The 10 Best Things to do in Tavira, Algarve

April 2, 2022 Jacquiline Delozier

Tavira (Portuguese pronunciation: [tɐˈviɾɐ]) is a Portuguese town and municipality, capital of the Costa do Acantilado, situated in the east of the Algarve on the south coast of Portugal. It is 28 kilometres (17 miles) east of Faro and 75 kilometres (47 miles) west of Huelva across the Río Grande (Rio Guadiana) into Spain. The Gilão River meets the Atlantic Ocean in Tavira. The population in 2011 was 26,167, in an area of 606.97 km².
Restaurants in Tavira

1. Costabeach Tavira Island and Tours

Tavira 8800-000 Portugal +351 912 525 858 [email protected] http://www.costabeach.net
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5.0 based on 109 reviews

Costabeach Tavira Island and Tours

Costabeach is inTavira Island. It is a clean and awarded beach whith a whithe sand, and crystal clear waters, in the Natural Park of Ria Formosa, wher you can enjoy nature and huts rental service, loungers, and Bar service. You also make boat trips on the Ria Formosa, so you can discover our smalls canals and know the fishing villages as well as observe Flamingos. We have other services such as, boat renting, kayaks renting, Fisching trips, Dolfhins Watching, Snorkling, and Off Road Tours.

2. Tavira Island

Tavira Portugal
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4.5 based on 2,512 reviews

Tavira Island

Reviewed By 800garry - Keighley, United Kingdom

The day began by getting a ferry from Tavira to Tavira island 2 euro each return, on arrival at the island we were greeted with miles and miles of sandy beach, there was bars and restaurants along the beach, the only thing to be aware of is that there were nudist bathing on the beach, not sure if this is common practise as there was no signs anywhere displaying nudist beach.

3. Praia do Barril

Aldeamento Pedras Del Rei Santa Luzia, Tavira 8800-531 Portugal +351 281 380 600 http://www.pedrasdelrei.com
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4.5 based on 1,817 reviews

Praia do Barril

Reviewed By FrequentFlier617512 - Bolton, United Kingdom

This is the best beach in the Easter Algarve, in my opinion, take the little train across the Ria Formosa, to the ex tuna fishing village, that now forms a complex of eateries and shops, next to a beautiful beach. In summer lie back and relax, winter take a brisk walk on the beach.

4. Cabanas de Tavira Beach

Cabanas, Tavira Portugal
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4.5 based on 1,152 reviews

Cabanas de Tavira Beach

Reviewed By avriltomas - Tavira, Portugal

Beautiful white flat beach, never over populated. A perfect beach experience just a short ferry ride from the main board walk.

5. Ponte antiga sobre o Rio Gilao

Praca da Republica Santa Maria, Tavira 8800-316 Portugal
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4.5 based on 503 reviews

Ponte antiga sobre o Rio Gilao

Reviewed By iveter - Sao Paulo, Brazil

Lovely old bridge over Gilao River Great viiews of the River. Love locks on both sides. Access to the other side of Tavira. Great picture spot !

6. Igreja da Misericordia

Rua da Galeria Travessa da Fonte, Tavira 8800-329 Portugal +351 289 247 120 http://sky.easypano.com/panoramic-images/vista-panor%C3%A2mica-de-Tavira-da-torre-da-igreja-de-Mis%C3%A9ricordia-121879.html
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4.5 based on 246 reviews

Igreja da Misericordia

Reviewed By Mairwen1

One thing Tavira is not short of, is churches. There are over 20, mostly within walking distance of each other. If you’re only going to see one or two, then this is the one to see. It is almost entirely covered inside with blue and white tiles azulejos tiles with detailed scenes. This church is linked with 2 others (Santiago and Santa Maria do Castelo) and for €7 you can get a single pass into all three, the Santiago bell tower and the Artgilao museum. They are all within 5 minutes of each other and you can do them in any order. Just ask for the pass at the first church. They will give you a pass to hang around your necking an information booklet at each church. Kids can collect a new stamp on their pass at each church which makes it a bit more fun for them. Misericordia is deceptively simple from the front with a plain white walls that are only broken by the central stone-carved portal with a statue of Our Lady of Mercy, supported by angels and flanked by statues of Saints Peter and Paul. Inside, it’s anything but plain. The showpiece is the ornate tiling on the walls, dating from the 1760’s.  The overall effect is striking but it’s also worth walking around each of the detailed scenes. Each one tells illustrates one of the works of mercy. Traditionally these are the Jesus’ lessons for how people should should treat others. There are 7 corporal acts which when you think about it are all pretty practical no-nonsense acts of kindness – the basically just random acts of kindness. They include feeding the hungry, giving drink to the thirsty, clothing the naked, sheltering travellers, visiting the sick, visiting the imprisoned and burying the dead. The other 7 are spiritual acts which include forgiveness, prayer and comforting others. You can take photos inside and there is a small gift shop selling simple cards and bookmarks (they made a great gift for Book Club back home). HOURS: It is closed on Mondays and Sundays and on the other days, it closes for a chunk of time in the middle of the day, between 12:30 – 2. (3pm in summer).

