This is TAVIRA


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   Welcome to our introduction to TAVIRA and the Eastern Algarve. Although we will be delighted to hear from you should you wish to rent our apartment, we hope this site will also be of interest to anyone visiting this part of Portugal.

   Tavira has been described as the most unspoilt town of the Algarve. An important centre for local commerce and industy since pre-Roman times, it has a Roman bridge across the Rio Gilão, Moorish Castle, a score of old churches and narrow cobbled lanes as well as modern shops.

   The town is centred around the river and, on the west bank, the old market has been converted into a modern market place with shops and cafés where you can sit by the river. The new market (for fish, fish, fruit and vegetables, meat, bread, sweets, lots of other things and fish) is a ten minute walk along the river to the south of the old market and the best buys are still to be had early in the day. A further twenty minutes down river will bring you to 'Quatro Aguas', the Tavira sea-front. From here you can take the boat to the Atlantic beaches of Ilha Tavira. In summer, the boats also run from the town quay by the old market and this is perhaps a better option than the 25 minute walk when it is hot.

   From Praça de la Republica near the Roman Bridge (133K) at the top end of the street from the old market (5 minutes), there is a 'tourist train' (like Thomas the Tank Engine but red and with road wheels) which runs round the town and to Quatro Aguas throughout the year.

   Here are some external links to pages of interest about Tavira:

Câmara Municipal de Tavira - Tavira Town Hall Website

Tavira Municipal Library - with free internet access, using your own laptop wirelessly if you wish, all the papers and excellent snacks.

Freguesia de Cabanas - in Portuguese but has list of restaurants, opening times for chemists (Farmacias - click on Próximos Dias) etc.

Freguesia de Cabanas - in Portuguese but not difficult to follow for events, pictures etc.

Beautiful pictures of Tavira from Alfred Molon (133K)

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