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Air-conditioned 3-bed Apartment in Central Tavira with Great Views and Free Wifi

Bedrooms 3
Space 1,399 sq. ft.
Property type apartment
Minimum Stay 3 - 7 nights


About the property

Spacious flat in Tavira (unspoilt eastern Algarve)- 10 minute Walk to restaurants and cafés and 10 minute drive to the coast or the golf course

I'd love to welcome you to my bright and airy apartment. 'O Laranjal' named for the orange grove which it overlooks and the smell from whose blossoms pervade the flat in Spring.

O Laranjal which is fully licensed under the Portuguese Local Lodging system sleeps up to six adults in three bedrooms each with a double bed.

O Laranjal is well supplied with everything you need to make your stay a relaxing one. It has free unlimited and hi-speed wi fi. The flat-screen TV has English, French, German, Spanish and of course Portuguese channels. My bookcase is crammed with paperbacks; mainly in English but some French, Dutch and Russian books too.

There are DVDs too and the apartment has a CD player, a DVD player and there are even board games. The flat has air-conditioning and electronic shutters throughout.

The large kitchen at O Laranjal is well-equipped with electric, oven, microwave, fridge freezer, dish-washer and washing-machine, as well as lots of cooking utensils. There are also a variety of ways for you to make your coffee in the morning so relax and have it on the balcony while enjoying the view and watching the birds. Being a bit of a coffee afficionado myself, I have a Nespresso machine, Cafetières and a drip coffee machine.

O Laranjal is a first floor property which can be accessed by a lift if need be. It is therefore suitable for the less mobile guest and there are even grab rails in the bathrooms. The lift goes up to the roof terrace too. Unfortunately the flat is not suitable for families with toddlers due to the width of the balcony railings.

Unlike many of the holiday apartments in the Tavira area, O Laranjal is on the western edge of the town centre, so everything is easy to reach, either on foot, using public transport or in a car. There is plenty of free parking in the vicinity.

O Laranjal has three balconies and a private section of roof terrace on the third floor, so it is easy to enjoy the magnificent views. On one side it overlooks an orange grove situated in the rump of an old farm, the Quinta do Caracol, on which the block of flats was built. The quinta gives its name to the part of Tavira where the apartment is located. From it's elevated position you can see out to sea from the terrace and two of the three balconies.

The apartment has three double bedrooms the master being en suite and with its own balcony. Each bedroom has plenty of storage space.

The en suite bathrooms has a bath and (shower over it) the other bathroom has a shower.

The kitchen is spacious and opens out onto a terrace with a built in BBQ. A great place to eat or relax with a drink after your busy day swimming, golfing or sightseeing.

The living-dining room is open plan with access to another smaller balcony.

Tavira is a lovely small town in the Eastern Algarve with loads of history. It was first settled by the Phoenecians in the 7th Century B.C., later both the Romans and the Moors arrived.

More Details
Registration Number : 7161/AL

Bernadette Plunkett
Member since: 2015
Speaks English, French, Portuguese, My spoken Portuguese is still somewhat limited
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Calendar last updated:
18 August, 2018

About Bernadette Plunkett

I currently live most of the year in York in the UK with regular trips to Dublin and Tavira.

In 2014, having found the beautiful town of Tavira in the relatively unspoilt eastern Algarve, I decided to look no further and bring forward my plan of having a second home in Portugal before retirement.

Two years ago I took early retirement from my job as a University lecturer and am now studying Traditional Chinese medicine. This allows me to visit my flat in Tavira for more often than I was able to when working full time. I look forward to relaxing, enjoying the sunshine, strolling by the river and eating out at one of the many restaurants in Tavira and nearby towns. The town is popular with tourists from Portugal and Spain as well as other Europeans so retains a traditional feel.

Bernadette Plunkett purchased this apartment in 2014

Why Bernadette Plunkett chose Tavira

I chose to buy here because I love the town of Tavira with its ready access from the airport, which is important if I’m only here for a few days.

Tavira has something for everyone with its lovely architecture, cobbled streets, cafés, great restaurants & nearby beaches, golf courses and nature reserves.

What makes this apartment unique

I chose the property for its elevated position with great views and beautiful light and airy atmosphere . I also wanted easy access to the bars and cafés in the centre of town as well as the beach and to have easy access to public transport to nearby towns when I come without a car.

