Algarve attractions and locations

Close to the coast in the east of the Algarve, Tavira is one of the most beautiful cities in the region. Located on both sides of the wide Gilão River, this is a destination celebrated for its historical legacy, a past shaped by the Romans and later by the Moors, whose settlement on the banks of the river was surmounted by a castle, still visible today. The sloping roofs that define much of Tavira’s architecture are unique to this part of the Algarve. The same is true of the number of churches – 21 in total – that embellish the old city. Over the river is an elegant bridge, built in the 17th century on Roman foundations.

A walk along the riverside is one of the best ways to enjoy Tavira; the palm-lined gardens are splashed with color in the summer months, and a nearby market is filled with fresh fruits and vegetables. Ferries leave from the pier to Ilha de Tavira, a favorite destination for sun seekers and one of the few islands in the region where camping is allowed. Alternatively, you can take a tourist cruise along the Ria Formosa, a beautiful and pristine waterway and part of a protected natural park.

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