Tavira is a small coastal city in Portugal. The city is located on the Rio Gilão, about 12km from the Atlantic Ocean and 70km south of Lisbon. It has a population of about 2700 inhabitants, and its old town (within the medieval walls) was classified as a UNESCO World Heritage Site in 1988.
If you’re looking for an inspiring place to visit this summer, then Tavira could be just what you need. There are plenty of things to do that will make this stopover one to remember! Here are some ideas:
- Take a boat tour around the 12 islands -the tallest of these is Cabo de São Vicente with views over 50 kilometres away…
- Visit the old town and take a walk around the walls. Running for 2,5km, these walls are one of the most important remains of medieval military architecture in Portugal. And did you know? They were constructed in 1241 to protect the town from pirates!
- Go on a day trip to Cabo de São Vicente where you can walk around this historic lighthouse -built by King Manuel I in 1515. The view at the top is breathtaking…
- Go on a kayak tour and discover some hidden coves and grottos. You don’t have to be an experienced kayaker to join this tour; however, it is recommended that you are able to swim as there may be some strong currents at times.
- Practice your night photography skills with an evening tour around the city. Try to capture some of the fantastic views of Tavira’s old town at night.
- Have a cocktail at one of the many bars or restaurants in town and enjoy the view over this beautiful city!
- Go for a swim at Praia de Monte Clerigo beach, which is just 20 minutes walking distance from Tavira’s old town. This wide open beach offers some scenic views; and there are also some nice places to eat here. And did you know? This beach is over 5 kilometres long…
- If you’re looking for an activity that will keep the kids entertained, try a day trip to Praia de Alvor. This beach is great fun for all the family…
- Visit the Church of Santa Maria Maior. This is a beautiful example of Manueline architecture and has some interesting religious sculptures, plus there is a small museum dedicated to these figures.
- Have dinner in one of the many restaurants in Tavira that offer traditional fish dishes such as sardinhas or more exotic dishes like Serra da Estrela lamb.
Tavira Portugal is a quaint and beautiful destination for anyone in need of some rest and relaxation. Along with its regional cuisine–from the hearty bean soup called “caldo verde” to a smoky fish dish called “bacalhau à Bras”–visitors can explore the region’s natural beauty by day and enjoy live music at night.
…and don’t forget your camera!
While Tavira may not be overlooked on many tourists’ itineraries, it’s important to keep an eye out for its signature architectural landmarks and natural beauty.