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Wander around a maze of cobblestone streets, stopping off at Renaissance churches, medieval castles and restaurants serving up the Algarve’s fine seafood.

Tavira is one of the Algarve’s most enchanting towns. With its ancient heritage, historic landmarks and pristine coastal reserves, the town is considered one of the treasures of southern Portugal. Explore the streets of Tavira and see the captivating history of this ancient settlement in its preserved streetscape. Stretch out on secluded beaches and indulge in delicious seafood hauled in daily from local fishing boats.

The grand square, Praça de República, is a great place to begin your discovery of the old town. The town’s Tourist Information Centre is located here, so drop in and find out what’s happening during your stay. Admire the heritage buildings adorned by the awnings of cafés and the monumental architecture of the Câmara Municipal de Tavira (Tavira Town Hall). Go to the restored 17th-century Roman Bridge spanning the arterial Gilão River on the northern side of the square or wander south to find a collection of historic churches.

One of the town’s architectural wonders is the Renaissance-era Misericórdia Church, which has exquisite tiled imagery and an immense gilded altarpiece inside. Other preserved churches include the Igreja de Santiago and the Igreja de Santa Maria do Castelo. Climb the crumbling stone turrets of Tavira Castle and enjoy unparalleled views across the rooftops of the old town, stretching all the way to the mouth of the Gilão River and the sandy beaches facing the Atlantic Ocean.

Catch a ferry down the river to Ilha de Tavira, the stunning sandbar island southeast of the town. Protected by the Ria Formosa Natural Park, this island is a haven for flora and fauna. Tavira’s most popular spots for swimming and relaxing on the sandy shores are Ilha de Tavira Beach and Terra Estreita Beach.

Be sure to try some of Tavira’s fantastic local seafood, plucked daily from the river and the Atlantic waters. Check out the cafés and restaurants in the town square and the Market Hall (Mercado da Ribeiro) and pair your dish with a local wine.

Reach Tavira via the regional train that connects the eastern Algarve region. The town is a 30-minute drive from the regional hub of Faro. Visit Tavira between May and September for a sun-soaked vacation.

Top hotels in Tavira

Ozadi Tavira Hotel
Ozadi Tavira Hotel
4 out of 5
Quintas Das Oliveiras E N 125, Tavira

This family-friendly Tavira hotel is located in the suburbs, within 2 mi (3 km) of Ria Formosa Natural Park, Tavira Living Science Center and Tavira Gran Plaza ...

4.5/5Wonderful! (303 reviews)
New favorite hotel in Tavira

"Very modern location in Tavira. Great parking. Nice rooms and nice pool. Good breakfast with views. WiFi could be improved."…"

Reviewed on 21 Jul 2020

Ozadi Tavira Hotel
Hotel Vila Gale Tavira
Hotel Vila Gale Tavira
4 out of 5
Rua 4 de Octubro s/n, Tavira
The price is €84 per night from 1 Nov to 2 Nov

This family-friendly Tavira hotel is located on the riverwalk, within 1 mi (2 km) of Alvaro de Campos Municipal Library and Ria Formosa Natural Park. Palacio ...

4.2/5Very Good! (591 reviews)

"Great location. Friendly staff. Great facilities including indoor and outdoor pool. Fantastic buffet breakfast."…"

Reviewed on 23 Feb 2020

Hotel Vila Gale Tavira
Pedras d'el Rei
Pedras d'el Rei
3 out of 5
Pedras d'el Rei, Santa Luzia, Tavira
The price is €49 per night from 1 Nov to 2 Nov

Offering direct access to the beach, this Tavira aparthotel is in a national park and within 1 mi (2 km) of Ria Formosa Natural Park and Barril Beach. Tavira ...

3.7/5Good! (189 reviews)

"The facilities, location and food were all very good, however, the apartment was very tired looking and in need of decorating/renovating. The bed was hard but the apartment size was fairly spacious. The staff throughout were pleasant and professional. Enjoyable stay and would use again."…"

Reviewed on 27 Sep 2020

Pedras d'el Rei
Lowest nightly price found within the past 24 hours based on a 1 night stay for 2 adults. Prices and availability subject to change. Additional terms may apply.

