What to do and see in Tavira, Portugal: The Best Places and Tips

February 26, 2018 Sheron Bogner

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
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5 based on 61 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.

Reviewed By Debbie V

I did the tour by jeep to Pego do Inferno waterfall with Luis, it was an amazing experience and excellent ending to my trip! The guide has a great personality and is funny. He makes sure everyone is enjoying himself and even went out of...MoreThank you very much for your review which will help to increese even better our services, and and it is an encouragement to all our staff, including Luis:) Hope we help to make your holidays even better. Luis is an extraordinary person:) Best regards. Costa

2. Cabanas de Tavira beach

Cabanas, Tavira, Portugal
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4.5 based on 842 reviews

Cabanas de Tavira beach

Reviewed By Oscar F

Great beach lots of space for the little ones, táxi bout a bit expensive but the Fairy Service was very reasonable. Overall a nice day out?

3. Praia do Barril

Aldeamento Pedras Del Rei | Santa Luzia, Tavira 8800-531, Portugal +351 281 380 600
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4.5 based on 1 reviews

Praia do Barril

Reviewed By Sc0ttishbill - Faro, Portugal

The beach is beautiful and very clean. I usually walk, but it is possible to go out on the little train which owes its existence to the tuna fishery of bygone days. Other reviewers have referred to the "anchor cemetery". This also is a relic of the times when tuna were caught and landed here and there is a museum within the buildings behind the beach which explains the network of nets, anchored to the sea floor, into which the fish were herded. It is well worth a visit. I find the restaurants less worthy of praise. You are a captive clientele. Quality is mediocre at best and prices are high.

4. Tavira Island

Tavira, Portugal
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4.5 based on 1 reviews

Tavira Island

Reviewed By Tony W - Tavira, Portugal

This is a lovely family beach, accessed by Ferry from either Tavira town or Quatrain Aquas.
In the height of the season it is, understandably very busy. So early arrival is advised.
Great range of restaurants and bars for most tastes, but mainly fish.
Be sure not to miss Marinho Bolinas who sells fresh donuts on the beach. A real character and much loved by the locals and those visitors who know him!

5. Igreja da Misericordia

Rua da Galeria | Travessa da Fonte, Tavira 8800-329, Portugal +351 289 247 120
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4.5 based on 165 reviews

Igreja da Misericordia

Reviewed By PTB46 - Stockton-on-Tees, United Kingdom

You would never guess this place existed but it is worth half an hour of your life. Few of us are experts on 17th century ecclesiastical Portuguese architecture but you don't need to be. The blue and white 'ajulejos' tile work is work seeing, it's very fine indeed and the best in the city.

6. Camera Obscura

Calcada da Galeria 12 | Torre de Tavira, Tavira 8800-306, Portugal +351 281 322 527
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4.5 based on 535 reviews

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 commentator 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. Please note that the last show is performed 30 minutes before the closing time so we kindly recommend to arrive before 4:30 pm Monday to Friday or 12:30 pm Saturday and Sunday. Thank you.

Reviewed By Lin D - Royston, United Kingdom

Loved our visit to this attraction... The guide was very informative and made the whole experience really interesting. The overview of Tavira is really useful. Well worth the 4 euro entrance fee.

7. Ponte antiga sobre o Rio Gilao

Praca da Republica | Santa Maria, Tavira 8800-316, Portugal
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4.5 based on 348 reviews

Ponte antiga sobre o Rio Gilao

Reviewed By LezliC - St. Neots, United Kingdom

It seems a bit strange to review a bridge that would not be missed if you visit Travira. An ancient crossing and a great viewpoint. The old setts in pavement shine in the Algarve Sunshine.

8. Praca da Republica

Tavira 8800-316, Portugal
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4 based on 94 reviews

Praca da Republica

Reviewed By Crystalline4u - Traralgon, Australia

In the middle of town, not too far from the beautiful old bridge... there is a square. You can easily imagine the locals venturing here for public events. It's a beautiful open area with water features.
There are stores nearby that are delightful to wander in and out of. Tavira isn't a big town...but there is something that is incredibly beautiful and appealing about it.

9. Castelo de Tavira

Urbanizacao Tavira Garden, Tavira 8800-221, Portugal
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4 based on 320 reviews

Castelo de Tavira

Reviewed By Colin T - Chelmsford, United Kingdom

We had a walk to the castle early one morning before it gets too hot plenty of steps and good views from what's left of the battlements.the central grounds are now full of different plants and trees there's no entry fee and doesn't take long to look round

10. Xiribeachbar - Ilha de Tavira

Ilha de Tavira, Tavira, Portugal +351 963 969 217
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4.5 based on 53 reviews

Xiribeachbar - Ilha de Tavira

Reviewed By Julia p P - Haywards Heath, United Kingdom

Xiri beach bar looks unassuming tucked at the end of the path at the back of the beach but apart from the friendly helpful staff it offers a 5 star service catering for all our needs. From hiring sun beds and cabanas/parasols, delicious coffee to start the day, drinks whenever you want and cocktails at sunset, you can even book a massage.

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