About Tavira


Tavira is a beautiful and picturesque city on the Eastern Algarve coast. Protected by the white, sandy barrier islands, it has retained its natural beauty and splendour of its historical past.


Central to Tavira, is the Gilao river that links both parts of the city with its ancient Roman arched bridge. Here, there are pretty riverside cafes and shops, where you can enjoy browsing amongst the narrow cobbled streets or just relax, taking in the beautiful river views.


From the 8th Century Moorish Castle, with its walled garden, there are gorgeous views of the city with its double-pitched pyramid roofs and fine architectural, riverside buildings among which there are a multitude of 37 churches that look out to the sea.


One of these churches, the 13th Century Igreja De Santa Maria Do Castelo holds the tombs of Dom Paio Peres Correla and the 7 Christian Knights of the Order of Santiago.


Throughout the year, Tavira runs a number of cultural events, many of which take place in the main square, the Praca da Rebuplica which is a modern day amphitheatre where you can enjoy an excellent mix of free entertainment including art, theatre, music and dance.


Whilst here, take the time to enjoy the tranquility of some of the city gardens, such as the lovely Jardim Do Coreto, which was established in 1890.


The coastal villages of Ilha da Tavira, cabanas and Conceicao are all to be reached by boat and the popular beaches of Barril and Santa Luzia offer everything for the perfect holiday.