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A walk around Tavira

Cidade à noite
Place: Tavira
Photo: Associação de Turismo do Algarve
Photo: Associação de Turismo do Algarve

Don't miss
  • enjoy the panoramic view from the castle tower
  • walk around the ancient streets and discover the remains of the Islamic walls
  • visit the Camera Obscura (Tavira Tower) in the old water tank to see the full splendour of the town
  • visit some of Tavira’s 37 churches
  • try the regional specialities such as octopus or tuna salad and the Tavira pastries
  • enjoy an ice cream in the Jardim do Coreto
  • buy some salt flower extracted from the region’s salt pans
  • take a walk by the sea on the long sandy beach of Tavira Island
  • be surprised by the anchor “graveyard” on Barril Beach
  • visit the waterfalls at Moinhos da Rocha and Pego do Inferno, 8km from Tavira

Tavira is very seductive, and from the streets along the River Gilão to the castle walls from which you have the best view over the town, it makes you want to discover its hidden corners and unlock its secrets.

There is a certain oriental charm in this town, in its “scissor” truss or hipped roofs which are outlined against the sky in a unique way and its latticed timber doors that shelter homes while still letting air and sound in, a heritage from the Arabs who inhabited the region.

Tavira straddles both banks of the river in an intricate design of narrow streets and white houses that call for an unhurried stroll. The Jardim do Coreto (Bandstand Garden) is the liveliest area, where people wander around savouring an ice cream and the fresh air, especially at night when shows and other events bring additional life to the area. Here you will find the Mercado da Ribeira which, after its original function as a market finished, is now devoted to entertainment and leisure.

The oldest bridge, which is believed to be originally Roman, is a 17th century structure with a walled parapet from which you can enjoy a beautiful view over the houses. An even better view is the one you will see by climbing the Castle Tower, arguably the best viewpoint over the town, taking in the undulating roofs, the domes of the churches, the river and the salt pans, right up to the blue line of the sea on the horizon.

In addition to the panorama, the exertion of climbing to the top is rewarded by everything you can admire on the way...

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