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3 Bed Charming Restored Townhouse, Located in the Heart of Historical Tavira

Bedrooms 3
Space 1,399 sq. ft.
Property type house
Minimum Stay 5 nights


About the property

Excellent Townhouse, Perfect Peaceful Authentic Location, 3 Large Sunny Terraces

Tavira is steeped in history and culture. Built upon two sides of the river Gilao, spanning the 7 arch Roman bridge. Often described by many as a well kept secret, and one of the most beautiful, unspoilt cities in the Algarve. Just a 30 minute drive from the airport and 25Km from the Spanish border, makes Tavira is an ideal base for exploring. Some of the most fabulous clean, white sandy beaches in Europe. Soak in the atmosphere in one of the many cafes and excellent restaurants, all close by and just minutes walking distance. We invite you to relax in our spacious and comfortable home from home. Authentic Portuguese charm with all modern updates. Centrally located in a quiet residential area within the historical zone and just minutes easy walking distance to all amenities. No car necessary. Spacious proportions perfect for family gatherings, romantic getaways, ladies get together’s and relaxing holiday breaks. Unique to the property are it’s three private outdoor terraces. A perfect place to take in the atmosphere and to enjoy the long hot summers, and pleasant winter temperatures. Air conditioning/heating, WiFi, free parking outside. There is good inexpensive public transport nearby.

Always something to do. There are many good championship golf resorts nearby or enjoy a short ferry ride to the unspoilt coveted EEC blue flag awarded beach of Ilha de Tavira with its hidden naturist beach.

Choose from a year round calendar of events. Enjoy the fun of carnival in February and the religious parade at Easter. Visit nearby restaurants participating in the gastronomy festival in May, or enjoy the popular wine tasting festival in July.

Eat sardines and dance the night away with the locals in June at the celebration of Sao Joao, where the tradition of decorating the town in hand made paper flowers still continues.

Visit the European 'open air' film festival set amongst the magnificent cloisters of the Convento do Carmo in July/August. Enjoy outdoor live music, art and street theatre and free family entertainment at the height of summer.

A visit to the local fresh produce and fish market is a must, as is the monthly gypsy market, where bargains can be found.

Bird watching or cycling the Ecovia route via the most unspoilt nature reserve Ria Formosa Nature Park, where local bird life and flamingos are in abundance. Endangered species such as the chameleon, a reptile that only exists in the south of Portugal, can be found. The Ria Formosa is also known for the breeding of the Portuguese Water Dog.

Shellfish farming is a very economic activity in the tidal flats of the Ria Formosa, as is the informative display of how salt is produced from the local salt pans.

Experience the local cafe culture, and soak in the relaxing atmosphere of Tavira with its winding cobbled streets. Watch the world go by and enjoy a long cool drink in one of the many sidewalk cafes. Treat yourself to one of the infamous delicious Pastel de Nata cakes, originating in Lisbon and more recently being celebrated on “Bake off.”

Tavira with its warm, welcoming friendly locals who are representative of the Portuguese. Happy in sharing and celebrating their history, culture and treasures with you.

More Details

The Owner
Member since: 2009
Premier Partner

This partner has demonstrated and is committed to fast response times, the best rates, and a great guest experience.

Speaks English
Response time:
Within a few hours
Response rate:
Calendar last updated:
16 February, 2018

About The Owner

We are a Portuguese husband and English wife team who frequently visited Portugal for holidays. We chose Tavira to settle and raise our family, as not only was it my husbands birth place, but also one of the most beautiful and family orientated places we had ever been to. The children settled and adjusted to life in Portugal immediately and have all been educated locally. My husband is in construction and I am forever finding him little jobs to do. Our Tavira house project started out as one of these little jobs..

