Located just to the east of Faro, Tavira is referred to as the Queen of the Algarve. It is one of the Algarve’s most architecturally attractive towns, various cultures that have left their mark over the ages.
The castle provides a wonderful point from which to view the town – the seven arched Roman Bridge that crosses the River Gilão, the thirty-seven! Churches, the narrow winding streets and white-washed houses. It is the perfect town for leisurely strolls and at night the illuminated bridge provides a magical glow to the riverfront, where you can find lots of restaurants.
From Tavira there are regular ferries across to the Ilha de Tavira – a wonderful, 10 km long sandy island. Nearby, don’t miss one of the Algarve’s best kept secrets – Cacela Velha. A tiny white-washed village perched above the ocean with stunning views both inland and out to sea. The village has a beauty all its own and must be seen to be appreciated.