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Destination guide

Bag your perfect Tavira holiday rental

Tavira is right up there with the chart-topping resort towns that pepper the more popular western reaches of the Algarve. With roots in the Moorish era, its centre, beautifully strung out along the drifting Rio Gilao, comes laden with arabesque architecture and weathered cobbled lanes. Azulejos-fronted mansions also crowd the plazas, while romantic pousadas and little Portuguese cafes spill onto the river's edge. Tavira holiday lettings are the perfect base from which to explore all that, before breaking away from the age-old city to laze on the glowing, daffodil-hued sands of Tavira Island or sail between the salt pans of the wild Ria Formosa.

History

The rich history of Tavira

Tavira started life way back when the Phoenician Greeks sailed across the Mediterranean to seed their colonies at the end of the Iberian Peninsula. That occurred sometime around 1,000 BC, before the Romans arrived and created the trading port of Balsa, on the coast, close to where the town sits today. However, modern Tavira was begun with the Moors, closer to 700 AD. They built the Castle of Tavira, which can still be seen – half-crumbling and overgrown – between the cobbled lanes and whitewashed buildings on the west banks of the Rio Gilao. The Christian reconquest of Iberia brought bloody battles to the town in the 13th century, while a great earthquake in 1755 helped to decimate the salt production industries that once dominated the shores, nearby.

Activities

Sightseeing in and around Tavira

Are you searching for things to do while you're in the area? Travellers enjoy fun activities like bird watching and boating. Venture out of your holiday home and experience everything that Tavira has to offer. These are some of the major attractions to put on your list, all within 30 miles (48.2 km) of the city centre:

  • Benamor Golf (2.9 mi / 4.7 km)
  • Castro Marim and Vila Real de Santo Antonio Marsh Natural Reserve (12.6 mi / 20.3 km)
  • Parque Zoo Municipal Prudencio Navarro (14.8 mi / 23.9 km)
  • Isla Canela Golf Course (14.9 mi / 24 km)
  • Algarve Living Science Center (17.6 mi / 28.3 km)
  • Pinheiros Altos Golf Course (20.5 mi / 32.9 km)
Day trips

Excellent day trips near holiday homes in Tavira

  • Drive south-west to Tavira Island to park up close to pristine beaches and turquoise seas
  • Go westward to the winding water channels of the Ria Formosa – they are a hotspot for birders and wildlife lovers
  • Visit the Santo Antonio Marsh Natural Reserve on the Spanish border, to the east, where it's even possible to spot pink flamingos
  • Head to the town of Faro, just 30 minutes to the west, which has an elegant 13th-century cathedral and stunning beaches backed by high cliffs
Natural features

Exploring the natural landscape of Tavira

Whether you're an outdoor enthusiast or just want to spend some time taking in the scenery, Tavira is a great place to get outside. These are some of the area's most enchanting features, all within 30 miles (48.2 km) of the city centre:

  • Barril Beach (3.2 mi / 5.2 km)
  • Verde Beach (9.8 mi / 15.8 km)
  • Ilha de Tavira Beach (1.9 mi / 3 km)
  • Terra Estreita Beach (2.1 mi / 3.4 km)
  • Tavira Island (3 mi / 4.8 km)
  • Hell's Pool (3.2 mi / 5.2 km)
How to get there

Transport to and around Tavira

Fly into Faro (FAO-Faro Intl.), the closest airport, located 19 mi (30.6 km) from the city centre.

If you're travelling by train, the main station serving the city is Tavira Station.

How to get around

Travelling around Tavira and area

While the center of this pretty resort is completely – and pleasantly – walkable, it might be worth considering renting a car to go with your Tavira holiday let. That's because many of the Tavira villa rentals suited to family travellers are actually found on the outskirts of town, a short drive from the beaches and the pretty Moorish buildings in the city itself. What's more, it shouldn't be hard to find a stay with a parking space provided. There are also regional train links that connect Tavira to both the city of Faro and the Spanish border, to the east.

Essential info

Things to remember in Tavira

  • Tavira is a popular summer resort, which means it's at its busiest between May and September
  • The driving side in Portugal is on the right
  • It's normal to leave a 10% tip in the restaurants in Tavira, so long as cover charges aren't added to the final bill
  • Use the European number of 112 in case of an emergency when holidaying in Tavira
  • Bring plenty of sun cream to your Tavira holiday let – things can get toasty in this corner of the Algarve

How many holiday rentals are available around Municipality of Tavira?

Our 2020 accommodation listings offer a large selection of 2,115 holiday lettings around Municipality of Tavira. From 422 villas to 986 flats & apartments, find unique self catering accommodation for you to enjoy a memorable stay with your family and friends for a long holiday or a weekend break.

Can I rent a seaside property in Municipality of Tavira?

Oh I do like to be beside the seaside... said... absolutely everyone. Find the perfect shared setting for your posse and you'll be well on your way to beachy bliss. There are 876 beachside holiday homes to pick from. Open to more ideas? HomeAway has tons of other rental options to investigate, including:

  • 693 beach holiday accommodation options.
  • 483 village holiday accommodation options.
  • 479 rural holiday accommodation options.

Can I rent an apartment in Municipality of Tavira?

Unpack your bags, soak up the view and get the kettle on the boil. If you're looking for a home away from home, an apartment rental is a great way to go. HomeAway has 920 for you to select from here. How does £20 per night sound? That's what you could be spending if you don't put it off for too long! If that doesn't match your group's style, we've got a number of other self-catering accommodation options to choose from, such as:

  • House: 491 self-catering accommodation options. Prices start from £29 per night.
  • Villa: 416 self-catering accommodation options. Prices start from £24 per night.
  • Cottage: 58 self-catering accommodation options. Prices start from £43 per night.

Can I stay in Municipality of Tavira in a large group?

There's nothing quite like reuniting with your old friends or spending time with your beloved relatives in a terrific new destination. What's best, HomeAway has options to suit you. The top choice for larger groups here are apartment holiday rentals, and we have 205 available. If you're planning on travelling with a large group, the holiday rentals that can meet your needs include:

  • On the hunt for places that can house 6 of you? We have 500 that will be perfect. Prices start from £24 per night.
  • If you have 8 in your party, you'll be pleased to hear that there are 214 holiday rentals that are suitable. You can book one for as little as £65 a night.
  • Travelling with 5 guests? We have 165 rental properties that match your requirements. Prices begin at just £34 a night.

So don't fret! When you book with us you can bring along your aunt, your grandpa and all your mates to Municipality of Tavira.

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