Spacious flat in Tavira (unspoilt eastern Algarve)- 12 minute Walk to restaurants and cafés and 10 minute drive to the coast or the golf course
- English, French, Portuguese, My spoken Portuguese is still somewhat limited
About Bernadette Plunkett
I currently live most of the year in York in the UK with regular trips to 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. Three years ago I took early retirement from my job as a University lecturer and I have just qualified as a Traditional Chinese medical practitioner. This means I can't visit my flat in Tavira for long visits any more but I can still come more often than I was able to when working full time at the university. 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 or so 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. O Laranjal can be booked using alternative payment methods which allows you to avoid paying the OD service charge. Search for O Laranjal on fb.
Please be considerate even for small gatherings
In external areas only.
Contact me direct if you can meet the conditions
The balcony railings have wide gaps between them
Minimum age of primary renter:21
Max guests:7 (sleeps up to 6 adults)
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
100% refund for cancellations more than 60 days before check-in date. 50% refund for cancellations more than 30 days before check-in date.
Great apartment in great location
We’ve just spent 3 weeks in this apartment and thoroughly enjoyed it. It’s spacious, and very well equipped. It is, and feels very much like, staying in someone’s home. The balconies are small but lovely to sit either end of the day and the roof terrace is a fine place to relax (or toast yourself in my case!).
It’s 10 mins walk into town, 5 to the station and very handy for supermarkets. Neither of us drives and it was perfect for us. And there are lots of great places to eat nearby.
This was our 4th time in Tavira and it just gets better every time.
5 night stay in Tavira
My parents, my brother and his family with their 1 yr old boy, and I stayed in this 3 bed apartment and had a really lovely time. The apartment is located within walking distance from the town centre and from various supermarkets which is very convenient for your daily grocery shopping. The apartment is well equipped, it isn't lacking in anything, so it truly feels like a home away. Also, it is very clean and very tidy.
The balcony is a lovely place to have your breakfast in the sunshine or to have an evening chat with your family until late night.
The communication with the owner was very easy and very effective. She was very helpful, even during our stay she answered the questions we had.
All in all, I would highly recommend to stay in this apartment, you will not regret it. Lovely place.
A delightful apartment
We enjoyed a wonderful month at O Laranjal in Tavira. Situated within an easy walk to the centre of Tavira, this apartment offers comfortable modern living while being close enough to the shops, cafes and restaurants along the river front. We especially enjoyed sipping our morning coffees on the balcony, listening to the birds singing in the orange grove below. Our host Bernadette was accommodating in adjusting our dates and responded quickly to our requests. Thank you Bernadette for sharing O Laranjal with us.
I am really glad that you enjoyed your stay at O Laranjal and hope to see you back at some time in the future.
Lovely apartment and a great location
We enjoyed our stay in Tavira. It is a lovely town, all within walking distance of the apartment. The apartment is very spacious and comfortable, with great air conditioning. We would definitively recommend it and stay there again if returning to Tavira.
always good to hear that customers would stay again.
A short pleasant walk to the river
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.
Lovely apartment beautifully decorated but ....
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.
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.
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. Terra Estreita is on the other end of the island which is 14 km long; in the summer this beach is reachable by ferry from the fishing village of Santa Luzia (which is just 3km west of the apartment) or from the main part of Tavira island. 1km further west is Pria do Barril , reached by a little train at Pedras del Rei, though you can reach it on foot, over the dunes. 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.
Ferry to beach: 1.5km (winter 2 km); Beaches: 3 -4 km; Nearest restaurant: 500 m; Supermarket: 250 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.