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Destination guide

Bag your perfect Tavira holiday rental

Tavira is right up there with the chart-topping resort towns that pepper the more popular western reaches of the Algarve. With roots in the Moorish era, its centre, beautifully strung out along the drifting Rio Gilao, comes laden with arabesque architecture and weathered cobbled lanes. Azulejos-fronted mansions also crowd the plazas, while romantic pousadas and little Portuguese cafes spill onto the river's edge. Tavira holiday lettings are the perfect base from which to explore all that, before breaking away from the age-old city to laze on the glowing, daffodil-hued sands of Tavira Island or sail between the salt pans of the wild Ria Formosa.


The rich history of Tavira

Tavira started life way back when the Phoenician Greeks sailed across the Mediterranean to seed their colonies at the end of the Iberian Peninsula. That occurred sometime around 1,000 BC, before the Romans arrived and created the trading port of Balsa, on the coast, close to where the town sits today. However, modern Tavira was begun with the Moors, closer to 700 AD. They built the Castle of Tavira, which can still be seen – half-crumbling and overgrown – between the cobbled lanes and whitewashed buildings on the west banks of the Rio Gilao. The Christian reconquest of Iberia brought bloody battles to the town in the 13th century, while a great earthquake in 1755 helped to decimate the salt production industries that once dominated the shores, nearby.

Day trips

Excellent day trips near holiday homes in Tavira

  • Drive south-west to Tavira Island to park up close to pristine beaches and turquoise seas
  • Go westward to the winding water channels of the Ria Formosa – they are a hotspot for birders and wildlife lovers
  • Visit the Santo Antonio Marsh Natural Reserve on the Spanish border, to the east, where it's even possible to spot pink flamingos
  • Head to the town of Faro, just 30 minutes to the west, which has an elegant 13th-century cathedral and stunning beaches backed by high cliffs
How to get there

How to get to and around Tavira

The nearest airport is in Faro (FAO-Faro Intl.), located 19 mi (30.6 km) from the city centre.

If you're travelling by train, make your way to Tavira Station or Conceição Train Station to see more of the city.

How to get around

Travelling around Tavira and area

While the center of this pretty resort is completely – and pleasantly – walkable, it might be worth considering renting a car to go with your Tavira holiday let. That's because many of the Tavira villa rentals suited to family travellers are actually found on the outskirts of town, a short drive from the beaches and the pretty Moorish buildings in the city itself. What's more, it shouldn't be hard to find a stay with a parking space provided. There are also regional train links that connect Tavira to both the city of Faro and the Spanish border, to the east.

Essential info

Things to remember in Tavira

  • Tavira is a popular summer resort, which means it's at its busiest between May and September
  • The driving side in Portugal is on the right
  • It's normal to leave a 10% tip in the restaurants in Tavira, so long as cover charges aren't added to the final bill
  • Use the European number of 112 in case of an emergency when holidaying in Tavira
  • Bring plenty of sun cream to your Tavira holiday let – things can get toasty in this corner of the Algarve

How many holiday rentals are available around Tavira?

Our 2022 accommodation listings offer a large selection of 2,024 holiday lettings around Tavira. From 358 villas to 969 flats & apartments, find unique self catering accommodation for you to enjoy a memorable stay with your family and friends for a long holiday or a weekend break.

What are the most popular destinations to visit in Tavira?

There are many lovely places to stay for a long holiday or just a weekend break in Tavira. From Vrbo UK travellers, the popular destinations to visit are:

  • Conceicao e Cabanas de Tavira: 295 holiday homes
  • Santa Catarina da Fonte do Bispo: 1,439 holiday homes
  • Santa Luzia: 818 holiday homes
  • Santo Estêvão: 750 holiday homes
  • Cabanas: 1,158 holiday homes

Vrbo UK offers you the possibility to discover many other popular destinations in Tavira! Please use our search bar to access the selection of self catering accommodations available in other popular destinations.

What are the most popular points of interest and landmarks to stay near in Tavira?

Vrbo UK offers a large selection of holiday lettings near great places to visit in Tavira. From Vrbo UK travellers, the top popular points of interest to stay for a holiday trip or just for a weekend are:

  • Old Town: 1,913 holiday rentals
  • Tavira Castle: 1,969 holiday rentals
  • Tavira Tower: 1,969 holiday rentals
  • Tavira Gran Plaza Shopping Mall: 1,938 holiday rentals
  • Tavira Living Science Center: 1,941 holiday rentals

But there are many other points of interest around Tavira listed on Vrbo UK where you can find your place to stay. Just write your wanted destination in our search bar and have a look at our selection of holiday accommodations.