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Top Choice Fado in Tavira

Fado Com História

If you've not had the pleasure of experiencing fado (traditional song) before, this comprehensive introduction is very worthwhile. It's popular and there's limited space, so try to buy your ticket a couple of hours …
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…
Portuguese in Tavira

O Tonel

Gourmet-style food for a decent price is the mantra at this brand-new restaurant where traditional dishes such as codfish cataplana (stew) and grilled meat and seafood dominate the menu. Dishes are served with hipst…
Bar in Tavira

Tasca do Zé André

It's a real pleasure to drop into this tiny, authentic place with its cordial boss and range of ageing liqueur bottles under the Portugal scarves behind the bar. It's great for an ice-cold imperial (small draught be…
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…
International in Tavira

Aquasul

You won’t hear too much Portuguese spoken here, given this restaurant’s popularity among foreigners and expats, but this Dutch-run place serves up some tasty international dishes in a cosy, art-and-mosaic-filled set…
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…