Terrific Tavira holidays 2020
For a 2020 holiday that combines fantastic Algarve sunshine with old town charm and unspoiled beaches, Tavira is the answer. Tavira is a small town full of historic sites; there are 30 churches to discover, a medieval castle as well as charming streets to walk peacefully around. If you are looking for a romantic break, Tavira offers plenty of quiet areas and beautiful scenery, for families, there are beaches and activities to entertain everyone. Nature lovers will find plenty to keep them happy, with hiking trails in the stunning countryside.
Tavira holidays are not just centred around the town though, Tavira is right in the heart of the popular Algarve, with gorgeous beaches. In Tavira, you are only a short trip away from Faro, known as the gateway to the Algarve and home to some of the most stunning beaches in Europe. Smaller fishing villages along the coast such as Santa Luzia and Luz are also worth a visit for a day trip. Everywhere you look in and around Tavira you will find historic charm as well as breathtaking scenery.
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Tavira at a glance
Must-visit historical sites
Tavira is one of the Algarve's most lovely historical towns, including sights like Castelo de Tavira
Discover the best beaches
There are a few nearby beaches including Cabanas Beach and Praia da Ilha de Tavira
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Couples looking for a quiet, relaxed break with a twist of history and culture will love Tavira
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Things to do in Tavira
Wander the old, cobbled streets for a dose of culture and a glimpse of Tavira’s past. Its maze of winding alleyways is ideal for discovering hidden gems, tiny churches and family-run restaurants. If you’re here for the beaches, you won’t be disappointed. Just a short ferry ride away on the Ilha de Tavira, there’s miles of golden sands waiting for you. The island has plenty of facilities, including watersports, a campsite and plenty of restaurants. Discover the Algarve’s wildlife in the magnificent Ria Formosa National Park or take a boat trip to remember and sail alongside a pod of resident dolphins.
Visit the town of Lagoa by train or by car to make a splash in the waterpark or sample their famous wines. Back in Tavira, there’s a whole host of flavours to discover at the indoor and outdoor markets, plus the wealth of fresh seafood served up on the banks of the Gilao River. Home to an annual seafood festival, the town dishes up seafood delicacies from the region over a period of three weeks. Celebrating the best catches hauled from its seas, Tavira is renowned for its seafood and fish dishes. While you’re deciding which Tavira attraction to soak up next, simply relax by the pool and take in the views in one of Tavira’s many excellent hotels.
Tavira offers a beach holiday with a difference. To reach Tavira’s sands you need to take a boat trip to the Ilha de Tavira. Your first visit will feel like an Algarve adventure. As your boat drops anchor and you head ashore, the path takes you through a small pine forest. But don’t worry, when you arrive at the beach you’ll be rewarded with 12km of pristine white sands.
The wide beach has plenty of space and is ideal for families looking to spend a long lazy day in the sun. The clean, calm waters are safe for swimming, and warm up as the summer sun blazes down on the island. Cafés and restaurants cater for everyone visiting the island, and sun loungers and umbrellas are available to hire to give you some shade on a hot day.
A 40-minute walk south on Ilha de Tavira will bring you to Barrill beach. A former tuna fishing spot, the old fishing huts are now cafes serving up tasty treats. The old tuna net anchors have been half-buried in the dunes here, creating an anchor cemetery and memorial numbering over 100 anchors.
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