7. Camera Obscura - Tavira EYE

Calcada da Galeria, 12 Torre de Tavira, Tavira 8800-306 Portugal +351 281 322 527 [email protected] http://www.torredetavira.com
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4.0 based on 698 reviews

Camera Obscura - Tavira EYE

Welcome Back to the Camera Obscura! We are now open to the public. We have missed you all dearly and are excited to see you and your families back at the Camera Obscura. On the skyline of the pretty Moorish town of Tavira stands a strange construction. A cylindrical form on spindly legs with what appears to be a single eye that slowly turns to observe the town, it's presence like that of an alien spaceship from War of the Worlds. The cylinder however contains a delightful camera obscura, and in the cool darkened space it's revolving lens projects telescopic images of the town below onto a large concave screen. The Guide tells you that from ground level you cannot be seen as you observe the comings and goings of the street below. What fun then, when walking through the town, you become aware of the eye turning to face you and you face it, smile and wave at the surprised tourists inside. Thank you for your visit, we do appreciate it very much!

Reviewed By smugarc

The Perfect introduction to Tavira , easy access via a lift , this is an interesting view of the town in real time . It all takes place in the top of the old water tower in a darkened room, The tour guide is very knowledgeable & well informed he is multi lingual with a great sense of humour , he tells you about the history of Tavira and the surrounding area using the device to illustrate some funny and interesting story's . I can recomend the Camera obscure , great value at €5.

8. Castelo de Tavira

Largo Abu-Otmane, Tavira 8800-606 Portugal http://www.guiadacidade.pt/pt/poi-castelo-de-tavira-15561
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Castelo de Tavira

Reviewed By Mairwen1

Don’t expect an actual castle. These are only the ruins of a medieval fortress castle and there’s not a lot left other than the walls. Being a fortress, it was of course built at the highest point in Tavira where they could guard against attacks from North African raiders and pirates. Today this means that if you climb the walls, you get excellent views across Tavira as far as the Rio Formosa. History is a bit fuzzy around the dates but it possibly dates from the 8th century. What you see here now is more likely from the 11th century and it we know that it was re-modelled and reinforced after the Christian crusaders arrived in 1242. 500 years later, it was very badly damaged in the devastating 1755 earthquake, leaving it in its current state of disrepair. Inside the walls is a very pretty garden with vibrant purple bougainvillea, lavender hedges and showy orange flame vine with its long trumpet flowers. The steps up to the castle walls are a little dodgy and walking around the battlements is not for the faint hearted. If you’re not good with heights, the old metal railings might not feel entirely safe. The views are definitely worth it though. The castle is right next door to the Church Santa Maria do Castelo which has a great bell tower (for those not already tired of climbing stairs) and an excellent small museum. TIP: we kept seeing a chap who stood out the front as if to collect an entry fee. You can safely ignore him as entry is free and he is just chancing his luck that some people will pay him.

9. Praca da Republica

Tavira 8800-316 Portugal
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4.0 based on 192 reviews

Praca da Republica

Reviewed By Taxidevil - Glasgow, United Kingdom

Lovely cobbled square with a fountain bounded on one side by cafes to sit and watch the world go by.. The Tourist office is also on the square. Easy to find as it sits on one side of the Roman Bridge.

10. Pego do Inferno

Estr. EN514-2, Santo Estevao, Tavira 8800 Portugal
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3.0 based on 551 reviews

Pego do Inferno

Pego do Inferno is a small waterfall and lake located in the parish of Santo Estêvão, in Tavira in the Algarve, Portugal. It is one of the three waterfalls formed by Asseca stream.

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