Why The Owner chose Tavira

We immediately fell in love with the house. It was in a bad state of repair, but had such great potential and such a unique feel to it. Something that we couldn’t let slip by was the chance to own a part our family culture and heritage and the great opportunity to conserve this for future generations. Just a lick of paint is the phrase I remember using to convince my husband to buy. In reality we replaced everything, all that remained was the original outer thick clay and stone walls and it’s amazing historical location which can never be taken away. The renovation was a joint family effort and has been described by our family and friends as a true labour of love..

What makes this house unique

We consider ourselves to be very priviliged to own a part of the Historical Old Town. During renovation we made the decision not to destroy this unique house by converting it into two separate apartments, but to keep the original size, structure and fabulous outdoor spaces. Renovated to a high standard, yet remaining charming, original, comfortable and quirky with all modern living conditions. We used locally sourced traditional materials like the handmade clay floor tiles and high wooden ceilings. It is a true representation of the unique atmosphere that Tavira still retains. By keeping it’s unique charm we are hopefully capturing the essence of Tavira and its lovely warm & welcoming locals and it is this, along with it’s great central location, that makes our house and Tavira so very special.


Accommodation and facilities for this holiday house in Tavira in Municipality of Tavira

Property Type:
  • house
  • Self-catering
Floor Area:
  • 1399 sq. ft.
House Rules:
  • Check-in: 16:00
  • /
  • Check-out: 10:00
  • Max. occupancy: 6 ...
  • Children welcome ...
  • Parties/events not allowed
  • Pets not allowed ...
  • Non smoking only ...
  • Please be respectful of the house and surrounding neighbours.
Location Type:
  • beach
  • city centre
  • near the sea
  • resort
  • town
  • Adventure
  • Away From It All
  • Family
  • Historic
  • Romantic
  • Sports & Activities
  • Tourist Attractions
  • Air Conditioning ...
  • Baby Gate
  • Fan
  • Hair Dryer
  • Heating ...
  • Internet ...
  • Iron & Board
  • Linens Provided ...
  • Living Room ...
  • Parking ...
  • Sunbed
  • Towels Provided ...
  • Washing Machine
  • Wood Stove ...
  • 4 Ring Stove
  • Coffee Maker
  • Dishes & Utensils ...
  • Kettle
  • Kitchen ...
  • Microwave
  • Oven ...
  • Pantry Items ...
  • Refrigerator ...
  • Hob ...
  • Toaster
  • Child's Highchair
  • Dining ...
  • Dining Area
  • seating for 6 people
  • 2 Bathrooms
  • Family Bathroom 1 located on the ground floor - Toilet , Shower Enclosure , Bidet , Perfect for those with mobility problems
    Bathroom 2 to the rear of the property serving outdoor area - Toilet , Shower Enclosure
  • 3 Bedrooms, Sleeps 6
  • Bedroom 1 located on the ground floor - 2 Single Bed , Perfect for those with mobility problems
    Bedroom 2 located on first floor - 2 Single Bed , Accessed from master bedroom with access to terraces
    Master bedroom located on the first floor - 1 Double Bed , With direct access via french doors to all three terraces
  • All bedrooms have air conditioning, are spacious, have comfortable beds and quality bed linen.
  • Books ...
  • DVD Player ...
  • Games ...
  • MP3 Dock
  • Music Library ...
  • Satellite / Cable ...
  • Stereo ...
  • Television ...
  • Video Games ...
  • Video Library ...
  • Balcony ...
  • Beach Umbrellas
  • Boat ...
  • Courtyard
  • Terrace ...
  • Garden Table & Chairs
  • Golf ...
  • Garden ...
  • Outdoor Furniture
  • Barbecue ...
  • Parasol
  • Veranda ...
  • Yard
  • Long-term Renters Welcome
  • bay
  • churches
  • cinemas
  • festivals
  • library
  • live theatre
  • marina
  • museums
  • naturist beach
  • playground
  • recreation centre
  • restaurants
  • ruins
  • theme parks
  • water parks
  • waterfalls
  • winery tours
Leisure Activities:
  • beachcombing
  • bird watching
  • Boating
  • Disco club
  • eco tourism
  • horse riding
  • outlet shopping
  • paddle boating
  • scenic drives
  • sight seeing
  • walking
  • Water sports
Local Services & Businesses:
  • ATM/bank
  • fitness centre
  • groceries
  • hospital
  • laundrette - serviced
  • massage therapist
  • medical services
Sports & Adventure Activities:
  • cycling
  • deepsea fishing
  • equestrian events
  • fishing
  • golf
  • hiking
  • jet skiing
  • mountain biking
  • paragliding
  • pier fishing
  • roller blading
  • sailing
  • diving
  • surf fishing
  • surfing
  • swimming
  • tennis
  • water skiing
  • wind-surfing
Property benefits from excellent outdoor areas, and is located just minutes easy walking distance to the Roman bridge and Historical centre . The property is managed with meet and greet service by local knowledgeable couple. English speaking doctors/clinic close by. Midweek linen change for stays of 14 nights or more.