Holiday Rentals in Tavira

Pedras d'el Rei
Pedras d'el Rei
3 out of 5
Pedras d'el Rei, Santa Luzia, Tavira
The price is €49 per night from 1 Nov to 2 Nov

Offering direct access to the beach, this Tavira aparthotel is in a national park and within 1 mi (2 km) of Ria Formosa Natural Park and Barril Beach. Tavira ...

3.7/5Good! (189 reviews)

"The facilities, location and food were all very good, however, the apartment was very tired looking and in need of decorating/renovating. The bed was hard but the apartment size was fairly spacious. The staff throughout were pleasant and professional. Enjoyable stay and would use again."…"

Reviewed on 27 Sep 2020

Pedras d'el Rei
Tavira Garden
Tavira Garden
3 out of 5
EN125 - Sítio das Alfarrobeiras, Tavira

This family-friendly Tavira aparthotel is within 1 mi (2 km) of Ria Formosa Natural Park and Tavira Castle. Ilha de Tavira Beach and Cabanas Beach are also within ...

3.8/5Good! (143 reviews)

"This place was a beautiful private apartment on the outskirts of Tavira, very well appointed with everything you could want, super clean and with the friendliest check-in person ever!"…"

Reviewed on 5 Mar 2020

Tavira Garden
Cabanas Park Resort
Cabanas Park Resort
4 out of 5
Sitio da Canada, Cabanas de Tavira, Tavira

Situated on the waterfront, this aparthotel is within a 10-minute walk of Ria Formosa Natural Park and Cabanas Beach. Benamor Golf is 1.8 mi (2.9 km) away. Conceição ...

4/5Very Good! (258 reviews)

"Very good hotel. Staff were friendly and professional throughout my stay."…"

Reviewed on 20 Nov 2019

Cabanas Park Resort
Lowest nightly price found within the past 24 hours based on a 1 night stay for 2 adults. Prices and availability subject to change. Additional terms may apply.

Popular places to visit in Tavira

Tavira Castle
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Tavira Castle

4/5(64 reviews)

Look out across the rooftops of historic Tavira from a tower in this ruined fortress, which has withstood royal sieges, pirate attacks and natural disasters.

Ilha de Tavira Beach
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Ilha de Tavira Beach

4.5/5(3 reviews)

Stretch out on the broad beach facing Tavira’s neighboring island, where the gentle waves of the Atlantic Ocean meet soft, golden sands.

Roman Bridge
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Roman Bridge

4.5/5(64 reviews)

Despite its name, Tavira’s central footbridge wasn’t constructed during the Roman Empire, but it does sit where an ancient bridge once was.

Top things to do in Tavira

Amazing West: Silves, Foia, Lagos & Sagres Day Tour
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Amazing West: Silves, Foia, Lagos & Sagres Day Tour

€41
Per adult
72% of travellers recommend
Loulé Market Half-Day Tour
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Loulé Market Half-Day Tour

€19
Per adult
Best of the East: Faro, Olhão, Tavira & Cacela Velha
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Best of the East: Faro, Olhão, Tavira & Cacela Velha

€40
Per adult
Quarteira Market and Vilamoura Half-Day Tour
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Quarteira Market and Vilamoura Half-Day Tour

€19
Per adult
Fatima and Aljustrel Day Tour from Algarve
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Fatima and Aljustrel Day Tour from Algarve

€53
Per adult
80% of travellers recommend
Camera Obscura Admission Ticket
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Camera Obscura Admission Ticket

€5
Per adult

Reviews of Tavira

4.6

Top Destination

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4/5 - Good

Verified traveller

5 Mar 2020

A really beautiful place to spend a few days!

5/5 - Excellent

Verified traveller

15 Dec 2019

It’s a pretty place to visit , try Fado Historical a very pleasant surprise

5/5 - Excellent

Verified traveller

21 Oct 2019

Tavira is an immaculate Roman town. The people are very hospitable and we always feel very safe. Not many discos or clubs (we didn't see any, but plenty of bars. The Irish Bar just over the Roman Bridge was good fun.

5/5 - Excellent

Gerry

3 Oct 2019

Great little town with good restaurants, try Cantinha do Emigrantes for well prepared food

5/5 - Excellent

Verified traveller

25 Sep 2019

Very pretty waterfront, with good restaurant choices on the north side

4/5 - Good

Verified traveller

24 Sep 2019

Some fab eateries!

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