa with the estuary of the river Gilão marks the landscape of Tavira. In addition to the Arabic influence recognized, its position made it an important point of passage of vessels carrying food (salted fish, dried fruits (figs and almonds), salt and wine). The importance of Tavira was growing until the 16th century also for being the nearest port to Africa, but in the following centuries, the economic activity of the municipality was slowing down, given the abandonment of the main commercial centers of Africa, the silting up of the River, the change of rich merchants for other cities and the increase in the tonnage of vessels. One of the activities that most designed the County was fishing for tuna, begun in 1732, and remained in force until the second half of the 20th century, when there was a move away from the shoals of tuna. This activity there are still traces how, for example, the arraial Ferreira Neto, a national monument. Currently, Tavira has full-blown for tourism and its beaches are the main attractions. Tourism in Ria Formosa is massive, but it's worth it to enjoy the tours to meet this natural setting of great beauty, elected as one of the 7 natural wonders of Portugal. The built heritage is remarkable: account with 21 churches and six convents, besides archaeological remains strong, and walls, who joins the gastronomic heritage, which features fish and shellfish assiduously and diverse sweets.
Where to eat in Tavira
Author, Portuguese, Vegetarian
Modern and pleasant space opened in 2006. It has a room inside, an esplanade and a magnificent terr…
Typical house that got its name of the many octopus dishes it offers. It has a charming esplanade.
Portuguese, Seafood restaurant
Accredited restaurant, serving well concocted dishes already rewarded in many gastronomy contests. …
For those going by the Cabanas beach this is an excellent option to regain strength. The menu highl…
What to do in Tavira
Castelo e Muralhas de Tavira
The foundations of the defensive system were built between the VIII and XIII centuries, during the Moslem domain. The earliest moor fortification was improved after the Christian Conquest, ordered by king Dom Dinis. Nowadays, you can still see some sections of the Wall, the Arco da Misericórdia and a part of the fortress that keeps its medieval characteristics. Inside the …
Porto de Recreio de Tavira
A small port for all kinds of yachts. There are firms with boats that carry people to the beach and small tours.
Palácio da Galeria / Museu Municipal de Tavira
In addition to insert in one of the most notable examples of civil architecture in the city, this space was rehabilitated in 2001 and currently works as a dynamic pole of art, culture and education.
Igreja da Misericórdia de Tavira
Church built in the XVI century, considered to be one of the finest exemplars of renaissance in all Algarve. Its portal of great beauty, deeply worked, stands out at the façade. Inside, are worthy of notice the main chapel with …
Antigo Mercado da Ribeira
Building from the XIX century, that was the provision market until 1999. Nowadays it is a large place with shops, restaurants and several exhibitions.
Igreja de Santa Maria do Castelo
Building from the XIII century, rebuilt after the earthquake of 1755. It keeps the gothic structure and doorway. At the main chapel is the tomb of the seven knights of Santiago Order, killed by the moors on an ambush, which …
Parque de Campismo Municipal da Ilha de Tavira
The Parque de Campismo Municipal da Tavira island enjoys an excellent location, close to beautiful beaches, revealing a destination very appreciated by campers. Is a place very suitable for hiking and other water sports. Don't miss the opportunity to visit …
Praia do Barril
A much attended beach by tourists, at the Natural Park of Ria Formosa. One may get there by a red mini-train that connects Pedras de El-Rei and the beach for 2€, which is a lovely ride. At the end of …
Praia da Ilha de Cabanas
A wide, wonderful stretch of sand , with crystal clear water, ideal for those who enjoy sports fishing. It has harmoniously alligned straw parasols and several restaurants and beach bars. The access to the sandy area is made on a …
Praia da Ilha de Tavira / Praia das Cascas
A beach with a wide sandy area that can only be accessed by boat at a price of 90 cents. Located at the Natural Park of the Ria Formosa, this wide stretch of sand has all the necessary equipments for …
Centro Ciência Viva de Tavira
Having as main theme "water", this is a technological center that aims to stimulate the curiosity of the general public and young people in particular on Science and technology. Besides being inserted in the wonderful Convento do Carmo, has distinct …
Praia da Terra Estreita / Praia de Santa Luzia
This beach is located in the Natural Park of the Ria Formosa. In the low tide, one may get there on foot or, in the high tide, by boat. There are boats every 30 minutes at a prices of 2.50 …
Jardim Público de Tavira
Garden with a band stand, some monuments and an esplanade. Inside is a lake with waterspout. Great variety of floral species.
Where to sleep in Tavira
Edifício charmoso do século XVIII, localizado bem no centro histórico de Tavira, onde o conforto e a modernidade imperam. Dispõe de cinco quartos, pátio privat…
Quinta dos Perfumes, near Tavira, is inserted in an agricultural property and offers six rooms, five suites and one double room, very bright, due to its privil…
Placed in the Parque Natural da Ria Formosa (Nature Park), the hotel is in front of the Tavira Island. Placed in a former tuna fishery settlement and on the fi…
This city of the Algarve mainly lives from tourism and agriculture and also keeps, however, the tradition of craftsmanship. Here you will be able to …
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Monchique is the living example that the Algarve is much more than just sun and beach. Located inside Algarve, this municipality is situated in the m…
Aljezur is a municipality where the fishing activity is predominant and with a rich and diverse natural heritage. Located along the Ocean coast, and …