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3 Bed Charming Restored Townhouse, Located in the Heart of Historical Tavira
average rating of 4.894737 based on 19 reviews

Great house, centre of Tavira

  • 5 of 5

Passed recent holidays in Tavira, the most picturesque town with its winding cobbled streets, sidewalk cafes and the best fresh fish restaurants.

Casa Marisol is located in the heart of all of this activity, but remains quiet and peaceful. An authentic, charming restored old traditional house with a modern twist. Clean, well maintained and well equipped. Spacious both inside and out and close to everything that is amazing about Tavira. All in all a great place to stay and look forward to our next stay at this lovely house.

Would definitely be happy to recommend.

  • Review Submitted: 06-Sep-2017
  • Date of Stay: May 2017
  • Source: HomeAway
Owner's Response: What a great review, absolutely spot on. You are welcome back anytime.
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Amazing location

  • 5 of 5

We stayed at the Town House as 2 couples. We arrived quite late but we're met by the caretakers Wendy and Kev who provided a warm welcome and useful information. The location could not be better for exploring Tavira and the local area. Step outside the door and you are there!! We spend a few wonderful evenings at the bar / restaurant on the opposite corner. A delight. A perfect spot to stay.

The house is very comfortable with generous areas for outside seating. It was very clean and well exquiped. The beds were very very comfy.

  • Review Submitted: 23-Dec-2017
  • Date of Stay: November 2017
  • Source: Owners Direct, from HomeAway
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Lovely house, perfect location

  • 5 of 5

This very charming house is located in a very quiet street, but still only a few minutes away from everything we needed - restaurants, supermarket, and shops. The Roman Bridge and the ferry to Ilha de Tavira.

Casa Marisol is very well equipped with everything one needs for å nice, relaxing holiday. The house is clean, very well maintained and extremely charming! In my opinion it is best suited for grown ups or a family without very small children, because the stairs to the terrace and the upstairs bedrooms are very steep! For us however, being three lady friends travelling together, the house was perfect, with three bedrooms and two bathrooms. Be aware that the house has no AC, but with fans in all rooms, we did not consider this a problem.

We paid a little extra to have access to Wi-Fi, this worked fine and was very easy to connect to.

Vicky, the owner, replied very swiftly to all questions, and Nuno, the house keeper, gave us all the information we needed when handing over the key.

All three of us would just love to go back, to Tavira and to Casa Marisol!

  • Review Submitted: 05-Sep-2017
  • Date of Stay: August 2017
  • Source: HomeAway
Owner's Response: Dear Astrid thank you for your great review, it's always very good to hear that our guests had an amazing stay with us and that you had a lovely time in Casa Marisol. The space both inside and out is perfect for both ladies and family get togethers! This summer has been an amazing one and very hot. Glad that you could sleep in comfort and that the design of the house with its original architecture and its very thick walls, aided by the fans, was sufficient. However we have added air conditioning on our list of things to do for the new 2018 season. You were lovely guests and are welcome black any time and we look forward to seeing you soon.
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Beautiful house, great location, best holiday.

