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Discover Eastern Algarve: Tavira




Approached through green fields studded with almond trees, the fishing town of Tavira is possibly the most picturesque town in the Algarve. It is set about 20 miles east of Faro and sits either side of the palm-lined river Gilão which is the centre of the town’s nightlife. One of the bridges spanning the river dates back to Roman times and there is still evidence of the town’s Roman walls.

Formerly one of the most important Moorish settlements in the region, the ruins of the Moorish castle, where there are some of the best views of the town over the streets lined with 18th century houses topped by pyramidal Roman-tiled roofs. Ferries leave the terminal, 2 km south of the town centre, taking bathers to the 11 km long and 500 m wide sandy beach of Ilha da Tavira.

In Tavira you can find: Restaurants, Cafés, Bars, Daily fruit and vegetable market, a Market - 3rd Saturday of the month, Shops, Banks, Beaches, Railway Station and an 18 hole golf course
Approximate Driving Time to Airports: Faro - 30 minutes, Lisbon - 2 hours 45 minutes and Porto - 5 hours, 15 minutes


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