My property is a bright and airy apartment with modern facilities including hi speed broadband and multi-language TV channels enjoying great views out to the sea over a lovely orange grove. It’s a short stroll from the old world charm of historical Tavira.

As well as benefiting from being just a 10 minute walk to the castle and the centre of town it has great access to routes out of town and the motorway. A choice of beaches and the nearest golf course are less than fifteen minutes drive away and other Algarve towns and nearby Spain are just as easily reached by public transport.

You can book my apartment using alternative payment methods which allows you to avoid paying the OD service charge.


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

Property Type:
  • apartment
  • floor 1
Building Type:
  • building
  • Self-catering
  • Housekeeper Optional
Floor Area:
  • 1399 sq. ft.
House Rules:
  • Check-in: 16:00
  • /
  • Check-out: 11:00
  • Max. occupancy: 7 ...
  • Max. adults: 6
  • Min. age of primary renter: 21
  • Children welcome ...
  • Parties/events not allowed ...
  • Pets not allowed ...
  • Smoking allowed ...
  • With new furniture I now no longer accept pets unless they are confined entirely to the balcony and kitchen. Read Rental Conditions and phone me
Location Type:
  • beach
  • near the sea
  • Ocean View
  • town
  • Family
  • Historic
  • Romantic
  • Sports & Activities
  • Tourist Attractions
  • Air Conditioning ...
  • Lift
  • Garage ...
  • Hair Dryer
  • Heating ...
  • Internet ...
  • Iron & Board
  • Linens Provided ...
  • Living Room ...
  • Parking ...
  • Telephone ...
  • Towels Provided ...
  • Washing Machine
  • Wireless Internet
  • Free Wifi
  • Coffee Maker
  • Dishes & Utensils ...
  • Dishwasher
  • Freezer
  • Kitchen ...
  • Microwave
  • Oven ...
  • Refrigerator
  • Hob ...
  • Toaster ...
  • Dining ...
  • Dining Area
  • seating for 6 people
  • 2 Bathrooms
  • Bathroom 2 - Toilet , Shower Enclosure
    Bathroom 1 - Toilet , Bath with Shower , Bidet , Shower over bath
  • En-suite to Master bedroom with double sinks and vanity unit, bath and shower over, wc and bidet. Hairdryer. 2nd bathroom with 90cm quarter circle walk-in shower, sink with vanity unit and wc. Hairdryer.
  • 3 Bedrooms, Sleeps 7
  • Bedroom 1 - 1 Double Bed
    Bedroom 2 - 1 Double Bed
    Bedroom 3 - 1 Double Bed
  • Description of sleeping capacity: Sleeps 6 (3 Bedrooms) Notes on bedrooms: Master bedroom with double bed, cheval mirror, built-in wardrobes, armchair, air conditioning/heating, en suite bathroom and balcony with seating. Bedroom 2 with double bed, built-in wardrobes, armchair, air conditioning/heating,. Bedroom 3 with double bed, built-in wardrobes, desk and chair, air conditioning/heating.
  • Books ...
  • DVD Player
  • Games ...
  • Music Library ...
  • Satellite / Cable ...
  • Stereo ...
  • Television
  • Video Library ...
  • Balcony ...
  • Bicycles ...
  • Terrace ...
  • Golf ...
  • Barbecue
  • Tennis ...
  • 2 bicycles
  • suitable for elderly or infirm
  • wheelchair accessible ...
  • churches
  • cinemas
  • library
  • live theatre
  • museums
  • naturist beach
  • playground
  • restaurants
  • ruins
Leisure Activities:
  • beachcombing
  • bird watching
  • eco tourism
  • horse riding
  • outlet shopping
  • scenic drives
  • sight seeing
  • walking
Local Services & Businesses:
  • ATM/bank
  • fitness centre
  • groceries
  • laundrette - serviced
  • massage therapist
  • medical services
Sports & Adventure Activities:
  • cycling
  • fishing
  • golf
  • hiking
  • jet skiing
  • sailing
  • swimming
  • tennis
  • wind-surfing
Notes on accommodation: The apartment is licensed and has been inspected by the local council and is equipped with a smoke alarm, fire extinguisher, fire blanket and first aid kit. (Local lodging license 7161/AL) Outside: 3 balconies, one with BBQ, Private roof terrace with town and sea views. Utility Room: There is no separate utility room but equipment provided includes, cooking utensils, food processor, blender, iron and board, mop & bucket, clothes line & pegs, broom, dust pan & brush, vacuum cleaner. Two mosquito nets and a hammock are also available. Cleaning / Towels / Linen / Maid service: Bed linen and towels (excluding pool & beach towels) included. Linen change each week included. Final cleaning included. Extra housekeeping can usually be arranged for you upon advance request. Other: Roof terrace. The apartment has an A rating for energy and has electric shutters throughout. Sorry no smoking except on the balconies and roof terrace and no pets unless staying a month+.


