'The Old Wine Store' consists of two newly renovated and sympathetically restored apartments in a beautiful old town house on a quiet street in the historic centre of lovely Tavira - the jewel of the Eastern Algarve! Each provides extremely spacious and modern accommodation whilst remaining faithful to the historic fabric of the building.
The whole house, which is only a short walk from the riverside shops, restaurants and beach ferries, is also perfect for the larger party, or two families wishing to holiday together. Tavira beach is currently ranked the best on Portugal by Lonely Planet and, depending on which criteria you use, 8th best in the world!
Apartment 2 is on the ground floor with easy wheel/push-chair access to a quiet street with nearby free parking, yet only 50 metres from the picturesque riverside, and within easy walking distance of shops, bars, restaurants, beach ferries or water-taxis, and all that enchanting Tavira has to offer.
It is one of two completely separate apartments in this beautiful old house. It provides extremely spacious modern and elegant accommodation, being floored throughout with the local Santa Catarina tiles. It has a large well equipped dining kitchen and spacious elegant lounge with TV, DVD, and CD player. There are two generously proportioned, stylish bedrooms, and two bathrooms, one en-suite. It is equipped with ceiling fans, gas fired heating, and electric radiators, providing comfort all year round.
If required, access can be opened between the two apartments, making the whole house into the perfect holiday experience for the larger party, or two families wishing to holiday together.
Excursions and Destinations Around Tavira: We recommend hiring a car because there are so many wonderful places to visit in the eastern Algarve and across the border in Spain. In addition to the golfing opportunities described below, you can go cycling or mountain biking, fishing, water skiing, wind surfing, boating, swimming in both the sea and the calmer lagoon waters. For nature lovers, the Algarve is a treasure trove: bird watching is excellent at all times of year, but particularly fruitful in the Spring and the Autumn when the migratory species are on the move between Europe and Africa. Wild flower and garden enthusiasts will appreciate the wonderful plants to be seen here. For the history minded, excursions to the castles at Castro Marim and Alcountim will also give you a look at life in the Algarve hills away from the seaside resorts. The picturesque border town of Vila Real Sto. Antionio contains a wonderful town centre built to the plans of the Marques de Pombal following the famous earthquake in 1755.
More Things to Do: Visit the Camara Obscura in Tavira, and the astronomical observatory north of Tavira for a different sight of the Algarve´s attractions. Or tour the Mine Park which explores the mining history of the area through archaeological and historical displays ranging from Roman times to the 20th century. Or take the local train to Faro, the provincial capital, and wander around tis fascinating old quarter, the pedestrian precincts and the shopping centres. You can also take the local train or drive to the famous fish market at Olhão. Or if you are here at the right time, go to the Medieval Days festival at the castle in Castro Marim, or attend the outdoor film festival in Tavira. The guest book in our apartment has information on many attractions to help you make plans and bookings. Our local agents, Ingeburg and Emma, can also assist, if needed.
For Families and Children: There are many activities for families and children, beyond of course, the pool and the beaches. A boat ride on the Guadiana River or on the Ria Formosa lagoon can be fascinating, or just a boat ride to the beaches on the offshore islands is a treat. Most restaurants are very family friendly. The Ria Formosa Nature Reserve has a lovely educational walking trail explaining the ecosystem of the Reserve. There is also a center for the preservation of the Portuguese water dog at the Reserve.