Tips for your holidays in Tavira
If you want to immerse yourself in Southern Portuguese culture without the touristic crowd of the central Algarve, Tavira is the place for you to spend your holidays at. This little town in the Eastern Algarve has maintained its authentic Portuguese charm and the family-run businesses will give you a glimpse of what Portugal is all about.
The proximity to the Natural Park of Ria Formosa
invites for a boat tour in Tavira to discover the local flora and fauna of that beautiful park. Just outside of the town, you can visit the island Ilha de Tavira and relax on one of the sandy beaches or go on fishing
in Tavira. Fishing in Tavira are very popular and promises the biggest catch of your life! You can choose to go Big Game Fishing in Tavira
or even opt for Shark Fishing in Tavira
and feel the adrenaline rushing through your veins!
- Our favorite beach: Cacela Velha
- Our favorite restaurant: Restaurante O Castelo
- Our favorite boat tour in Tavira: Sunset Tour in Tavira
- Our favorite water sport in Tavira: Big Game Fishing in Tavira
Getting around in Tavira
The best way to discover the Algarve region during your stay in Tavira is definitely by car. With a car, you can go to any beaches, attractions, and small villages in the Algarve. However, there are train and bus lines. The best way to discover the coastline, caves and beaches in the area, is definitely the boat tours.
Best things to do during your holidays in Tavira
During your holiday in Tavira, going to the beach at Ilha de Tavira is a must. In fact, Tavira is surrounded by beaches for all tastes. You can find amazing beaches, that you can reach by boat, crowded beaches full of lively beach bars or endless empty beaches.
Tavira has a beautiful avenue along the Séqua River, Roman bridges, pleasant squares and beautiful city gardens are part of this cute town. The main city garden, “Jardim público de Tavira” is located just along the Rio Séqua. There is a second beautiful garden, located on the other side of the river, called “Jardim da Allagoa”. The “Praça da República” square is ideal for some quality time with friends and family, with restaurants and place for the kids to play.
For the cyclers, there is a bicycle way along the Salinas - where salt is produced. We promise some amazing views. And the good news? It’s a rather flat path.
In and around Tavira, you can find many historical landmarks and churches. So if you want to taste some local history and culture here are some historical landmarks, churches and museums worth a visit. Forte de São João da Barra is a fortress in Cabanas de Tavira which was transformed to a guesthouse. Forte de Santo António de Tavira is also known as Forte do Rato or Forte da Ilha das Lebres. There is not much left from the fort but you have a wonderful view over Tavira all the way out to the islands of Ria Formosa. And if you like ruins, how about checking out the Ruínas Fenícias de Tavira?
If you’re fond of churches, you might want to put Igreja Nossa Senhora do Carmo, Igreja Matriz de Nossa Senhora da Luz, Igreja do Antigo Convento de Santo António dos Capuchos, Igreja de Santiago, Igreja de Santa Maria do Castelo, Ermida de São Sebastião, Sé de Tavira and Igreja da Misericórdia on your list.
In Faro, near Tavira, you can find a Centro Ciência Viva do Algarve (Living Science Centre of the Algarve). This Museum is the perfect option for a day of bad weather. It’s suitable for all ages! The small but interesting Núcleo Museológico da Pesca do Atum (Tuna Fishing Museum Center) is a nice thing to do in Tavira too if you’d like to learn more about tuna fishing in the Algarve.
For adventure lovers, a day trip to Pego do Inferno, a small waterfall and lake located in the parish of Santo Estêvão, Tavira, is always nice. It's not easy to get there, but it's surely an adventure that's worth it!
The best boat tours in Tavira
There is no better way to enjoy the sunset, than on a sunset boat tour in the Ria Formosa
. Or even better, chartering your own yacht in Tavira to explore the Ria Formosa at your own pace.
The fishing tours in Tavira
, are provided on a professional fishing yacht, which takes you for half or full day fishing tours. You’ll be guided by local fishermen.
What and where to eat
At Mercado Municipal de Tavira, you can find the freshest local food. It’s the place to go, to walk around, and see local farmers and fisherman selling their products. Near Mercado Municipal de Tavira, you can find typical restaurants. Some of the best ones are “Saudade em Português” and “Água Salgada Petisqueria”.
The most recommended typical restaurants are: “O Tonel”, “Aquasul”, “A Barraquinha” and “A Ver Tavira”. And, of course, the cute and authentic “Restaurante O Castelo” for high-quality fish or steak.
The best beaches in Tavira
Tavira is surrounded by beautiful and comfortable white beaches. Some of the beaches we like most are Praia do Golden Club and Praia de Cabanas de Tavira of golden sand. These two are wonderful for sunbathing, swimming or spending hours just wandering. Praia de Cacela Velha is great for kids as, depending on the tides, the beach creates some type of lagoons where the kids can safely play in.
Praia da Ilha de Tavira, Praia da Terra Estreita and Praia do Barril are a must. These two are the closest to the town of Tavira. Powell Beach is in between Cabanas and Cacela Velha. Praia do Forte da Barra is the most Western point of Cabanas. In sum, there are many beaches to choose from around Tavira.
Whatever you decide to do during your vacation in Tavira, we promise you will love the best watersports and boat tours! Sunshine and a lot of fun are guaranteed! For any further tips or requests, feel free to contact us anytime.