Top things to do in Tavira

Top Choice Traditional Music in Tavira

Fado Com História

If you haven't experienced fado (traditional song), this comprehensive introduction is even more worthwhile. Space is limited, so buy your ticket a couple of hours ahead. The 35-minute show begins with an interestin…
Top Choice Portuguese in Tavira

O Tonel

Contemporary Portuguese cuisine is complemented by a striking dining room of scarlet walls and azulejos (hand-painted tiles). Begin with petiscos (tapas-style sharing dishes) like chorizo sautéed in Medronho (local …
Pizza in Tavira

Luzzo Pizzeria

Tuti trufi (truffle oil and black-truffle shavings), siffredi (with ventricina spicy sausage, arugula and balsamic) and the house-speciality luzzo (portobello mushrooms, crispy bacon and caramelised pineapple) are j…
Church in Tavira

Igreja da Misericórdia

Built between 1541 and 1551, 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-festooned …
Archaeological Site in Tavira

Ruínas Fenícias de Tavira

Astonishing archaeological remains found on this site just below the castelo date from the 8th century BC through to the 18th century AD. Digs have unearthed part of a Phoenician wall circa 800 BC, an ox-hide altar …
Church in Tavira

Igreja de Santa Maria do Castelo

Built in Gothic style over a mosque, then 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 chap…
Museum in Tavira

Núcleo Islâmico

Built around the remains of an Islamic-era structure, this small 21st-century museum exhibits impressive Islamic pieces discovered in various excavations around the old town. One of the most important finds on displ…
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…
European in Tavira

Aquasul

Behind a rose-covered facade, mosaics and local artworks line the walls of this popular spot, while mismatched tables are topped in tiles, marble and brightly painted timbers, Dishes change seasonally and might incl…
Cafe in Tavira

Pastelaria Tavirense

Beloved by its namesake tavirense (Tavira locals), this corner pastelaria has the full spectrum of Portuguese pastéis (custard-filled pastries), bolos (cakes), tortas (filled, rolled sponge) and sonhos (traditional …