Tavira Garden is unique. It is generally considered to be the most prestigious complex in the unspoilt Eastern Algarve and is composed of individually designed apartments and villas, set around spacious, mature, beautifully landscaped gardens. The complex has two large pools, two adjoining children’s pools, tennis court, gym, children’s playground and picnic area with brick barbecue. There is a restaurant and bar, with additional outside dining facilities and a poolside bar (open in the high season). Wifi is available (for free) in the apartment as well as in Reception. There is ample parking, and the reception/office is open Monday – Friday (English spoken). The complex is close to the historic town of Tavira, with its cobbled streets and numerous restaurants and cafes, many of which overlook the River Gilao. Golf courses, beaches and the nature reserve of the Rio Formosa are also close by.
Excellent location in Tavira Garden. 2 Pools, Tennis, Gym, Restaurant, Bars, Free WiFi in Apartment
Terry and Di Galvin
- Calendar last updated:
- Dec 5, 2018
About Terry and Di Galvin
We now live in Cheshire, having spent a number of years working abroad in Hong Kong, Singapore and Dubai. Terry sold computer systems, and Di was a teacher. We are now semi-retired, running our own training company, which allows us plenty of time to travel.
Terry and Di Galvin purchased this Apartment in 2006
Why Terry and Di Galvin chose Tavira
Having travelled extensively, we immediately knew that Tavira is perfect for us - historic, elegant, quaint and unspoilt – a typical Portuguese town with cobbled streets, eighteenth century houses, interesting shops and a wide variety of restaurants and street cafes, some overlooking the river. We love the Eastern Algarve – quite different from the commercialisation and over-development West of Faro, but with lots to do for everyone, whatever their age or interests. Tavira is very convenient, being 30 minutes from Faro airport. Also, the weather is perfect, having a longer season than many Mediterranean resorts.
What makes this Apartment unique
We know how important your holiday is to you, so have done everything we can to make your stay as special as possible. Our Information Book gives lots of personal information and advice about the apartment, the complex, Tavira, restaurants, things to do and places to visit. Many further suggestions have been contributed by our Guests. Tavira Garden is a unique complex with individually designed apartments and villas, some residential, some rented. Its extensive gardens are beautifully maintained . Our apartment is in a perfect position in a quiet cul-de-sac with panoramic views from our two very large terraces. It is our second home so we have spent a great deal of time and care making it as comfortable and well equipped as possible. What sets it apart from most other apartments are the two unusually large private terraces which give you the choice of full sun or breezy shade, throughout the day.
Pool / Spa
Check-in: 2:00 PM
Check-out: 10:00 AM
100% refund if canceled at least 60 days before arrival date. 50% refund if canceled at least 30 days before arrival date.
Lovely apartment with 2 balconies
Great apartment we lived the pool the air conditioning was needed as weather really hot totally recommend this apartment
A great apartment, everything that you need for a perfect holiday
We really enjoyed our stay. The spacious apartment was clean, quiet and there was everything that you need for a good holiday, aircondition, well equipped kitchen, wifi etc.
Just a short walk to the pool area.
There are two large terraces, plenty of sun at any time of the day.
The location is great, only 15 min walk into the center of Tavira.
We would highly recommend this apartment.
Great apartment in quiet location.
This really is a great apartment, one we could imagine staying for a month or more. It felt like a home. Balcony furniture could have been better, but the balconies were great and where we started and ended each day. Very peaceful location, but you pay the price from feeling detached from Tavira. Only 20 mins pleasant walk to the centre though and the roads aren't as bad as some reviews make out ... Just the one roundabout you have to pay attention to. Mattresses need upgrading and a couple of bikes would have been great. But I would be happy to return especially for a longer stay. Oh and Tavira is a wonderful town, quiet, pretty and lots of wonderful restaurants. Wi-Fi was spot on. Good, practical kitchen for using all the great produce from the local markets.
Thank you for all your comments - we're really pleased you enjoyed your holiday. We spend a lot of time in our apartment (it's our second home), and hadn't noticed any problem with the mattress. However, a comfy bed is really important so we will replace the double mattress. The single mattresses are quite new, but we'll check them out.
