Attractions

Museum in Tavira

Núcleo Islâmico

Built around the globulous remains of an Islamic-era structure, this small 21st-century museum exhibits impressive Islamic pieces discovered in various excavations around the old town. There's a six-minute introduct…
Church in Tavira

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 the castle retains original elements – namely the main doorway, two side chape…
Bridge in Tavira

Ponte Romana

This seven-arched bridge that loops away from Praça da República may predate the Romans but is so named because it linked the Roman road from Castro Marim to Tavira. The structure you see dates from a 17th-century r…
Church in Tavira

Igreja da Misericórdia

Built in the 1540s, this church is the Algarve's most important Renaissance monument, with a magnificent carved, arched doorway. Inside, the restrained Renaissance arches contrast with the cherub-heavy baroque altar…
Square in Tavira

Praça da República

For centuries this sociable town square on the riverfront served as promenade and marketplace, where slaves were traded along with fish and fruit. Today a large part of it has been remodelled as an open amphitheatre…
Landmark in Tavira

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 camera obscura reveals a 360-degree panoramic view of Tavira, its monuments and loca…
Village in Tavira

Santa Luzia

The fishing village of Santa Luzia is effectively a district of Tavira these days, and it's a recommended place to wander to get a feel for typical Algarve life. Overlooking the channel that separates the mainland f…
Castle in Tavira

Castelo

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-cen…
Museum in Tavira

Arraial Ferreira Neto Museum

The original name of a former fishing community (between 1943 and around 1970) and now incorporated within the Hotel Vila Galé Albacora, the site has original buildings as well as this tiny tuna-fishing museum. It h…
Library in Tavira

Biblioteca Municipal Álvaro de Campos

Aspiring architects and anyone who appreciates modern design should pay a visit to Tavira’s municipal library, which was originally the town prison. Architect João Luís Carrilho da Graça sympathetically and cleverly…