Apartment in Tavira, Eastern Algarve, Portugal - Luxury Apartment Within Walking Distance To Tavira Town Centre And Several Beautiful Beaches Near By
Jan and Paul Bodin
About Jan and Paul Bodin
My husband Paul and I live in Wiltshire with our family. We were lucky enough to purchase a fantastic apartment on a wonderful complex in Tavira. It is such a lovely area, very picturesque and perfect for our family holidays and golfing trips. My husband is a retired professional footballer. He is now a football coach and I run several childcare business's. It is very important for us to have a retreat where we can go and relax and enjoy the Eastern Algarve at its best. It is our pleasure to share this with you. We have furnished our apartment to a high standard and hope this will allow you to feel comfortable and unwind in the beautiful surroundings. If you have any questions please don’t hesitate to contact us via phone or email. We hope you enjoy your stay in Tavira as much as we do.
Jan and Paul Bodin purchased this Apartment in 2008
Why Jan and Paul Bodin chose Tavira
Our family have been visiting the Algarve for many years,family holidays/golfing trips. When we stayed in Tavira we fell in love with the Town and its surrounding areas. Tavira is the most elegant and beautiful town on the Algarve, traditional,with Roman and Moorish history and retaining a rare unspoilt charm. It has many shops, restaurants and cafe's and bars along narrow cobbled streets either side of the river. The beaches are exquisite, golden sand and crystal clear waters, and for the golf enthusiast, you will be spoilt for choice with 6 quality courses in close proximity. It has everything we look for in a holiday, hence us purchasing this property.
What makes this Apartment unique
The apartment is in a safe gated complex, it boasts two pools, decking area and manicured landscaped gardens. The apartment is modern contemporary build with a full range of appliances such as visual telephone intercom, satellite TV, music docking system, wifi, air conditioning, fridge/ freezer, hob/oven built in microwave/oven, dish washer, washing machine and dryer. The apartment is in close proximity to central Tavira, easy walking access to shops, café’s, restaurants and bars, ancient castle, churches, traditional tiled houses a Roman bridge spanning the broad River Gilao. While staying at the apartment you will enjoy the tranquil relaxing way of life and feel totally at ease.
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Great apartment! Very comfortable and has everything you would need including cool bag and beach towels. We had an issue with a shower and the owners sorted it within an hour...excellent!
Lovely quiet area. After a 10-15 mins walk you are in the centre of Tavira.
Beautiful pool. The pool and the gardens are kept to a high standard, we saw the pool man and the gardeners several times also the handymen during our week.
We found having a car was a great help especially if you wanted to do a shop at the supermarket.
Only negative the steps down to centre of Tavira may be a struggle for people less fit.
Enjoyed our holiday very much.
Really lovely appartment
Clean with everything we needed and beautiful
Many thanks for your kind review , you and your family would always be most welcome should you return to Tavira in the future
Paul and Jan
Lovely apartment exactly as the pictures show
This is a lovely well equipped apartment with all the comforts of home. The kitchen is particularly well equipped (but put a sharp knife in your hold luggage!) and the bathrooms are great. We stayed here at the beginning of November so although the weather wasn't particularly kind it was still lovely to wander around the quaint town of Tavira. Dulce was there to meet us on our arrival to show us around the apartment and Jan and Paul were quick to respond when we texted them with a small problem. It was extremely quiet whilst we were there and the pool was freezing cold, but that is to be expected in November. Don't be put off by the steps down to the town they are well built and well lit at night, and even recovering from a broken ankle I managed to navigate them down and back up when we visited Sal No Ponto restaurant just at the bottom of the steps, which we can highly recommend and which seems to be used by many of the locals which is always a good sign. We can also recommend Mira Tapas Bar on the other side of the river, where they serve great and unusual tapas. We spent quite a lot of time there! And a trip over to Tavira Island is a must, even though it was a bit like a ghost town in November, but the beaches are lovely and clean, great for kids and the one restaurant which was open (La Sal) was pricey but excellent.
Many thanks for your review !
