What to do in Tavira?

Tavira is one of the most charming towns in the Algarve, and is a wonderful destination for your holiday.
Tavira lies along the slow flowing Gilão River, and is a delightful mix of traditional Portuguese heritage with deep-rooted Moorish influences. Concealed within the labyrinth of cobbled streets are traditionally tiled houses, family run restaurants, and a myriad of decorative churches.

South of Tavira are the protected waterways and mudflats of the Parque Natural da Ria Formosa, which leads to the beautiful sandy beaches of the Ilha de Tavira. Surrounding Tavira are the fascinating towns of Olhão, Vila Real de Santo António and Cabanas, along with world-class golf courses and unspoiled countryside.

As a holiday destination, Tavira is the perfect combination of beaches and culture, while still offering modern hotels, contemporary cuisines and glorious weather. Tavira is one of our favorite holiday destinations in the Algarve, and are sure you will discover the allure of it too. 

The beautiful beaches on the Ilha de Tavira, only a short ferry ride from the town center.

Tavira's relaxed and welcoming ambiance, where days are spent socialising in the many restaurants and bars.

Tavira is located on the eastern side of the Algarve, approximately 30 km east of Faro and 25 km west of the Spanish border. This region attracts fewer tourists than the central or western Algarve, and provides a more peaceful and calm holiday experience.

Flowing through the center of Tavira is the Gilao River, which meanders into the shallow waterways and mudflats of the Ria Formosa Nature Park; a haven for migratory birds and sea life. Beyond the Ria Formosa lagoons is the Ilha de Tavira, a sandbar island which is the location of Tavira's beautiful beaches.

Tavira is ideal for a 1-week holiday. A week in Tavira could combine time on the beaches with excursions to the towns of Olhão, Faro and Vila Real de Santo António. As Tavira is a large town, there is a wide selection of restaurants and bars, and it is easily possible to eat (and drink!) somewhere completely different every day.

If you are touring southern Portugal, you should plan to spend at least two days in Tavira. The first day would explore the historic sights of the town and the second day would visit the Santa Luzia and the beautiful beaches on the Ilha de Tavira. Alternatively, Tavira could be used as a base from which to explore the eastern Algarve.

Tavira is a great destination if you want more than beautiful beaches and glorious weather for your holiday. The town is a mature and unhurried destination, which combines an authentic Portuguese experience with modern tourist facilities and services.

Tavira is far removed from the busy tourism of the central and western Algarve, and Tavira is not a holiday destination for groups seeking crazy nightlife and excessive drinking. If you are purely after a beach focused holiday, then there are better locations in the Algarve than Tavira, such as Albufeira, Vilamoura and Praia da Rocha. Tavira's beaches are beautiful, but there are none within walking distance, and a ferry must be caught.

Tavira is one of the most popular day trips of the eastern Algarve. Tavira is a joy to explore with its plethora of historic buildings and ornate churches, all of which are set around charming plazas and pretty cobbled streets. There is good public transport connecting Tavira to the surrounding region, and the town can be easily explored on foot and independently.
If you get a chance to visit Tavira, then you should. 

Tavira is popular with families with young children, who are drawn by the calm and welcoming atmosphere. The town has a wide range of family friendly restaurants and hotels, while the beaches of Tavira are safe and suitable for children.
Tavira is a distance from the Algarve's theme and waterparks, and families with teenagers may prefer to be based close to the hecticness of the central Algarve. 

Tavira boasts a 10km long sandy coastline that extends along the southern side of the Ilha de Tavira island. This island is separated from the mainland by the waterways and mud flats of the of the Parque Natural da Ria Formosa, and there are regular ferries from central Tavira to the beaches.

The main beach of Tavira is the Praia de Tavira, which is at the eastern edge of the Ilha de Tavira, while further westwards are the peaceful beaches of Praia do Barril and the Praia da Terra Estreita. These beaches are calm and safe and are suitable for children.