Set on either side of the meandering Rio Gilão, Tavira is a charming town. The ruins of a hilltop castle, an old Roman bridge and a smattering of Gothic and Renaissance churches are among Tavira’s historic attractions. Its enticing assortment of restaurants and guesthouses makes it an excellent base for exploring the Algarve’s eastern section.
Tavira is ideal for wandering; the warren of cobblestone streets hides pretty, historic gardens and shady plazas. There’s a small, active fishing port and a modern market. Only 3km from the coast, Tavira is the launching point for the stunning, unspoilt beaches of Ilha de Tavira.
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East Algarve Day Trip Including Almancil, Faro, Olhao and Tavira
Explore the peaceful East Algarve with its charming towns, elegant architecture and sights steeped in history. This must-do day trip includes tours of the Church of St Lourenço in Almancil town, the Algarve capital of Faro with its stately Old Town plus Tavira Castle: a ruined monument believed to date to Neolithic times.