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Heart of Historical Tavira-Excellent Restored Townhouse-3 Private Sunny Terraces

Bedrooms 3
Space 1,399 sq. ft.
Property type house
Minimum Stay 5 - 7 nights


About the property

Perfect Peaceful Town Centre Location - Just 5 Minutes Walk To Roman Bridge

Tavira often described by many as a well kept secret & one of the most beautiful, unspoilt cities in the Algarve. Built upon two sides of the river Gilao & spanned by a 7 arch Roman bridge.

At the heart of this beautiful city steeped in history and culture lies our charming restored original Portuguese townhouse, “Casa Marisol”. Located in a quiet residential area, on a safe and authentic working street, with charming friendly neighbours and just minutes easy walking distance to all amenities..absolutely no car necessary.

Fantastic fresh fish restaurants, cafes, historical sights, family attractions, bars, cafes, Roman bridge and a short ferry ride to the unspoilt coveted EEC blue flag awarded superb beach of Ilha de Tavira with its hidden naturist beach..all just minutes away.

Oozing charm, but with all modern updates, we invite you to relax in our spacious and comfortable home from home. Renovated to a high standard by sourcing local traditional materials. The house consists of 2 double bedrooms with 2 single beds each, one of which is on the ground floor for those with mobility problems, master bedroom with double bed and veranda doors leading directly onto the terraces, airy comfortable lounge, bathrooms and spacious well equipped kitchen leading directly to outdoor areas. Along with WiFi, AC, satellite with free view to air English & Portuguese TV channels, and heating.

Unique to any town centre property are the 3 large sunny private outdoor terraces/BBQ/Al fresco dining areas, enjoying sun and shade throughout the day.

Spacious proportions perfect for family gatherings, romantic getaways, ladies get together’s and relaxing holiday breaks. The perfect place to unwind, soak up the atmosphere and enjoy the long hot summers, and pleasant winter temperatures.

Located just a 30 minute drive from the airport, 25Km from the Spanish border and boasting some of the most fabulous blue flag awarded beaches in Europe, makes thr house and Tavira the perfect holiday destination or an ideal base for exploring..


More Details

The Owner
Member since: 2009
Premier Partner

This VRBO partner has demonstrated and is committed to fast response times, the best rates, and a great guest experience.

Speaks: english
Response time:
Within an hour
Response rate:
Calendar last updated:
September 25, 2018

About The Owner

We are a Portuguese husband and English wife team who frequently visited Portugal for holidays. We chose Tavira to settle and raise our family, as not only was it my husbands birth place, but also one of the most beautiful and family orientated places we had ever been to. The children settled and adjusted to life in Portugal immediately and have all been educated locally. My husband is in construction and I am forever finding him little jobs to do. Our Tavira house project started out as one of these little jobs..

Why The Owner chose Tavira

We immediately fell in love with the house. It was in a bad state of repair, but had such great potential and such a unique feel to it. Something that we couldn’t let slip by was the chance to own a part our family culture and heritage and the great opportunity to conserve this for future generations. Just a lick of paint is the phrase I remember using to convince my husband to buy. In reality we replaced everything, all that remained was the original outer thick clay and stone walls and it’s amazing historical location which can never be taken away. The renovation was a joint family effort and has been described by our family and friends as a true labour of love..

What makes this house unique

We consider ourselves to be very priviliged to own a part of the Historical Old Town. During renovation we made the decision not to destroy this unique house by converting it into two separate apartments, but to keep the original size, structure and fabulous outdoor spaces. Renovated to a high standard, yet remaining charming, original, comfortable and quirky with all modern living conditions. We used locally sourced traditional materials like the handmade clay floor tiles and high wooden ceilings. It is a true representation of the unique atmosphere that Tavira still retains. By keeping it’s unique charm we are hopefully capturing the essence of Tavira and its lovely warm & welcoming locals and it is this, along with it’s great central location, that makes our house and Tavira so very special.


