With plenty of charm and a wealth of beautiful beaches, Tavira is the ideal spot for your next sunshine-fuelled getaway. Located in the heart of the Algarve, this destination is favoured particularly by families and couples, especially those seeking a laid-back beach break. A particularly beautiful resort, the town has an old-style feel and is decked out with whitewashed buildings and cobbled streets. Explore its dainty churches, enjoy the atmosphere of one of its numerous family-run restaurants or just relax on its sprawling stretches of sand.
For a small town, there’s more than enough to keep you occupied. Sports fans can embrace everything from a relaxed game of golf to a wealth of water sports, while those looking for some retail therapy will be spoilt for choice in shopping opportunities.
Just a short jaunt away is where you’ll find the stunning sands and sea of Alvor. With the feel of an authentic fishing village, it makes for a particularly relaxed day trip – whether you fancy exploring its vibrant old town or devouring the cuisine of its excellent restaurants.
Nearby Lagos is particularly popular thanks to its buzzing nightlife, bustling streets and beautiful beaches. When you’re not making the most of the water sports on offer or hiking and biking through its varied landscapes, you’ll no doubt be enjoying its excellent club scene.
With so much variety, you’ll never be bored on a trip to nearby Albufeira. Whether you want a beach break or a chance to immerse yourself in an authentic taste of the Algarve, this picturesque destination will give you plenty to explore. Take a stroll along its sprawling coastline, or enjoy a quiet evening at one of the excellent restaurants in the area.
For those willing to shop until they drop, Tavira offers more than enough in the way of opportunities. While there are a number of chic boutiques dotted around among the usual high street stores, you’ll get your best deals at one of the town’s many markets. The old fish market situated next to the river is the perfect place to get your souvenirs. Browse your way through local handicrafts, delicious food and gorgeous jewellery.
Visit the Camera Obscura
Seeking a glorious view of the town? Head to the Camera Obscura, the highest point in Tavira. As well as spectacular panoramas, you’ll also learn a bit about the history of this part of the Algarve. You’ll want your camera to hand for this one – the views really are stunning.
Gorge on great seafood
With its proximity to the sea, it’s no surprise that Tavira’s favourite local cuisine is seafood. For real fans of fish, make sure you book into the famous Tavira Sea Gastronomy Festival. Held each year, this celebration is spread across many of the restaurants in Tavira, with each designing a seafood menu. Help yourself to octopus and scallops, or play it safe with a traditional paella.
Embrace a relaxed nightlife
While Tavira isn’t famous for its bustling bars and neon-lit nightclubs, there’s still enough to do come sundown. The old town is the ideal spot to visit in the evening, where Irish-themed bars and stylish rooftop haunts create a great place to linger with a drink for a few hours.
Beaches in Tavira
There are a number of beaches to be enjoyed in Tavira, with each offering something different. All of the best beaches can be found on Tavira island, an area made up almost entirely of golden sand. While boats dock here regularly, you can also reach it via the footbridge. If you’re travelling with kids, visit Ilha de Tavira beach. This bustling beach spot has lots to keep the entire family entertained – from restaurants to water sports clubs.
Those seeking something more sedate might like to visit more remote beaches like Terra Estreita beach and Barril beach – ideal if you’re looking for a quiet spot on a romantic getaway.
Cuisine in Tavira
This part of the Algarve is known for its excellent cuisine, and you’ll find a number of restaurants throughout the town. Authentic food can be found on many of these menus, with seafood proving particularly popular.
Octopus salad as well as razor clams and bean stew are all highly favoured dishes in the Algarve, and worth a try on your trip. Meanwhile, you’re likely to come across many meat dishes on your travels – from mouth-watering lamb to braised partridge.
Of course, those with a sweet tooth will enjoy the desserts on offer too. Puddings are made from a mixture of almonds, eggs, honey and fruit – delicious!
Restaurants in Tavira
You won’t be short of places to eat in Tavira, whatever your tastes or budget. As well as restaurants serving up Portugese dishes, the Algarve boasts a huge range of restaurants serving up food from all over the world. Chinese, Indian and Italian prove popular with visitors, and you’ll also find a number of tapas bars throughout the region. Food is generally good value and house wine is drinkable and often budget-friendly.
Restaurants in Tavira are distinctly family-friendly, making it a great place to take the kids. Children are readily welcomed to many of the eateries, some even including designated children’s menus. You’ll find restaurants accommodating and friendly.
Whether you’re looking for a blissful beach break or time away with the family, Tavira should be next on your holiday list. From its charming old town to its friendly feel. Play a game of golf, browse the town’s busy markets or rest and relax on the beach – there’s plenty to keep you captivated.
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