Algarve, Europe’s sunniest spot where the finest beaches and weather on the continent meet traditional historic Portugal.
The area is a compact, well-defined and historically ancient province, quite distinct from the rest of Portugal. It is not quite 100 miles long and about 30 miles broad.
The coastal belt where most Algarveans live is fringed with sand-spit islands, lagoons, drifted dunes, spectacular headlands, cosy coves
and vast open beaches.
Tavira is 30 minutes drive from Faro airport. Spain is only a half hours drive to the east.
It is one of the oldest towns on the Algarve with its narrow cobbled streets, a hilltop castle, and 25 churches. With its inviting long beaches, typical roofs and chimneys, this picturesque town offers a beautiful view over the Gilão river and its Roman bridge.
If you are browsing along the Travessa de Dona Brites, you will see splendid medieval houses, with Gothic windows and portals.
The town is separated from the sea by the island of Tavira. 11 kilometres of white sand beaches reached by a ferry from the quay during the summer.In the town centre good restaurants can be found either side of the River Gilao.
Tavira market, exhibitions & shops are also situated here.
Nearby towns of Loulé and Faro are steeped in history, with traditional weekly markets and fine shops. There is a wide selection of fine Portuguese, English and French style restaurants.
A short drive away west of Faro is fashionable Vilamoura with its modern casino featuring an inclusive dinner and floor show, and mythical Albufeira, the holiday place chosen by the Rolling Stones and Cliff Richard, which has developed into the most popular resort of Portugal.
There are windsurfing and sailing centres and you can also ride in the pine forests or on the beach or take lessons at the Riding Centres and finally you can play one of the famous golf courses.
In the Centre of Algarve, you can also visit the beautiful area of Portimão, and enjoy your stay in the uncrowded fisherman’s village of Ferragudo.