Tavira House Accommodation and Amenities

Property Type:
  • house
  • Guests provide their own meals
Floor Area:
  • 1399 sq. ft.
House Rules:
  • Check-in: 4:00 PM
  • /
  • Check-out: 10:00 AM
  • Max. occupancy: 6
  • Children welcome
  • Parties/events not allowed
  • Pets not allowed
  • Non smoking only ...
  • Please be respectful of the house and surrounding neighbours.
Location Type:
  • Beach
  • Downtown
  • Near The Ocean
  • Resort
  • Town
  • Adventure
  • Away From It All
  • Family
  • Historic
  • Romantic
  • Sports & Activities
  • Tourist Attractions
  • Air Conditioning ...
  • Baby Gate
  • Elevator
  • Fan
  • Hair Dryer
  • Heating ...
  • Internet
  • Iron & Board
  • Linens Provided ...
  • Living Room
  • Parking
  • Telephone
  • Towels Provided ...
  • Washing Machine
  • Wireless Internet ...
  • Wood Stove
  • 4 Ring Stove
  • Coffee Maker
  • Dishes & Utensils
  • Kettle
  • Kitchen
  • Microwave ...
  • Oven
  • Pantry Items
  • Refrigerator
  • Stove ...
  • Toaster
  • Child's Highchair
  • Dining ...
  • Dining Area
  • seating for 6 people
  • 2 Bathrooms
  • Family Bathroom 1 located on the ground floor - toilet , shower , bidet , Perfect for those with mobility problems
    Bathroom 2 to the rear of the property serving outdoor area - toilet , shower
  • 3 Bedrooms, Sleeps 6
  • Bedroom 1 located on the ground floor - 2 twin/ single , Perfect for those with mobility problems
    Bedroom 2 located on first floor - 2 twin/ single , Accessed from master bedroom with access to terraces
    Master bedroom located on the first floor - 1 double , With direct access via french doors to all three terraces
  • All bedrooms have air conditioning, are spacious, have comfortable beds and quality bed linen.
  • Books ...
  • DVD Player
  • Games ...
  • Satellite / Cable ...
  • Television
  • Video Library
  • Balcony ...
  • Beach Umbrellas
  • Courtyard
  • Deck / Patio ...
  • Garden Table & Chairs
  • Golf ...
  • Lawn / Garden ...
  • Outdoor Furniture
  • Outdoor Grill
  • Parasol
  • Porch / Veranda ...
  • Yard
  • Long-term Renters Welcome
  • wheelchair inaccessible ...
Pool / Spa:
  • Spa Whirlpool
  • bay/sound
  • churches
  • cinemas
  • festivals
  • library
  • live theater
  • marina
  • museums
  • nude beach
  • playground
  • recreation center
  • restaurants
  • ruins
  • theme parks
  • water parks
  • waterfalls
  • winery tours
Leisure Activities:
  • beachcombing
  • bird watching
  • boating
  • disco club
  • eco tourism
  • horseback riding
  • outlet shopping
  • paddle boating
  • scenic drives
  • sight seeing
  • walking
  • water sports
Local Services & Businesses:
  • ATM/bank
  • fitness center
  • groceries
  • hospital
  • laundromat
  • massage therapist
  • medical services
Sports & Adventure Activities:
  • cycling
  • deepsea fishing
  • equestrian events
  • fishing
  • golf
  • hiking
  • jet skiing
  • mountain biking
  • paragliding
  • pier fishing
  • roller blading
  • sailing
  • scuba diving or snorkeling
  • snorkeling
  • sound/bay fishing
  • surf fishing
  • surfing
  • swimming
  • tennis
  • water skiing
  • wind-surfing


Wonderful! 4.8/5 -
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Heart of Historical Tavira-Excellent Restored Townhouse-3 Private Sunny Terraces
average rating of 4.806452 based on 31 reviews

