Visiting Tavira feels like being let in on a secret. While most holidaymakers head west out of Faro on arrival, heading instead to this picturesque port town is a special and rewarding experience. Tavira holidays are all about taking time to relax amid traditional Portuguese surroundings.
Stroll through ancient streets past ornate churches, such as the 13th-century Igreja de Santa Maria do Castelo. Alternatively, explore long stretches of unspoiled sand – this being the Algarve, holidays to Tavira have plenty of pristine beaches to choose from. Take a break from sunbathing and be sure to visit the anchor graveyard on Praia do Barril – an homage to the town’s early beginnings as a base for tuna fishing. Locals are proud of their fresh seafood and foodies will love the variety on offer. Try fresh clams from the Gilao riverbed or a traditional cataplana stew.