Tavira built upon two sides of the river Gilao and spanned by a 7 arch Roman bridge.Often described by many as a well kept secret & one of the most beautiful, unspoilt cities in the Algarve. At the heart of this beautiful city steeped in history and culture, lies our restored original Portuguese townhouse. Centrally located in a quiet residential area, on a safe and authentic working street, with charming friendly neighbours and just minutes easy walking distance to all amenities. Absolutely no car necessary. Fantastic fresh fish restaurants, cafes, historical sights, family attractions, bars, cafes, Roman bridge and a short ferry ride to the unspoilt coveted EEC blue flag awarded superb beach of Ilha de Tavira with its hidden naturist beach, all just minutes away. Oozing charm, but with all modern updates, we invite you to relax in our spacious and comfortable home from home. Renovated to a high standard by sourcing local traditional materials, the house consists of 2 double bedrooms with 2 single beds each, one of which is on the ground floor for those with mobility problems, master bedroom with double bed and veranda doors leading directly onto the terraces, airy comfortable lounge, bathrooms and spacious well equipped kitchen leading directly to outdoor areas. Along with WiFi, AC, satellite with free view to air English & Portuguese TV channels, and heating. Unique to any town centre property are the 3 large sunny private outdoor terraces/BBQ/Al fresco dining areas, enjoying sun and shade throughout the day. Spacious proportions perfect for family gatherings, romantic getaways, ladies get together’s and relaxing holiday breaks. The perfect place to unwind, soak up the atmosphere and enjoy the long hot summers, and pleasant winter temperatures. Located just a 30 minute drive from the airport, 25Km from the Spanish border and boasting some of the most fabulous blue flag awarded beaches in Europe, makes Tavira the perfect holiday destination or base for exploring..
- House1399 sq. ft.
- Separate WCs0
- Min. Stay5 nights
Excellent Townhouse, Perfect Peaceful Authentic Location, 3 Large Sunny Terraces
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- Calendar last updated:
- 17 Aug 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.
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100% refund for cancellations more than 60 days before check-in date. You must contact the owner directly to request cancellation.
Perfect house, location and host
We spent a week at this charming, full-of-character house, which is exactly as described. The three outside areas, which provide both sun and shade all day long, are a highlight, but the cool, clean, spacious, quirky interior also makes the place special. We had everything we needed for a thoroughly relaxing holiday.
The location is also ideal, being just a few minutes level walk from restaurants, bars, a supermarket and the bustling centre of Tavira. You couldn't really go wrong with any of the restaurants, all serving delicious food at good prices.
The owner Vicky and welcoming host Julie were both super-helpful, Julie being on hand to show us around initially and promptly answer questions throughout our stay. We also found the folks of Tavira to be extremely friendly and welcoming.
Thank you so much Vicky for sharing your house with us. It was perfect!
Dear Mark, thank you for taking the time write this amazing review. You were great guests and we look forward to welcoming you and your lovely family back anytime.
Good location in the middle of town
We had a nice relaxing week in Tavira, the house was very clean and had everything you needed, it had plenty of space, the wifi worked well and the aircon was great. The house itself is "quirky" this means it has many nice features and not conventional in its layout but not necessarily to everyone's taste. The lack of a bathroom upstairs is a slight issue mainly because the stairs are very steep and could be difficult in the dark, also you have to access the 2nd bedroom via the 1st bedroom. The main double bed was too hard for me and squeaked a lot when moving about, the hardness of beds seems to be common in Europe may be I'm just getting too used to the personal comforts of home! Again the stairs outside to access the higher outdoor areas are very steep so we never used these areas, carrying drinks etc is a bit of a challenge. None of these things are major issues but could be better highlighted in the description and overall we did really enjoy our stay and we will be back in Tavira again soon (hopefully).
Dear Simon & Jennifer, thank you for your 4 star review. Good to hear that you had a good stay and that the firmer beds of Europe have not stopped you from a return visit. During the renovation of our original townhouse, we made the conscious decision to preserve as many original features and character as possible, and lovingly sourced local hand made materials in the rebuild. We believe that this, along with the outdoor space and superb location, are what sets the house apart from the rest. The character is what makes our house, like Tavira, so endearing, unique and special.
The house is set over two floor and whilst the original layout and steps could be considered a little steep for some, the addition of plenty of hand rails hopefully remedies this. The double bedroom on the ground floor is designed perfectly around a couple as yourself, all on one level alongside the bathroom, living room, large kitchen and all with easy direct access to outside garden.
We constantly update the house with all modern facilities that renters have come to expect of their holiday accommodation, and hope that we have also created a real home from home.
A nice relaxing week is the perfect compliment..it’s what we aim to deliver and is what holidays are all about. We look forward to seeing you soon.
A typical Portuguese property. Quite cool indoors. Stairs not too good for the older generation.
Tavira is an excellent place to stay. Good bus and train service to lots of different places. Plenty to visit in Tavira itself. Hope to return next year.
Glad that you enjoyed your stay in our restored townhouse and that you were able to easily access all the excellent amenities close by on foot, including great transport links. It was a pleasure to guide you through the booking process & to answer your many questions along the way. We look forward to welcoming you back, see you soon Mildred
Real Portugal! Unique house that captures Tavira
This was our first visit to Tavira and we couldn't have been more pleased.
This lovely charming and traditional house that immediately felt like home. Located minutes away from all that is happening in this beautiful city, yet surprisingly peaceful and quiet!
Everything is immaculately clean, well maintained and so comfortable.
We were very pleasantly surprised to find such large terraces, as in our well travelled experience, outdoor spaces like this are hard to come by in town centre locations. A real bonus to this charming property in our opinion!
All the spaces are well thought out, well equipped and easily accommodated our party of 6.
The owner has worked hard to maintain the balance between tradition, character and modern, and it works perfectly.
Fantastic restaurants, cafes, Roman Bridge, ferry to the beach and well equipped supermarket with all that you need close by.
Can't fault anything. We had such a wonderful stay and were thrilled to have found this real gem of a house in such a beautiful city. One comment we would add is that the photographs really don't do this lovely house justice!
Thank you for a lovely stay. We have already recommended to family and friends.
Thank you for your lovely review. It is always great when we receive such a positive, well written review. A testament to our commitment in offering good quality accommodation and sharing our love of Tavira with our guests. We look forward to accommodating you again soon.
This is my second visit with partner and our young child. Found the house to be even more inviting than previous visit after having a complete update. The addition of good quality heating/Ac units was very welcome for the cooler nights, as were the new lounges which we were able to make use of throughout the day on one of the large sunny terraces. Well equipped with new appliances, bed linen, towels etc...
Super central location, quiete neighbourhood, and very easy to come and go.
Communication with owner quick, efficient and helpful.
Looking forward to returning soon! Would happily recommend to all.
Thanks for letting me use your super house.
Thank you for your great review, good to hear that you appreciated the recent makeover. You were a lovely guest and are welcome back anytime.
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.
Dear Lisa, thank you very much for taking the time to give us such a great positive review. You are welcome anytime. Look forward to seeing you again soon.
Always something to do..
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.
Many championship Golf courses close by. Benamor being the closest and just 5 mins drive. The most exclusive and best course Monte Rei Golf & Country Club a other prestigious courses are all within a 20 minute drive.
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..
Additional pricing information
Cancellation policy :Strict 60 days before arrival 100% refund. Less than 60 days no refund given. Cancellations will be subject to a £50.00/€50.00 administration charge.