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Air-conditioned 3-bed Apartment in Central Tavira with Great Views and Free Wifi
average rating of 4.733333 based on 15 reviews

A short pleasant walk to the river

  • 4 of 5

We were four senior's and were all very happy with the apartment. It was even nicer than the pictures showed! All conveniences, modern, spacious, clean, quiet- it just couldn't get any better. Our hostess was more than accommodating and we would definitely go back.

  • Review Submitted: 13-May-2018
  • Date of Stay: April 2018
  • Source: Owners Direct, from HomeAway
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Lovely apartment beautifully decorated but ....

  • 3 of 5

The apartment itself was lovely. It is exactly as the photographs show. However,we arrived to find workmen laying a new concrete floor on the patio in the apartment below us and then laying tiles. This work lasted a full week and rather spoiled sitting out on the balcony due to lack of privacy and noise. This was not the fault of the owner of the apartment I hasten to add ..... just our bad timing! Whilst we we knew the apartment was a 10 minute walk away before booking, it is worth noting that the walk is downhill so consequently the return walk is uphill. You would need to factor this is in. We found a little oasis in the Sotovento Bar which is beside the train station and on the way to Lidl. This is a little local establishment serving the usual drinks, coffee, pastries etc. It was a life saver and we even got to know the locals and they us.

  • Review Submitted: 13-Oct-2017
  • Date of Stay: September 2017
  • Source: Owners Direct, from HomeAway
Owner's Response: Dear guests, I am so sorry that your full enjoyment of my apartment was spoiled for half of your stay. I was aware that at some point the neighbours would be having some repair work done to the patio, due to heavy rains last year causing water to leak through to the foundations of the building. However, a) I was given no notice that the work was about to start and b) I had been told that when it did happen it would last no more than a couple of days. I am therefore appalled that the work lasted a whole week. As you said in your review this situation was not of my making and and the timing of the repair was totally outside of my control. I assume that now that the problem has been resolved downstairs, this situation will never arise again. Nevertheless, given what happened, I would be happy to give you a discount if you were to return for a stay in the future. Please contact me direct before booking at any point in the future if you would like to take advantage of this discount. I am sorry if I did not make clear in my advert that the walk back from town is uphill, although I think it does mention that the apartment occupies an elevated position. Of course, prospective visitors who do not know Tavira would not know that any apartment a little way away from the centre is uphill. The gradient is steeper on the other side of the river, though. I will try to rectify this lack of clarity in my advertising in the future. I am very glad that, temporary noise problems aside, you liked my 'lovely' apartment and hope to have you to stay again some time.
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A lovely apartment

  • 5 of 5

Bernadette's apartment is lovely. It is spacious and clean with 3 lovely balconies and a roof terrace and has everything you could need. It's only a short walk into Tavira.

  • Review Submitted: 01-Aug-2017
  • Date of Stay: July 2017
  • Source: Owners Direct, from HomeAway
Owner's Response: Thanks for your great review Sharon. I am very glad that you found the apartment so nice. I look forward to having you back at O Laranjal in the future. It won't be long now till I'm back there myself for my next trip and I'm really looking forward to it.
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Lovely apartment in lovely town

  • 5 of 5

It is a beautiful 'lived-in' apartment about 10-15 minutes' walk from the centre of town. There is everything you would need for your stay. A well equipped kitchen, nice big but cozy living room with books and info on the area, as well as TV, DVD and stereo. Good wifi. Three double bedrooms with comfy beds and two bathrooms, air conditioning in all the bedrooms. Three small balconies - we had all our meals on the kitchen balcony overlooking an orchard and the back of the train station which was about a 7 minute walk from the apartment. There's also a roof terrace where we had pre-dinner drinks over-looking Tavira Island and the town. There's an Aldi and a Lidl, both large, in different directions - both about 8-9 minutes' walk. Lots of good cheap food.

