|Minimum Stay||7 nights|
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.
'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 1 is on the first floor, with two outside sun terraces facing South. One has a covered al-fresco dining area for large parties.
Apartment 2 is on the ground floor with easy wheel/push-chair access onto a quiet street. It is floored throughout with local Sta. Catarina tiles.
Each apartment has a well equipped dining kitchen and spacious elegant lounge with TV and music system, unlimited free WIFI, 2 generously proportioned and stylish bedrooms and 2 bathrooms, 1 en-suite.
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.
The apartment is clearly a labour of love. The finsh and furnishings are of a quality I have never come across in holiday rentals. The outside space is fantastic and the accommodation is so comfortable in every way. The location is perfect. Moments away from central tavira and the ferry to the beach. This is somewhere that would be a great base at any time of the year.
We have been to Tavira every year for the past 12 years and this is definitely the best apartment that we have stayed in during that time. The townhouse is located really close to the boat to Ilha Tavira and to all the amenities. Being one street back from the Main Street made such a difference in terms if noise levels. Really quiet most of the time, apart from an early wake up call from the resident cockerel opposite. Cannot recommend the apartment or Tavira enough. Apartment clean, beds incredibly comfortable and decor tasteful. We would definitely return here if available, try and avoid August if you can!
The apartment is in a beautifully restored old building in a quiet cobbled street in the heart of Tavira. The apartment had everything we needed and was incredibly comfortable, the beds especially were very comfy. We really enjoyed our Christmas in Tavira and would definitely stay in this apartment again.
I had heard a little about the renovation of the Old Wine Store and Tavira and it did not disappoint.
We had both apartments (it's one house cleverly split into two apartments) and from the moment we opened the original Portuguese door we fell in love with it. The house is gorgeous, a standard that makes the fee a real bargain, its five star living within the warmth of a home.
I thought that Portugal was over commercialised and didn't think that places like Tavira existed any more, its a rare gem that has retained its natural and historic beauty. The Old Wine Store is in the centre of everything, including the ferry stop that takes you to the Island, around 15 kms of pristine sand and clear blue ocean. The ferry is a brilliant touch and if you walk to the middle of the island, you can have it to yourself, as most people get off the ferry and plant themselves at the first bit of sand they see.
There are places to eat and drink on the island, so you can stay and watch the sun go down before getting the last ferry back, or a water taxi should you want to stay when everyone else has gone.
As for the town, there are so many places to eat and drink out but don't miss getting take away frango piri piri, a bottle of chilled vinho verde and enjoying the fantastic terrace at the Old Wine Store surrounded by candles - it's magical.
There are bikes you can take to explore the local area. Go one way into the lanes and orange groves, another to the capital of the Octupus Santa Lucia, do both they are worth it.
I could go on all day about how amazing it is. We have since been back to the Old Wine Store in November, it was still stunning then and because of the features of the house; nice bath, heating, fire, etc it really is an all year round destination.
Emma and her family are amazing and will give you any help you need during your stay. The owners, Phil and Barbara have created a place that is fantastic for all.
We spent our honeymoon in Tavira in the upper winestore apartment. It is spacious, beautifully made and furnished and the location is charming and very close to town. It is quiet for being so central (not so much during weekend nights) and the terraces are absolutely fantastic! Tavira town and the beaches are great to explore and yet not overcrowded. We were welcomed and received perfectly by Emma.
Highly recommended for people who are looking for an individual, varied holiday.
I visited Tavira with my seventeen year old daughter and we stayed in the ground floor apartment. We were extremely impressed - the apartment was superbly furnished and squeaky clean and in a beautiful part of the old town - a quiet residentail pretty street but with everything right on the door step. The agents who organised the trip did so with great attention to detail - picking us up from the airport, making very good recommendations about where to eat and what to do in Tavira. They were friendly and helpful without being overpowering. Tavira is a really beautiful place - uncommercialised but enough infrastructure to make it an ideal destination for a vacation. The beach was amazing - as good as any I have ever been to, if not better though sea too cold for swimming. The best restaurants (for food and atmosphere) we found to be the trio of the Aquasul, El Patio and Briso del Rio down a little side street on the south bank. We will definitely go back though this time may opt for the upper floor apartment which has outside space.
Tavira - Jewel of the Eastern Algarve.
The Old Wine Store is situated in a tranquil old street, yet within 50 metres of the picturesque river that runs through the heart of Tavira and only a minute walk from the ferry and water taxis to the stunning beaches. Tavira beach is currently rated best in Portugal by Lonely Planet, and, depending on your criteria, 8th best in the world.
Tavira is the perfect base to enjoy the more traditional Portuguese experience offered by the Eastern Algarve.
It has a wide selection of excellent, reasonably priced restaurants, bars and shops within easy walking distance, and a lively cultural scene, with music and dancing in the open air amphitheatre in the summer months
Within 13 km are five golf complexes including the world-class Monte Rei.
Tavira is surrounded by National Parks, including the famous Ria Formosa, and over 30 km of stunning beaches.
The town itself is steeped in history,having been inhabited from Neolithic times. Its architectural riches have led it to be known as 'the Venice of the Algarve' and 'the town of churches', having no less than 37.
Other Activities: The Ria Formosa National Park is a bird-watchers' paradise, being one of Europe's most important habitats for wading birds.