Visiting Tavira in the Algarve

When on holiday I find it gets a little boring to just spend a week sun worshipping. To get the most out of a holiday I like to get out and about a little, explore the local area and the try to absorb some of the culture.

Staying in Vale do Guerro in the Algarve, there’s plenty to do and see within a stone’s throw of the area, one thing being a visit to Tavira just a short 25 minute drive away.

Tavira dates right back to the Bronze Age, around 1000-800 B.C. and offers plenty of reminders about its historic past with rich architecture, cobbled streets, churches, a castle and a “Roman” bridge.

Roman Bridge

One of the key highlights of Tavira is the Roman Bridge that features in all of the guidebooks and of course on Trip Advisor. A little independent research shows however that a recent study of the Bridge has determined that the bridge isn’t in fact Roman after all and is now said to originate from the 12th Century Moorish occupation.

Town Centre

The town centre in Tavira offers all of the usual sights and sounds that you would expect from a historic town like this.

A town square…

An outdoor & old indoor market…

Cobblestone streets…

Old churches…

Historic architecture and design…

Rooftop views…

Amazing old doors for photo opportunities(!)…

A river…

And of course plenty of shops, cafes and restaurants lining the streets.

On the day we visited the streets were lined in decorations for a celebration but I wasn’t sure what this relates to unfortunately!

The other major attraction of Tavira is the castle ruin which sits central to the city.

Tavira Castle

Climbing the narrow streets you eventually reach the castle, or at least what remains of its walls!

Within the structure however there is a beautifully maintained garden full of life and colour and from here you can climb up some vertigo inducing steps to 3 separate sections of the wall which offer stunning views across the city.

The only other attraction which I passed through the town was an old water tower which has now been converted into an observation deck. Have climbed the castle walls however we felt we would give it a miss however I expect the views from the top to be well worth it.


And that was it! The only thing left to do before leaving this city was grab an ice cream!

I really enjoyed Tavira – it has a rich culture, is beautifully maintained and you can easily spend a couple of hours here exploring what the town has to offer. If you’re in the area for your next holiday I would recommend going to take a look!

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