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Tavira is the ideal base from which to explore the wider Algarve and indeed Southern Spain. Located as it is a mere 30 minute drive from Faro Airport, it means you can be soaking up the rays by the pool less than an hour after exiting the plane.


The Town

The first settlements at Tavira date back to the late Bronze Age, approximately 1000 BC. In the 8th century BC the Phoenicians colonised the area building temples and a harbour. The Phoenician era in Tavira lasted two centuries before it was destroyed by conflict. The settlement lay abandoned for more than a century but then recovered during the Tartessian Period. Tavira and it's surrounding area prospered during Roman times but fell into decay in parallel with the Roman Empire. Between the 8th and 13th centuries Tavira was under Moorish control and there are still many signs of that time visible today, the whitewashed buildings, Moorish style doors and rooftops and the famous "Roman" bridge, which turns out not to be of Roman orign but from the 12th century Moorish period. The Moorish period was a good economic period for Tavira, seeing it become an important port for sailors and fishermen. In 1242 Dom Paio Peres Correia took Tavira back from the Moors in a bloody battle after seven of his principal Knights were killed during a period of supposed truce. In the 17th century the port of Tavira was of significant importance as it was used to ship produce should as salt, dried fish and wine. Like most of the towns along the Algarve Tavira was serverly affected by the great earthquake of 1755, which is thought to have reached a magnitude of 9 on the Richter scale. The town was subsequently rebuilt and today one can still see many of the fine 18th century buildings and Tavira's 37 churches.

Tavira today is a vibrant Portuguese town of approximately 13,000 inhabitants. It boasts many fine restaurants and outdoor cafes, being on the coast the quality and variety of it's seafood is second to none. Throughout the year the town's square and it's environs hosts many cultural events, such as free concerts in the main square, the annual outdoor Film festival, book fairs and craft fares.

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Beaches

The coast line from Faro to the Spanish border is really made up of two long strectes of sandy beach.

From Faro to Cacelha Velha one has the Ria Formosa National Park, all along this section of coast you have a series of long island sand-bars, you reach these beaches via a short ferry trip.

And then from Manta Rota to the Spanish border the coast line is effectively one long strip of golden sand. The water at the eastern end of the Algarve is normally a few degrees warmer as it is edging closer to the Mediterranean. The beaches are backed by gentle dunes rather than cliffs and are very gently shelving. There is a huge amount of room for everyone!

Please check out the map below to view some of the main beach locations on the Eastern Algarve, you can zoom in and out with the + and - buttons and simply click on the icons to get details on each location....


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Golf

There are a series of top quality golf courses along the Eastern Algarve within easy reach of your base in Tavira, click on the icons below to get details on each of the courses and have a great round !!


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Water Parks & more...


Karting Almancil Aquashow Family Park Roma Super Mini-Golf
Krazy World- Agarve Zoo Zoomarine Fiesa - Sand Sculpture Park
Aqualand Slide & Splash Water Park Zoo de Lagos


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