Fantastic holidays

  • 5 of 5

Would recommend Casa Marisol as a great place to stay, & we're sure anyone would feel the same. Perfectly situated in the historic centre, nice and quiet and spotlessly clean. Close to all the restaurants and local artesian shops. The municipal market is a short walk away, with a great variety of organic fresh fruit, veg, and fresh seafood for the BBQ. Perfect base to explore. Very pretty boat ride to the local beach, which is geared up perfectly for families and teenagers equally, fantastic ! Would thoroughly recommend


  • Submitted: Sep 5, 2018
  • Stayed: August 2018
  • Source: HomeAway
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Brilliant House in Tavira

  • 5 of 5

House is as described, spacious, clean and homely, it was perfect for us. Had everything that we needed to make our stay a memorable one. Nestled amongst the cobbled streets, Casa Marisol was located in an excellent place to explore the beautiful and charming town of Tavira. The beach is fabulous and can be reached by catching a boat from the waterfront, which is a few minutes walk from the house. Lots of great restaurants to choose from. Would definitely recommend to family & friends!

  • Submitted: Sep 8, 2018
  • Stayed: June 2018
  • Source: HomeAway
Owner's Response: Thank you for your lovely review Matthew, happy to have you back
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Everything we needed and more!

  • 5 of 5

Great accommodation, so close to town but not noisy at all. Highlight for us was being able to make full use of the private terraces that the house offered. We really enjoyed sitting outside in the sunshine, drinking a nice glass of vinho verde. When it got a bit too hot we had the advantage of being able to move to another terrace in the shade. Have already recommend to friends & family. Thank you for a lovely stay at your charming house, feeling relaxed and energised.


  • Submitted: Sep 5, 2018
  • Stayed: June 2018
  • Source: HomeAway
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Good location in the middle of town

  • 4 of 5

We had a nice relaxing week in Tavira, the house was very clean and had everything you needed, it had plenty of space, the wifi worked well and the aircon was great. The house itself is "quirky" this means it has many nice features and not conventional in its layout but not necessarily to everyone's taste. The lack of a bathroom upstairs is a slight issue mainly because the stairs are very steep and could be difficult in the dark, also you have to access the 2nd bedroom via the 1st bedroom. The main double bed was too hard for me and squeaked a lot when moving about, the hardness of beds seems to be common in Europe may be I'm just getting too used to the personal comforts of home! Again the stairs outside to access the higher outdoor areas are very steep so we never used these areas, carrying drinks etc is a bit of a challenge. None of these things are major issues but could be better highlighted in the description and overall we did really enjoy our stay and we will be back in Tavira again soon (hopefully).

  • Submitted: Jul 16, 2018
  • Stayed: June 2018
  • Source: HomeAway
Owner's Response: Dear Simon & Jennifer, thank you for your 4 star review. Good to hear that you had a good stay and that the firmer beds of Europe have not stopped you from a return visit. During the renovation of our original townhouse, we made the conscious decision to preserve as many original features and character as possible, and lovingly sourced local hand made materials in the rebuild. We believe that this, along with the outdoor space and superb location, are what sets the house apart from the rest. The character is what makes our house, like Tavira, so endearing, unique and special. The house is set over two floor and whilst the original layout and steps could be considered a little steep for some, the addition of plenty of hand rails hopefully remedies this. The double bedroom on the ground floor is designed perfectly around a couple as yourself, all on one level alongside the bathroom, living room, large kitchen and all with easy direct access to outside garden. We constantly update the house with all modern facilities that renters have come to expect of their holiday accommodation, and hope that we have also created a real home from home. A nice relaxing week is the perfect’s what we aim to deliver and is what holidays are all about. We look forward to seeing you soon.
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A typical Portuguese property. Quite cool indoors. Stairs not too good for the older generation.

  • 4 of 5

Tavira is an excellent place to stay. Good bus and train service to lots of different places. Plenty to visit in Tavira itself. Hope to return next year.