We are so pleased you enjoyed your time in Tavira and enjoyed the home comforts in our apartment. You would be most welcome in the future hopefully with some kinder weather
Paul and Jan
Nice stay at a pleasant apartment in Tavira
Let's get the "bad" bits out of the way. First of all the promised "meet and greet" did not materialise and we never saw the lady the whole week we were there. So we had no instructions about the complex etc. or any local info. to go on. The hairdryer didn't work (that happens) so we were promised a replacement by text - whilst we were out someone let themselves into the apartment and left a new iron!! A couple of the loungers were broken as well.The complex has no snack bar or shop nearby so do not assume you can easily get provisions - whilst I agree a car is not essential, if we stayed again we would hire one for the shopping alone. The steps up to the complex are a bit of a challenge as well.
However, the good bits - nice spacious apartment, comfy bed, plenty of hot water and lovely shower & bath, lovely pool, lovely beach (the ferry journey over is great) and the sea was like bath water it was so warm. Tavira is a lovely traditional town with more places to eat than you can manage and the people were lovely - definitely not an egg-and-chips resort. The apartment owners are also very helpful, a shame they were let down by their local "help".
Would recommend but personally would advise a car. Also recommend SunLine taxis from the airport - they were excellent.
Thank you for your review ! First of all apologies for our management companies failure to meet and greet you as we recently discussed ,
As you know we tried to replace the hair dryer up on your request which has now been resolved. At the end of a busy season we try to replace all overused/tired items where necessary.
We endeavour to keep high standards at our apartment and complex and are pleased you enjoyed your stay whilst in Tavira.
Kind Regards Jan and Paul
From start to finish if we had any questions the owner was very willing to answer them for us. The apartment was perfect for us and our two boys had everything and more to make our week here very relaxing.
Many thanks for your positive review and pleased you and your family had a great time.
You would be very welcome should you wish to return to Tavira in the future.
Best wishes Paul and Jan
Great location & lovely apartment
Very clean & comfortable, I would recommend staying here. A nice complex and walkable to Tavira town.
Thank you Jane for your kind words and pleased you and your family enjoyed your stay in our apartment !
Special interest holidays:
Many People Come To The Eastern Algarve To Bird Watch, As The Ria Formosa is the most impressive birding site in the Algarve. Large Areas Of Dunes, Lagoons, Channels, Islands, Saltpans, pools and river mouths, a heaven for the ornithologist.
The spectacular beaches that run along the eastern Algarve have beautiful golden sands and crystal clear warm waters
Isla De Tavira Beach - can be reached by the beach ferry or a water taxis that you can catch along side the river in Tavira Town.
Barril Beach, Santa Luzia - Another Tavira Beach, Which Is A 4 Min Drive Or You Can Catch The Local Bus. All the beaches boast fantastic restaurants and bars.
There are many more beautiful beaches along the coast from Faro to the Spanish boarder.
Faro Airport Is approximately 35km/25 mins drive from our apartment. airport transfers can be arranged, car hire is available at the airport with very competitive rates, although car hire is not essential for your holiday.
Tavira town centre is only a 10 min walk from our apartment. Tavira is known as little venice or the gem of the eastern Algarve with its roman bridge many churches, ancient castle and the river Gilao Running Through The Town Towards The Isla De Tavira. There are excellent shopping centres in faro and tavira has its very own shopping mall. You can take a trip to the famous water park or zoo marine reached by car (45mins)
Tavira has a train and bus station for trips further afield.
Tavira is one of the most elegant and beautiful towns on the Eastern Algarve, it can be explored by foot, a train ride that takes you through the town and out towards the beach or horse and carriage.
Tavira is drenched in history, roman and moorish, retaining a rare and unspoilt charm.
You will be spoilt for choice with all the river side cafe bars/internet wifi cafes, the many many restaurants along each side of the river, or the narrow cobbled side streets where you can enjoy alfresco dinning at its best, connected by the Roman Bridge. Ancient castle, old churches, traditional tiled houses and roman bridge spanning the broad river Gilao running through the town makes Tavira unique. There is a huge indoor market selling fresh fruit, vegetables, fish and meat. Many shops and a shopping mall gran plaza. Tavira is the home for many festivals all through the summer, enjoy a long cool drink at the romantic square, relax and watch the world go by.