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.
Best restaurants in Tavira
Author, Traditional Portuguese
Modern and pleasant space opened in 2006. It has a room inside, an esplanade and a magnificent te...
Regional, Traditional Portuguese
Situated in the Centre of Santa Luzia, Abbot's House is a great choice for those who appreciate t...
Typical house that got its name of the many octopus dishes it offers. It has a charming esplanade.
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 hig...
Best Of Tavira
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.
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 ...
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 ...
Forte da Conceição / Forte de São João / Forte de São João da Barra
Fort dated from the XVII century, with a four tips star drawing and a gate preceded by a moat.
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 ...
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 ...
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.
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.
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 ...
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.
Pousada Convento Tavira
Historic Inn with 35 rooms and six suites, totally equipped. Inserted into the convent of the Chapels of St. Augustine, founded by Dom Sebastião, provides a warm atmosphere and a gastronomy with strong maritime pendant. It lies close to the ...
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 ...
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 ...
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 ...
Ubi & Bubi Bar
This amusing bar has live music, Karaoke, and mainly, high spirits and cheerful mood.
Peaceful and pleasant place, with eight modern double rooms and one suite, a bar, a small shop with regional products, an esplanade and so leisure areas in the outside.