Tavira is not a resort town, and not really a place for families with kids as there's not really anything aimed at them. It's very genuine and great for adults wanting to see a picturesque traditional town in the Algarve. There's a road train for 4 euro that takes you round the various areas of the town. There is taped commentary in English and Portuguese, but you can't really hear much of it through the speakers. But it's a good introduction to the town. Lots of cafes and hotels in the main area (and plenty of historic churches), and a ferry to the Ilha de Tavira which leaves regularly. It's a 15-20 minute journey but unbelievably it only costs 2 euro for a return ticket! There's are good beaches on the island but if you can, take your own umbrella. Otherwise you can rent one for 13 euros for the day. At 30+ degrees you'll need one!

Trains are regular and on time, and very cheap! If you're over 60 and from the EU, they are half price! They go to Vila Real on the border with Spain to the east, and Faro to the west.

I would definitely go back to the area another time, and stay in the same place but would rent a car next time to be free to explore further afield and go to places that would be difficult on public transport.

  • Review Submitted: 28-Jul-2017
  • Date of Stay: July 2017
  • Source: Owners Direct, from HomeAway
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Great apartment, in a fab town. Close to train station and 3 supermarkets. 10 minute walk to centre.

  • 5 of 5

Fab 3 bedroomed apartment, very close to train station, from station can travel east towards portugal spanish border or west to Faro and beyond. Within 10 minute walk there is a Lidl, Aldi and a Pingo Doce supermarket. Apartment is very well equipped with A/C, 3 balconies, good selection of TV channels. Kitchen has everything. Tavira is a fab town, not over developed, 10 minute walk to the centre of town, numerous bars, cafes, restaurants, shops etc. Also Tavira island can be reached by either a ferry from middle of the town or from another ferry after a mile walk from town. Passing salt pans, with plenty of wading birds, including Spoonbill, Flamingos, Stilts, Herons, Storks etc etc. Tavira island has miles of lovely uncrowded sand and in middle of October the sea was still 22C so fab for a swim. Tavira also has a minicipal swimming pool for public use. This is close to a large shopping centre. Also has a small castle to explore which is beside the Camera Obscura which is situated in an old water tower. Also apartments local contacts were very helpful. Superb apartment in a fabulous town with fab weather.

  • Review Submitted: 31-Oct-2016
  • Date of Stay: October 2016
  • Source: Owners Direct, from HomeAway
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Wonderful Stay

  • 5 of 5

We had a wonderful stay in the apartment. Check-in was easy and the apartment had everything we needed to spend a lovely long weekend in Tavira. Thank you for letting us stay in your home.

  • Review Submitted: 05-Oct-2016
  • Date of Stay: September 2016
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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Nearest Airport
40 Kilometres
Nearest Ferry
1.5 Kilometres
Town centre, during summer, estuary year round
Nearest Golf
4.5 Kilometres
Ben Amor
Nearest Train
0.5 Kilometres
Tavira (Tavira main station, not Porto Novo)
Nearest Motorway
4.8 Kilometres
A22 Exit 16
Nearest Beach
3 Kilometres
Tavira Island
Car: not necessary


As detailed in the next section, my apartment O Laranjal, is spacious and modern and is equipped with free hi-speed wi-fi an multi-language TV channels. I also make available, books in 4 languages, DVDs, CDs and games for your enjoyment.


There are three beaches within easy reach of the flat. They sit on two sand bar islands, Isla de Tavira and Isla de Cabanas, which parallel the coast of the eastern Algarve. The Tavira-mar beach on Tavira Island is a blue flag beach reached by ferry or water taxi. There are restaurants and cafés on the island as well as water sports in summer but walk a bit from the ferry stop and you can find seclusion from the crowds. Pria do Barril is on the other end of the island which is 14 km long; this beach is reachable by ferry from the fishing village of Santa Luzia (which is just 3km west of the flat) or by a little train at Pedras del Rei. Further west of Praia do Barril there is a nudist section of beach. Ferries to the other island are from Cabanas a village resort 3-4 km east of Tavira.


