Tavira, Portugal is a small seaside town located in the Algarve region on the south coast of Portugal. Located near the city of Faro, Tavira is a great option for travelers looking to get away from the crowds of more popular tourist destinations. With beautiful beaches, a picturesque old town, and unique accommodation options, Tavira is the perfect place for a relaxing vacation. In this blog post, we’ll discuss some of the best things to do in Tavira.
One of the best things to do in Tavira is to visit the Tavira Castle (Castelo de Tavira). Located in the historic center of Tavira, the castle dates back to the 12th century. After the Christian reconquest in the 13th century, the castle was refortified to protect the town against raids and pirates. Climb the ramparts and octagonal tower for amazing views all the way to the coast, and be sure to check out the pretty courtyard full of flowering trees.
Camera Obscura – Tavira Tower
For a unique view of the city, visit the Tower of Tavira. The Tower of Tavira is actually a camera obscura, an ancient optical device that uses a convex lens to project an image. Tavira’s camera obscura projects 360-degree images of the town inside the converted water tower. It’s a cool view of the city and an interesting predecessor to the invention of the camera.
Nucleo Islamico Museum
Ria Formosa and Islands
Finally, be sure to explore the Ria Formosa Nature Park. A coastal lagoon protected from the sea by barrier islands, the park is a paradise for birdwatchers, kayakers and nature-lovers. You can walk or bike through the paths, or take a boat trip to see flamingos and other aquatic birds.
Tavira Island is also part of the Ria Formosa, and is known for being one of the most beautiful stretches of beach in the Algarve. It’s actually home to three long beaches: Praia da Ilha de Tavira in the east part of the island, Praia da Terra Estreita (central beach), and Praia do Barril (west). All three are rated as Blue Flag Beaches for meeting environmental and sustainability guidelines.
Cabanas de Tavira
Be sure to visit Cabanas de Tavira. This small town near Tavira dates to the 18th century, when fishermen began building temporary cabanas (fishing huts) that eventually became permanent residences. Today it’s a growing tourist destination, thanks to its barrier island and beach which are part of the Ria Formosa.
Tavira, Portugal is a great destination for travelers looking for a unique and off-the-beaten-path destination. With plenty of things to do and see, beautiful beaches, and unique accommodation options, it’s easy to see why Tavira is such a popular destination. Be sure to plan your trip soon!