  • 5 of 5

After visiting Tavira for the first time, I can say I am now hooked and I think it's because of your house Casa Marisol. It's a beautiful beautiful traditional townhouse, decorated well and with all the modern appliances you could need and so convenient to everything. A bonus is all the outdoor space, great for catching the sun, couldn't of asked for anything more!! I would also like to thank the Owner for a quick and easy booking process and her help, tips and suggestions on places to eat and places to visit etc. it made all the difference to our stay and can't wait to return.

  • Review Submitted: 21-Jan-2017
  • Date of Stay: October 2016
  • Source: HomeAway
Owner's Response: Thank you for taking the time to write this great review for us, it makes all the hard work worthwhile! Happy to hear that you enjoyed your stay in our charming townhouse. You were lovely guests and we look forward to your return visit very soon.
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great location

  • 5 of 5

A well located traditional town house, close to the main river front of beautiful Tavira. A quirky design with all you need to make yourself at home. A shaded outside dining area planted with citrus, cactus and vine, and two more outside areas upstairs for barbecue and lounging around. The master bedroom is excellent, but the third bedroom is accessed from it, making it suitable for kids or very close family only. The downstairs bedroom has no window, but 2 fans and leaving back door open at night allowed cooler air in. It all worked fine. A torch is essential to go to downstairs bathrooms during the night as stairs are steep. The cooking facilities are excellent and it was very useful to have a washing machine as we stayed for three weeks. We were able to park the car right outside the house on the street, but there really is no need for a car in this location. There is a train station and a bus station within walking distance if you want to go further afield.

  • Review Submitted: 21-Oct-2016
  • Date of Stay: September 2016
  • Source: HomeAway
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Lovely house in a perfect location

  • 3 of 5

I stayed in Casa Marisol with my husband for 2 weeks in June. This was our first time in Portugal & Tavira & Casa Marisol & it was a perfect introduction to Portugal.

Tavira is a lovely town which is easy to walk around and has lots of cafe's & restaurants on both sides of the river. Two restaurants which are a must are Aquasul (great for vegetarian options) and Kohinoor (Indian), both of these are a few mins walk from Casa Marisol.

If you want to visit the beach you have to use one of the ferries but they are incredibly easy to get, and go back & forth very regularly throughout the day. Visiting the beach is a must. It is a beautiful beach, and there are lots of places on the island to eat & drink, if you haven't brought your own picnic.

The castle is also worth walking around, and there are some nice little shops. If you can get up early enough there is a good food market with lots of fresh fish, fruit and vegetables. There is also a big shopping centre which has a big supermarket.

It would be hard to find somewhere to stay in Tavira which is better located than Casa Marisol. We had hired a car but, for most of our stay it was parked outside the house because we didn't need it. Casa Marisol is a couple of mins walk to the Roman Bridge, a square full of restaurants and cafes, one of the ferries to the beach, a small but very well stocked supermarket, and the big shopping centre.

Casa Marisol is a lovely traditional house in a residential area. It is the best equipped house we have ever stayed in. The bath and beach towels and the bedsheets were changed during our two week stay, and the kitchen had everything you would could need. The whole property was very clean and well looked after. Wifi was provided for us on request & it was very easy to connect to. Every room in the house is furnished very comfortably so that it is easy to feel like you are at home.

We loved the house with it's quirky use of space. There is lots of outside space spread across 3 areas which means that there was somewhere to sit in the sun throughout the day, but it also meant that, when it got too warm, there was also somewhere to sit in the shade.

The property manager was a lovely gentleman who gave us some good tips about the town and was available when we needed him thoughout our stay.

We would recommend Tavira and Casa Marisol to anyone looking for a relaxing holiday in the sun. We will definitely visit again.

