Tavira is a beautiful town located between faro and the Spanish border with a typical historic centre, almost showcasing what Algarve was like before resorts, golf courses and English and British restaurants opened in some parts of this beautiful peninsula.
Tavira, straddling on the Gilão river, is arguably the Algarve’s prettiest town exuding an authentic Portuguese charm with cobbled narrow streets, small cafes, and shops, almost untouched by the mass tourism offering a unique atmosphere. Here in Tavira big brand hotels are few and small charming houses and churches are many unlike the other well-known towns in Algarve.
The town was rebuilt in the 13th century after the town was recaptured from the Moors, even today you can see the remains of the Moors on beautifully crafted doors and windows especially the door knockers in the shape of hands, which are still in use and art of the local heritage. Tavira was once the Algarve’s main port until the major 1755 earthquake that hit Portugal and changed the shape of many cities such as Lisbon.
Even though Tavira is no longer a major hub, you can still see the lively fishing port and the salt extraction which is still playing an important role in towns livelihood and the towns elegant architecture. The fascinating churches, Castelo and the Palacio da Galeria display the towns wealthy past with high-quality hotels to choose from for a relaxing holiday.