Tavira, the cultural centre of the Algarve.
A great place to stay, a better place to live.
In the whole of the Algarve, Tavira along with Lagos is one of the most attractive towns from an architectural point of view. Unlike the western part of the Algarve which has many tourist developments, Tavira is located in the east which is relatively undiscovered. Here you can find peace of mind away from the madding crowd……................................
………………… here time stood still!
This charming town has been rebuilt after the earthquake of 1755 with many beautiful 18th century buildings. Even today with it’s many fishermen boats on the River Gilăo the town shows it’s glory days of the past when the fishing industry was of great economic
It is very easy to lose track of time in this lovely old town. You can spend hours and hours strolling the charming cobblestone streets with it’s many restaurants, shops, bars and terraces to enjoy a refreshment in the sun. If you like fresh sea food, this is paradise! And there are many restaurants to explore. Restaurant O Patio has a very pleasant roof terrace with views of Tavira and it´s famous roofs, Telhados. Or try one of the delicious fresh salads at restaurant O Abstrato in the center of town.
Alternatively, you can go to Ilha de Tavira, it’s famous beach with many small restaurants and more… For beach lovers there are many more beaches in the vicinity worthwhile to pay a visit to such as Cabanas, Pedras del Rey and a bit further out you will find a very pleasant beach in Praia Verde.
Then when the evening falls it’s time to explore the local night life and party all night long…… and when needed, you can always go to confession the morning after in one of the 28 churches of Tavira! Furthermore, because Tavira doesn´t have a concert hall, classical concerts are being held in some of the churches. If you like to find out more about ‘what´s on this week’, just buy the Algarve Resident in any kiosk in the Algarve. It provides a weekly over view of various activities e.g. Markets, Car Boot sales, Fairs and Festivals, Dance and Golf, Music and Exhibitions.
There are various golf courses in the vicinity. The Benamor golf corse is just outside of town. Quinta da Ria, Quinta de Cima and Castro Marim are a bit further out. Some also offering accommodation such as the private Golf Resort Colina Verde in Maragota. Although the opening of golf courses has lead to an increase in tourism, the hinterland is still very rural and unspoilt.
When planning for a stay, it is recommendable to book in advance. There are many small pensions, B&B´s and more upmarket hotels to stay in. If you are tired of resort style hotels and are looking for something special, why not stay at the private accommodation of the TAVIRA INN. Here you will find an unusual mixture of traditional and modern Portuguese architectural styles and many ‘objects d´art’. It offers a seawater pool, funky Jazz bar and five quiet hotel rooms but without compromising the comfortable, warm feeling of a home away from home.
Really, you simply don´t have time to get bored in Tavira, the cultural centre of the Algarve.