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Licence Alojamento Local 76839/AL
Early Bird discount of 5% applies until Aug 31, 2018.
Boa Vista is a large (222 sqm) detached villa on a large lot. Unlike many properties described rather exaggeratedly as being "in Tavira town", the villa is 6 to 10 mins walk (depending on age, agility and encumbrance) to the old Roman Bridge which is generally regarded as the centre point of Tavira old town, a car is not essential. With a wrap-around marble-tiled terrace at ground floor level and a roof terrace beside the master bedroom, it offers panoramic views of the Algarvean hills, the river and the Roman bridge, the Moorish castle, and out to sea. It easily accommodates eight to nine guests (a cot and/or a high-chair are provided). The pool area has 8 loungers, umbrellas, etc and a child security fence -- and underwater lighting for night-time pleasure. Alfresco dining for eight is provided close to the pool and also on a shaded portion of the terrace beside the kitchen. Tables, chairs, umbrellas are also provided on another section of the terrace off the utility room and on the roof terrace (which also has some loungers). Wi-Fi internet access (100Mbps unlimited download) is included and there is a very strong mobile signal (free WiFi is also provided by the municipality at several locations around the town). Air-con (included in the rates) is provided in lounge, dining room and in all four bedrooms. The villa is equipped throughout to a very high standard. A portion of the wrap-around terrace is roofed beside the kitchen - you can eat here protected from the sun (and there is a gas BBQ) or in the air-conditioned dining room or al fresco by the pool (all three seat 8).
Quoted rates are based on a party of max eight. A ninth guest can be accommodated in camp-bed or baby cot at an additional charge of £10 per night.
OwnersDirect offers the possibility to book and pay online.
Changeover (arrival and depart) is normally Saturday.
Around the corner from the villa (approx 50m) you have a very upmarket gym for those who are foolish enough not to relax when on vacation -- just Google Gymnasium Tavira Facebook -- temporary membership €40 for 30 days.
Cable TV in the living room provides more channels than you are ever likely to watch (languages include English, French, German, Dutch, Italian, Spanish, Portuguese). Cable TV is also provided in the dining room, the master bedroom and one of the twin bedrooms.
An informal paperback library (mostly English) is at your disposal -- feel free to exchange your books for ours.
A pathway around the corner from the villa leads down to the old town. For the young and agile, it's a six minute walk but eight to ten minutes for the relaxed or older folk. Coming back is uphill, many people walk down and take a €5 cab back.
The old town offers a huge variety of restaurants. There are many simple restaurants where dinner (including the house wine) can be had for €10 to €20 per head or you can opt for the stately splendour of the Pousada (the Portuguese version of the Spanish Parador) where the waiters wear dickie-bows and a bill of €100 per head is quite possible. But you've also got everything in between.
Nearby Ilha da Tavira (Tavira Island) boasts 12km of some of the finest white strands of the Algarve. It's reached by ferry from the old town or there's a cartoon train that runs across a causeway to the island. With 12km of beaches, it's never overcrowded -- and there's even a secluded nudist stretch!
The local Camara (Town Council) goes to great lengths to entertain visitors. Fairs, exhibitions, folk music and dancing, aerial displays, balloon races, a film festival -- rarely a day goes by without some event. The municipal market is also well worth a visit -- the variety of fish on offer is truly astonishing.
Tavira is surrounded by the Ria Formosa Nature Park, one of the "Seven Natural Wonders" of Portugal. Here you can go bird watching, butterfly chasing, horse riding, cycling, wandering, fishing – or just “wander lonely as a cloud” a la Wordsworth.
Half an hour's drive from Tavira you come to the Guadiana River valley, the border between those old enemies Spain and Portugal. The medieval walled towns of the valley are a sight to behold. I recommend an upriver cruise from Villa Real do Santo Antonio -- you visit several of the walled towns (my favourite is Mertola) and lunch en route is included.
The Algarve is a golfer's paradise. There are six or eight courses within half an hour's drive. The nearest course is Benamor at 5km which, even if you don't play golf, is well worth a visit for a delightful lunch! For the keen golfer, a temporary membership of a local golfing society can be arranged – this offers inexpensive club hire and huge reductions on green fees.