Things to see and do in and around Tavira


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History

Tavira is a coastal city in the Algarve, southern region of Portugal, famous for its Moorish architecture. Fondly called Venice of Algarve, the city lies across the river Gilao that meets the Atlantic Ocean here. Tavira was under Arab rule from the 8th to the 13th century. Knights of the Order of Santiago conquered it in 1242. It was the main trading port of the Algarve between the 16th and the 18th century. Products like dried fish, wine and salt were mainly shipped from here. The city survived the 1755 earthquake and 18th century architecture and 37 churches replaced the destroyed structures. (portugalresident.com)

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Events

Carnival (normally February) - Tavira joins in the carnival fun across the region Palm Sunday (Sunday before Easter)
Triumphal Procession - This is a religious event that was started in the 18th century by the Carmelite Order of the City of Tavira. The procession consists of decorated litters with gilt woodwork and images depicting the life of Christ from the Mount of Olives to his death.
Festival 'Gastronomy of the Sea' (end of April beginning of May).
During July and August Tavira has a programme of summer evening entertainment in the Praça de República.
New Year's Eve - musical entertainment and fireworks.
(tavirauncovered.com)

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Activities

Golf
Boat Trips
Fishing
Bicycle Hire
Yoga
Markets
Ferry Times
TukTuk
Miniature Train Tour
Walking

Buses
Trains
Music/Nightlife
Council

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Golf

In spite of the marvellous landscape in the surroundings of Tavira and, most importantly, the tradition of golf in the Algarve region of Portugal, which has been alluring many golf aficionados for many years now, golf courses in Tavira are fairly recent.
Nowadays, there are a few to take into account in the golf scene that have become respected and well-known courses in the region and abroad.
Benamor
Monte Rei
Quinta da Ria
Quinta de Cima
Quinta do Vale
Castro Marim

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Boat Trips

Dolphin watching
Join us on this boat trip with dolphin watching in Tavira on a super-fast rigid inflatable boat, an unforgettable time moment with family and friends.
Ria Formosa boat tour This Ria Formosa boat tour departs from Tavira and beside enjoying the stunning landscapes, we’ll take you for a birdwatching experience!
Sunset Tour
Come aboard on our fishing yacht, offering you the best sunset tour in Tavira. We’ll take you to explore the enchanting islands of the Ria Formosa.
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Fishing

The Algarve is considered one of the best big game fishing spots in the world and we want to show you why on this adventure with big game fishing in Tavira!
Join us for an unforgettable day tuna and shark fishing in Tavira. Yes, you can fish for tuna and sharks in the Algarve! They are not the biggest but they are out there and we know how to catch them!
Or join us for an unforgettable day reef fishing from Tavira, an authentic local experience as fishing is still of great importance in the Algarve.
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Bicycle Hire and Tours

Founded in 1963, Abilio Bikes is the oldest bike shop in the city of Tavira that really believes in a Sustainable Tourism in Algarve. Nowadays the shop has internationally well known cycling brands, MTB, Road Bikes and Ebikes with high quality. Clients necessities are very important for us and we have several systems of cycle hire, rent a bike in our shop in Tavira and a service of delivery and collection of the bicycles wherever you are staying between Vila Real de Santo Antonio and Olhao. You also can choose discover a different Algarve and experience our bicycles tours with our bike logistics service. We also have our Bike Repair specialized multibrand and a great mechanic to take care of your bicycles.
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Yoga

There is plenty of Yoga available around Tavira -
here are a few options -

Hatha: Sámkya

Iyengar: Iyoga


YOGA RETREATS

Spring Wellness Retreat

Eastern Algarve, Portugal
5th - 12th May 2020
5 or 7 nights
Prices upon application   More Details

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Markets

** There is the Municipal Market in Tavira: Monday to Saturday from 7am to 1pm for a massive choice of fresh fish, meat and vegetables, all fairly priced. Situated at the West (right) end of the road bridge.
** General Market in Tavira: 3rd Saturday of each month at the Fairs and Exhibitions Park, just outside of town - From A22 motorway take the exit 16 - Tavira and on the 1st roundabound take the 2nd exit direction to Tavira. On the following roundabound (N125) take the 3rd exit direction to Vila Real Santo António. On the following roundabound (waterwheels) take direction to Fonte Salgada (3rd exit). On the next roundabound take direction to left (3rd exit).
** Flea Market adjacent to the Municipal Market every 4th Saturday of the month??
** Another Flea Market and Collectors Fair on the 1st and 5th Saturdays of the month, again adjacent to the Municipal Market

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Ferry Services

The only way to get to Tavira's stunning beach is across some water. The nearest point to the island which is the beach (Ilha de Tavira) is at Quatro Aguas, 1km out of town. Ferries go from here all year round for 1 or 2 euros, every half hour during summer.
The larger ferries from town only run during peak season (May to Oct?) also every half hour. Otherwise a water taxi can be booked at any time, prices probably negotiable. An up to date timetable of exact times and prices can be found at www.tavira-today, click here

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Tuk Tuk

Skip the hassle of renting a car and see more of Tavira in less time on this tuk tuk tour, ideal for first-time visitors. Enjoy easy transportation in a three-wheeled motor vehicle and customize your itinerary according to personal preference. Visit historical attractions, a nature reserve, and the three hills of Talvira. Plus, choose from multiple departure times to easily fit this tour into your schedule.
There seem to be at least 3 companies operating - 3 of them are Here

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Train tour

The Delgaturis operates tours in tourist trains since 2000, in the Algarve, specifically in Faro, Tavira and Vilamoura. Our company aims to give all passengers a pleasant and fun to ride, the historical areas (monuments, churches ...), landscapes ... their cities.
The producer of our trains is Deltrain SA and reward the quality, comfort and esthetics of their products. Today Deltrain is the leader in Portugal and one of the international market leaders in Tourist Train manufacturing
Here is a link to timetable etc