Faro airport is 30-40 mins away. The airport in Seville is only a 2 hour bus journey, less in the car.

Car not essential, all amenities within walking distance.


Faro: 40 km; Spain: 40 km.

Easy access to many Algarvian towns and villages east and west via the Algarve railway line and local buses.

Regular ferries to Ayamonte, Spain from Vila Real de Santo Antonio where the Algarve train line terminates.

Further Details:

Ferry to beach: 1.5km (winter 2 km); Beach: 3 km; Nearest restaurant: 500 m; Supermarket: 300 m; Train station: 250 m; Golf: 4.5 km.

Tavira is in the eastern Algarve. Shops, supermarkets, restaurants and bars are open pretty much all year. In the winter months it can rain but it rarely lasts more than a few days.

As well as being suitable for golfers and beach lovers, the area is popular with bird watchers. The local salt pans and lagoons of the Ria Formosa nature reserve are well-known haunts for twitchers. Let me know if you need a recommendation for specialist help on this.

In summer time there is an almost daily programme of open air events in the town square, or nearby, most of them completely free of charge.

Even when it’s raining there are things to do in Tavira. The shopping centre the Gran-Plaza (Tavira’s mall) has 5 cinema screens as well as shops.


Prices & Availability

Prices for this holiday apartment in Tavira, Algarve

Rental Basis:
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Rental Period Minimum Price Additional Nights Weekend Night Weekly Monthly * Event Price
Peak Season
20 Jul 2018 - 30 Aug 2018
7 night minimum stay
for 7 nights
High Season
31 Aug 2018 - 27 Sep 2018
5 night minimum stay
for 5 nights
Notes: Rates are based on 3 guests; add £7 per night, per additional guest
Autumn half term
13 Oct 2018 - 2 Nov 2018
5 night minimum stay
for 5 nights
Notes: Rates are based on 3 guests; add £6 per night, per additional guest
Christmas-New Year
21 Dec 2018 - 2 Jan 2019
5 night minimum stay
for 5 nights
Notes: Rates are based on 3 guests; add £6 per night, per additional guest
Spring half-term
11 Feb 2019 - 3 Mar 2019
5 night minimum stay
for 5 nights
Notes: Rates are based on 3 guests; add £6 per night, per additional guest
My Standard Rate
3 night minimum stay
for 3 nights
Notes: Rates are based on 3 guests; add £5 per night, per additional guest

Additional pricing information

Fees No additional mandatory fees
Refundable Damage Deposit £314.05

Booking Notes:
€350 initial payment to be paid upon reservation.

Final payment due 55 days prior to arrival, or in full if booking within 6 weeks of arrival.

Your reservation of the property is only secured after receipt of relevant payment.

If paying by bank transfer, the returnable breakage and damage deposit of €350 is to be paid to clear no later than 3 days before arrival.It will be refunded via bank transfer, within 7 days of departure, except in exceptional circumstances.

No service fee payable if payment is made by bank transfer. You may make a bank transfer in either Euros or Sterling. If paying in Sterling, the exact amount of the second payment will normally be adjusted depending on prevalent exchange rates.

The apartment is no-smoking except in outside areas.

Changeover Day:
The changeover day is usually Friday. We will try to be flexible, especially outside of peak summer periods but this may depend on cleaner availability for a changeover and arrival on a Sunday may not be possible as my key holder does not work on Sundays.

Check-In and Check-Out
Arrival time from 16.00. Departure time 10.00. (unless otherwise agreed). If you may arrive after 11pm, please let me know upon booking.

Notes on prices:
Peak prices are based on full occupancy for a 7 day stay.
During low season, a three-day stay would be approximately 50% of the weekly rate and a five-day stay approximately 75%.

Owner's Cancellation Policy

  • 50% refund for cancellations more than 30 days before check-in date.
  • 100% refund for cancellations more than 60 days before check-in date.
  • Service Fee fully refunded on cancellations that qualify for 100% refund.
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