Igreja de Santa Maria do Castelo
Built in Gothic style over a mosque, but rebuilt by an Italian neoclassicist following earthquake damage 500 years later, this church by...
Torre da Tavira
The Torre da Tavira, which was formerly the town’s water tower (100m), houses a camera obscura. A simple but ingenious object, the...
Igreja de Santiago
Just south of Tavira's castle is the whitewashed 17th-century Igreja de Santiago, built where a small mosque probably once stood. The...
Fado Com História
If you've not had the pleasure of experiencing fado (traditional song) before, this comprehensive introduction is very worthwhile. It's...
Largo Abu-Otmane · interesting places nearby
Tavira's ruined castle rises high and mighty above the town. Possibly dating back to Neolithic times, the structure was rebuilt by Phoenicians and later taken over by the Moors; most of what now stands is a 17th-century reconstruction. The interior holds a pleasantly exotic botanic garden, and the octagonal tower offers fine views over Tavira. Note that the ramparts and steps are without railings, so parents beware.