  • Submitted: May 21, 2018
  • Stayed: May 2018
  • Source: Owners Direct, from HomeAway
Owner's Response: Glad that you enjoyed your stay in our restored townhouse and that you were able to easily access all the excellent amenities close by on foot, including great transport links. It was a pleasure to guide you through the booking process & to answer your many questions along the way. We look forward to welcoming you back, see you soon Mildred
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Perfect house, location and host

  • 5 of 5

We spent a week at this charming, full-of-character house, which is exactly as described. The three outside areas, which provide both sun and shade all day long, are a highlight, but the cool, clean, spacious, quirky interior also makes the place special. We had everything we needed for a thoroughly relaxing holiday.

The location is also ideal, being just a few minutes level walk from restaurants, bars, a supermarket and the bustling centre of Tavira. You couldn't really go wrong with any of the restaurants, all serving delicious food at good prices.

The owner Vicky and welcoming host Julie were both super-helpful, Julie being on hand to show us around initially and promptly answer questions throughout our stay. We also found the folks of Tavira to be extremely friendly and welcoming.

Thank you so much Vicky for sharing your house with us. It was perfect!

  • Submitted: Apr 29, 2018
  • Stayed: April 2018
  • Source: HomeAway
Owner's Response: Dear Mark, thank you for taking the time write this amazing review. You were great guests and we look forward to welcoming you and your lovely family back anytime.
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Nearest Airport
25 Kilometres
Faro 30 minutes drive away
Nearest Barpub
100 Metres
Close to many excellent bars and restaurants
Nearest Ferry
600 Metres
By the riverside
Nearest Golf
5 Kilometres
Benamor in Cabanas, 5 minutes drive away
Nearest Train
1 Kilometres
Tavira Centre
Nearest Motorway
3 Kilometres
Nearest Restaurant
50 Metres
Too many too choose from
Nearest Beach
1 Kilometres
Ilha de tavira
Car: not necessary

Always something to do..

Choose from a year round calendar of events.

Enjoy the fun of carnival in February and the religious parade at Easter. Visit nearby restaurants participating in the gastronomy festival in May, or enjoy the popular wine tasting festival in July.

Eat sardines and dance the night away with the locals in June at the celebration of Sao Joao, where the tradition of decorating the town in hand made paper flowers still continues.

Visit the European 'open air' film festival set amongst the magnificent cloisters of the Convento do Carmo in July/August. Enjoy outdoor live music, art and street theatre and free family entertainment at the height of summer.

A visit to the local fresh produce and fish market is a must, as is the monthly gypsy market, where bargains can be found.

Bird watching or cycling the Ecovia route via the most unspoilt nature reserve Ria Formosa Nature Park, where local bird life and flamingos are in abundance. Endangered species such as the chameleon, a reptile that only exists in the south of Portugal, can be found. The Ria Formosa is also known for the breeding of the Portuguese Water Dog.

Shellfish farming is a very economic activity in the tidal flats of the Ria Formosa, as is the informative display of how salt is produced from the local salt pans.

Many championship Golf courses close by. Benamor being the closest and just 5 mins drive. The most exclusive and best course Monte Rei Golf & Country Club a other prestigious courses are all within a 20 minute drive.

Experience the local cafe culture, and soak in the relaxing atmosphere of Tavira with its winding cobbled streets. Watch the world go by and enjoy a long cool drink in one of the many sidewalk cafes. Treat yourself to one of the infamous delicious Pastel de Nata cakes, originating in Lisbon and more recently being celebrated on “Bake off.”

Tavira with its warm, welcoming friendly locals who are representative of the Portuguese. Happy in sharing and celebrating their history, culture and treasures with you..


Rates & Availability

Taxes and fees are additional

Additional information about rental rates

Fees No additional mandatory fees
Refundable damage deposit $262.33

Cancellation policy :Strict 60 days before arrival 100% refund. Less than 60 days no refund given. Cancellations will be subject to a £50.00/€50.00 administration charge.

Owner's Cancellation Policy

  • 100% refund if canceled at least 60 days before arrival date.
  • Service Fee fully refunded on cancellations that qualify for 100% refund.

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