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Tavira Algarve – A Must Stopover on Your Algarve Holiday

Updated on March 14, 2011

If you´re in to admiring old churches then this is the place for you. Tavira in the Algarve as got 37 churches. Of course you won’t be able to visit all of them at once, but do visit the landmark church with the bell tower! Santa Maria do Castelo Church is the most visited! While you´re here, visit as well the castle, which is fairly close by!

For centuries Tavira was linked to the rest of the East Algarve by only one arcs bridge that crosses the Gilão River! Many folks think that this bridge was Roman built but in fact recent arqueology studies proved it to be Moorish! Only three decades ago was a second bridge built then later a third and a forth!

As incredible as it may seem, Tavira is one of the few places that has kept its traditional looks despite the ever growing demand for tourist developments!

Tavira has truly maintained faithful on its traditions and architectural enterprises! The tourist boom was never felt in Tavira as it was in other locations and Algarvean style homes are abundant!

Birds eye view of the Moorish Tavira bridge
Birds eye view of the Moorish Tavira bridge
Tavira island beach
Tavira island beach

At one time this was the largest tuna fishing port in the nation! Thousands of workers were involved either directly or not in the tuna fishing / transformation industry! The factory where this all happened was abandoned for decades but now transformed into a hotel! Just east of Tavira  there is a beach where large anchors were neatly laid and as a reminder of all those who lost their lives at sea.

A Bit of History

Tavira goes way back to the Phoenicians until it was struck by pillage and destruction and eventually the settlers abandoned it, preferring the safety of the hills! Decades later a slow resettlement was on the rise and during the Roman Empire it was an important location! Roman rule in Tavira was brought down not only because of its weakening empire but Moorish conquest! The five century old Moorish rule left an inheritance that makes the Algarve so unique! This rule came to an end with the expansion of the Portuguese territories to the South and expelling the Moors!

Back to Tavira Today

Tavira has had for the past few terms an executive council that their main objective is definitely progress but in a well planned manner! Developments still on the drawing charts must pass strict evaluations and those who do not bear the traditional architectural lines and do not benefit this growing community will be sent back unlicensed!

No Wonder Tavira is attracting more people from abroad and even residents from the west!

In conclusion, Tavira beach is just a short boat trip through the “quatro águas” where you will find massive sand expanses for you to catch your rays! Keep in mind not to surprise you that the far west part of this beach is called “praia do homen nu”, Naked mans beach! Just to let you know if you´re into naturism!

After a good day at the beach and back at home for a nice cool shower, readying yourself for a restaurant pick, just to let you know Taviras night life is teaming with restaurants and bars that cater to all folks national and foreign with a smile!

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      nelson soares 7 years ago from Sunny Algarve

      Thanks for reading Kaie! You´re welcome anytime and I´ll show you some good fishing spots too!

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      Kaie Arwen 7 years ago

      If I ever get to Algrave, I'll be stopping. Love to fish! kaie

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      nelson soares 7 years ago from Sunny Algarve

      It is a beautiful beach, good fishing spot too! Thanks for reading!

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