Beautiful well equipped property in a well maintained complex with good cafe and pool.
Overall, Tavira is quieter than other resorts like Albufeira in The Algarve but this is the whole charm of it.. fabulous beach's with handy little ferry out, the complex is outside the town and a car would be handy as we found public transport lacking .. but didn't mind the walk. Plenty of good cafes, restaurants and bars with a more upmarket vibe. Road is very busy so you would need to be able bodied as it's tricky crossing the road . The apartment is beautiful and well equipped with great verandas.. pool just a short walk. Definitely recommend this property.
Delighted and would recommend.
Super apartment. Very clean, comfortable with everything we needed and more. Two balconies, BBQ and patio furniture and lots of extra touches in the apartment. Big swimming pool which we virtually had to ourselves a lot of the time. The owners were great to deal with. The complex is next to a busy road and this is the only way into town so if walking (we were) extra care needs to be taken. But once off the main road and heading into Tavira centre it is very nice to walk around and explore. Lovely cafes, bars, restaurants by the river and around the town. The beach at Tavira Island is very good too. You need to catch the ferry to get there but it is well worth it. We were delighted with our stay and would recommend it if you want to unwind and relax.
very good home from home
excellent every thing that you needed was there from salt and pepper to a shopping trolley and if you have children with there's beach toys bucket and spade etc loved the two terraces very spacious clean and comfortable apartment no additional charges for electric a welcome change nice small super market and bar 5 mins away let your lady shop and you have a beer
The coastline of Tavira forms part of the Ria Formosa Nature Reserve, which is renowned for its birdlife and wildlife. The long, sandy beach of Ilha de Tavira is reached by a short ferry ride from Tavira, and Barri beach by miniature railway. There are restaurants and cafes, and sunloungers and umbrellas are available to hire. Lifeguards are present. There are many other quiet beaches to the East of Tavira, stretching towards the Spanish border.
Faro airport is approx 30km away. Taxis are readily available and are metered. The journey by motorway to Tavira Garden takes about 30 minutes and costs around 35 euros. All the major car hire agents are available at the airport, though it is cheaper to book in advance. We can advise you on this. Tavira railway station links with Faro, and other parts of Portugal, and buses serve a wide area, including Spain.
There is a supermarket just a few minutes walk from Tavira Garden, a shopping mall nearby and more shops, cafes and bars about 700 metres away. The town of Tavira is a short walk away. Small fishing villages such as Santa Luzia, Cabanas and Fuzeta are 5 – 10 minute’s drive or a bus or train ride. The villages of the Serra do Caldeirao are a few kilometers north in the hills, among almond and citrus groves.
Elegant, picturesque Tavira is described as the most unspoilt town of the Algarve. It dates back to around 2,000 BC, and is built on both sides of the River Gilao, with its Roman bridge, 18th century houses, a Moorish castle, and historic churches. Tavira has an air of unhurried charm, where you can stroll through the narrow cobbled streets. There are numerous pavement cafes and restaurants, some overlooking the river, some in tree-lined squares, and many scattered around the town.
Fishing is an important industry, and there is a daily market selling beautifully fresh fish, meat, fruit, vegetables and dairy produce. There are large, modern supermarkets, internet cafés, banks with cash points, a tourist office, post office and a wide variety of shops.
Rates & Availability
Booking Notes: A 50% deposit is payable at the time of booking, with the balance due 8 weeks before the arrival date. Should the booking be made less than 8 weeks before arrival, the full amount will be payable. In the case of cancellation, the amount payable will depend on whether we manage to re-rent the apartment. 30% is non-refundable; of the remaining 70%, we will refund as much as we recoup with replacement booking. We always advise guests to take out travel insurance. Payment should be made in pounds. Changeover Day: The preferred changeover day is Saturday, but this is very flexible. Where cleaning is necessary between bookings, guests will need to check out by 10.00am and check in after 2.00pm Notes on prices: Prices are per week and are inclusive of air conditioning, cleaning and linen. There are no additional charges. For payment in euros, the Owners Direct exchange rates will apply.