Tavira is a beautifully elegant town and almost surreal in aspects. Visitors can be forgiven for forgetting where they are, or even what year it is, as they step into this unique Algarve fishing town. Between the 8th and 13th centuries Tavira was under Arab rule until its conquest by the Knights of the Order of Santiago in 1242. It was elevated to a city in 1520 by King Manuel I and was the main trading port in the Algarve during the 16th to 18th centuries.

Tavira is a Portuguese city and municipality, situated in the east of the Algarve on the south coast of Portugal. It is 28 kilometres east of Faro and 177 kilometres west of Seville in Spain. The Gilão River meets the Atlantic Ocean in Tavira


Tavira is a unique experience, mainly because of all its Historical background and untouched archaeologic traces managed to keep it one of the most characteristic cities in representing the Algarve region. It has a mix of Roman, Arab and Christian historical heritage, which results in a center with remains of castle walls, churches and bridges from different eras. Put this together with fantastic beaches and the islands around Ria Formosa area, and you have a unique scenario likely to dazzle many of its visitors.