  • Review Submitted: 09-Sep-2016
  • Date of Stay: June 2016
  • Source: HomeAway
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Nearest Airport
25 Kilometres
Faro 30 minutes drive away
Nearest Barpub
100 Metres
Close to many excellent bars and restaurants
Nearest Ferry
600 Metres
By the riverside
Nearest Golf
5 Kilometres
Benamor in Cabanas, 5 minutes drive away
Nearest Train
1 Kilometres
Tavira Centre
Nearest Motorway
3 Kilometres
Nearest Restaurant
50 Metres
Too many too choose from
Nearest Beach
1 Kilometres
Ilha de tavira
Car: not necessary

Tavira is one of the prettiest towns in the Algarve, built upon two sides of the river Gilao and spanned by a 7 arch Roman Bridge. Tavira retains many original architectural, historical and cultural features. Visit the castle ruins over looking one of the many churches or explore the winding cobbled streets. Enjoy the long hot summer nights at the open air European Film Festival, or enjoy the family street entertainment every evening in the square. Take a ride through the town on the romantic horse and carriage, take a sightseeing

journey on the tourist train.. or simply sit in one of the many bars and excellent restaurants and relax and soak in the atmosphere. Originally a fishing town, a visit to the daily fresh fish market is a must. Grab yourself a bargain at the monthly gypsy market. For the young and the not so young, but young at heart dance the night away at the local disco! All close by.. A wonderful choice of beaches with sand that seems to go on forever, Ilha de Tavira being only a short ferry ride away. Even in high season you will find a quiet stretch..walk a little further to an area reserved for naturalists. There are 4 good golf courses nearby, Benamor, Quinta da Ria, Quinta da Cima and Colina Verde. The more famous courses at Vilamoura and Monte Rei are all a 30 minute drive away. The location of the house is so central that a car is not necessary, however for those wishing to explore the Algarve, there is a good local bus, train and taxi service nearby. Everything that you could wish for on the doorstep to make this a truly unique holiday destination


Prices & Availability

Prices for this holiday house in Tavira, Algarve

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Rental Period Minimum Price Additional Nights Weekend Night Weekly Monthly Event Price
21 Jan 2018 - 30 Mar 2018
5 night minimum stay
for 5 nights
Notes: Rates are based on 2 guests; add £7 per night, per additional guest
31 Mar 2018 - 27 Apr 2018
5 night minimum stay
for 5 nights
Notes: Rates are based on 2 guests; add £7 per night, per additional guest
28 Apr 2018 - 1 Jun 2018
5 night minimum stay
for 5 nights
Notes: Rates are based on 2 guests; add £7 per night, per additional guest
2 Jun 2018 - 29 Jun 2018
5 night minimum stay
for 5 nights
Notes: Rates are based on 2 guests; add £7 per night, per additional guest
30 Jun 2018 - 7 Sep 2018
5 night minimum stay
for 5 nights
Notes: Rates are based on 2 guests; add £7 per night, per additional guest
8 Sep 2018 - 2 Nov 2018
5 night minimum stay
for 5 nights
Notes: Rates are based on 2 guests; add £7 per night, per additional guest
3 Nov 2018 - 4 Jan 2019
5 night minimum stay
for 5 nights
Notes: Rates are based on 2 guests; add £5 per night, per additional guest
My Standard Rate
5 night minimum stay
for 5 nights
Notes: Rates are based on 2 guests; add £7 per night, per additional guest

Additional pricing information

Fees No additional mandatory fees
Refundable Damage Deposit £200

Owner accepts payment in Euros.

There will be a fully refundable security deposit of £200.00 to cover breakages, loss of keys and out of the ordinary cleaning.

When the Owner is not available the property is managed by a local couple who are very knowledgeable on the surrounding areas, places to visit, restaurants to eat at, things to do etc. The property is equipped with an informative welcome brochure with guests recommendations on places to visit.. including some well sought out finds on where to eat, friendliest cafes, good value for money, most amazing beaches etc..

Owner's Cancellation Policy

  • Cancelled bookings will not receive a refund.
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