Tantalising Tavira Holidays
Boasting a wealth of historic attractions and beautiful architecture, all scattered amongst an enchanting maze of cobbled streets, Tavira is the most quaintly beautiful of all the towns in the Algarve. Not only does this pretty destination offer impressive monuments and unique culture, Tavira is also a mere 3km from the Algarve's beautiful coast and the stunningly sun-drenched beaches of the Ilha de Tavira.
Tavira holidays offer an abundance of activities and cultural exploration for travellers of all ages. Soak up the scenery along the glorious coast, discover the wonder of the town’s historical significance or sit back and relax in a traditional restaurant with a hearty plate of freshly caught seafood – this is Portugal at its most charismatic.
At a glance
- Time Zone: GMT +
- Average flight time: 2h 55m
When to go
(°C) Avg. High Temp
Things to do in Tavira
The historic and charming Old Town is definitely not to be missed. Enter the beautiful plaza via the 16th century Porta Dom Manuel and explore a maze of streets scattered with grand palaces and an ornate water tower, among many other picturesque period features. This is by far the best way to get to grips with the true character of this magical town, and to lose yourself in Tavira attractions.
Experience a completely different side of Tavira’s architectural prowess, and head to the glittering façade of Biblioteca Municipal Alvaro de Campos. The town’s municipal library, this building is a triumph of construction, and well worth a visit for any fans of innovative design.
Amongst the warren of meandering, cobbled streets and alleys of the town’s centre, countless stylish hotels and rustic, traditionally run guesthouses can be found, all offering a warm welcome. You are sure to feel at home wherever you find yourself in Tavira, and with a sprinkling of authentic restaurants, bars and cafes on your doorstep, everything you could need for the perfect holiday is within easy reach. If you did want to go wandering, Olhao, Faro, and Albuferia are all within reach.
For those who thrive off hustle and bustle, Santiago, the central area of Tavira, offers a wide range of shopping destinations and boutiques, as well as a multitude of accommodation options to suit all tastes.
Tavira is one of the Algarve’s most sparkling hidden treasures, overflowing with stunning, gothic-inspired architecture and ornate, stone facades. Combined with the town’s charmingly cobbled paths and historical gems, including a preserved roman bridge and gorgeously rendered Renaissance churches, Tavira holidays areis a trove of discovery for any culture vulture.
Not only is this Algarve town beautiful in its own right, it is nestled amongst some of the region’s most glorious natural surroundings. Located around the undulating Rio Gilao – one of Portugal’s most picturesque rivers – and only a stone’s throw from the beautiful white-sand beaches of the Ilha Tavira, Tavira has much more to offer beyond its enchanting streets.
As the sun sets, there is no better way to relax and unwind amidst the beautiful natural vistas and rugged period architecture, than to settle yourself down at one of the many traditional restaurants and sample the local cuisine. Order a plateful of fresh seafood and a glass of wine, and enjoy the sunset in style.