The Tavira region is located close to Faro, the centre of the Algarve. This region is known for beautiful beaches as well as an interesting history, charming city streets, and as a place to relax and unwind. Tavira is home to approximately 30 churches, the ruins of a medieval castle, an indoor market on the riverfront, and island getaways only reachable via boat. This laid-back region has true Portuguese charm. Whatever it is that brings a traveller to the area, a Tavira region holiday rentals is just a click away.
HomeAway has many holiday apartment in the Tavira region. Choose from cosy, romantic apartments for two, or a larger apartment for a family. Whether on a budget or ready to splurge, there is something for everyone. For those wanting more space, HomeAway has Tavira self catering for rent as well. These properties come in all shapes and sizes, from big and luxurious, complete with a swimming pool, to rural and quaint with a garden and modern amenities like internet access.
For those who'd like to explore the region, HomeAway also has a wide variety of holiday homes in the Faro region.
The church of Santa Maria do Castelo:
This church was built on the site of a Moorish mosque and is home to the tombs of many knights. The origins of the church date back to the 13th century. The clock tower was constructed out of the original minaret of the mosque that once stood here.
In its original grandeur, the Tavira castle had seven towers and was constructed by the Moors. Today, parts of the original wall have been worked into a reconstruction, including the "Arco da Misericórdia", one of the original entrances to the castle. A climb to the tallest towers offers a panoramic view of the city.
This charming island is located south of Tavira city and is part of the Ria Formosa Reserve. Tavira Island is nearly seven miles long and never wider than half a mile; in fact, parts of the island are a mere 450ft in width! Tavira Island has long been considered one of the best beaches in the Algarve.
Praia de Santa Luzia:
This beach is a narrow, 160ft-wide strip of sand located on Tavira Island. The picturesque fishing village located here is where boats depart to cross to the island. The beach is large and isolated, offering bathers the chance to get away from it all.
Pego do Inferno:
This small Mediterranean lagoon has gorgeous green waters, and it is located approximately six miles from Tavira. A beautiful waterfall makes the Pego do Inferno all the more picturesque. According to local legend, Pego do Inferno is connected to the Gilao River.
Stroll the city streets:
The best way to experience Tavira is to simply walk the streets. All of the major sites are within walking distance of one another and the city is full of fun bars, delicious restaurants, and shops.
The Tavira region has a Mediterranean climate; the summers are long, hot, and dry. Winters are mild and rainy, though the region enjoys loads of sunshine the whole year long. The average high temperature in June is about 25°C and July is the hottest month with averages around 29°C. The water and weather stays warm well into October. January is the coldest month in Tavira with an average high of 16°C.
The closest airport to the Tavira region is Faro (FAO), located about 25 miles away. The trip is a straight shot along the A22 and only takes 40 minutes. However, the airport in Seville (SVQ), Spain is only 115 miles away making it an alternative. Drivers simply follow the A49 for approximately 1.5 hours to reach Tavira.