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Tavira’s origin is one of the oldest in all of Portugal, as archaeological evidence suggests it was first settled in 2,000 B.C.E. Its history is peopled with the mysterious Celtic tribe of Tartessos, the Phoenicians, the Romans, the Moors and finally Christian Portuguese. While there are some remains of all of these previous inhabitants, much of the city’s buildings were completely leveled in 1755.

Since then, however, the town has been rebuilt. Its cathedral, the Misericórdia, is but one of 37 churches, giving it the sobriquet Town of Churches. Other famous churches in Tavira include Santa Maria do Castelo, which was built on the site of a mosque. It also harbors the tombs of Dom Paio Peres Correia and his seven faithful Knights. These knights were murdered by Moors despite a tenuous truce, which spurred Dom Correia to take the town back.

Tavira’s economy used to be based on fishing, but in recent years, tuna migratory patterns have changed and sullied the fortunes of the town’s fleet. Tourism now fills the economic gap, and the town is becoming a popular golf destination. Sun-seekers come here, too, in order to enjoy Ilha de Tavira, a sandbar beach accessible by ferry boat. Like Tavira, the surrounding towns have comparable beaches, and there is also Slide and Splash Aquatic Park. Since tourism has become so integral to these communities’ economic health, English is becoming more and more prevalent.

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Despite its reliance on tourism, Tavira maintains a relaxed air about it. Where its more festive neighbors' bars and cafes are where the action is, Tavira's Praça da República marketplace is the town's social core. Bordered by a city park and covered market stalls, the Praça da República is also a great place to get a meal or coffee as street cafes can be found among the vendors' stalls and shops.

Address: Tavira, Algarve, Portugal
Admission: Free
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7 Tours and Activities to Experience Tavira

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Vacation Photographer in Tavira

Vacation Photographer in Tavira

Localgrapher is the largest network of professional photographers and videographers with more than 600 destinations around the globe! Book your private photographer and guide in Tavira to capture your picture-perfect moments while visiting amazing sites! SOLO TRAVELERS Fancy an insta-perfect photoshoot from your Tavira vacation? Localgrapher has years of experience with fashion and solo travel photography! Make your memories last a lifetime and share them on social media or display them in your home to receive an avalanche of compliments. COUPLES If you are about to propose to your loved one, honeymooning or just exploring what Tavira has to offer, put the selfie stick aside and let Localgrapher’s superb photographers take care of the photos for you both. FAMILIES & GROUPS A family trip, wedding, bachelorette party or grand get-together? Forget missing someone from pictures, we’ll capture them all!
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  • 30 minutes
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Private Photo Session with a Local Photographer in Tavira

Private Photo Session with a Local Photographer in Tavira

Want to capture your amazing honeymoon? Family vacation while the kids are still little? Your perfect couples retreat from everyday busy life? A solo trip without asking strangers to take pictures of you? Stop searching, we got you here! We are the largest network of local vacation photographers in the world! Besides Tavira, we operate in over 700 destinations worldwide! We always make sure that every special moment of each client is captured well. We believe in our service and quality of our photos so much that we even offer a 100% money back satisfaction guarantee for your photo shoot. Which means, if you don’t like the result of your photo shoot, you can contact us within 7 days and claim your money back! So what are you waiting for? Become one of our hundreds of happy customers by treating yourself to this special experience! Your family and friends will love the result too!
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  • 30 minutes
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Tavira Tuk Tuk Tour: tour with lunch and transportation to the beach included

Tavira Tuk Tuk Tour: tour with lunch and transportation to the beach included

This activity is perfect to do with friends or family. It includes several activities throughout the day and is ideal for the hot days of the season. It is more than an experience. It allows you to know and enjoy the main attractions of the city in one day. The means of transport used are still environmentally friendly, with the land tour being done in a 100% electric tuk tuk and transport by sea is done in a boat powered by solar energy. Avoid lines and do not waste time in lines to the beach, looking for attractions or restaurants.
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  • 7 hours
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Tuk Tuk Tavira tour: lunch, boat to the beach and accommodation included

Tuk Tuk Tavira tour: lunch, boat to the beach and accommodation included

This is a complete activity that includes a historical tour with a private guide, a meal, private transportation to the beach and accommodation. By booking this experience, you can have a complete and unique day and get to know the main attractions of the city. Perfect for a weekend for two, for an experience with family or friends.
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  • 1 day
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Birding Under Blue Skyes: The Great Bustard Adventure-Self-Guided Birding w/ Car

Birding Under Blue Skyes: The Great Bustard Adventure-Self-Guided Birding w/ Car

Birding Under Blue Skies: The Great Bustard Adventure is a Self-Guided Tour with Car, designed by professional local birders to help you see as much of the avifauna and flora as possible, including the enigmatic Great Bustard! In order to fully enjoy this personalised tour, you’ll be lodged in the heart of Monte Gordo, with easy access to a wealth of bird observation settings, beyond any birder’s life list!
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  • 8 days
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Ria Formosa Natural Park: A Birdwatcher’s Paradise - Self-Guided Birding w/ Car

Ria Formosa Natural Park: A Birdwatcher’s Paradise - Self-Guided Birding w/ Car

Ria Formosa Natural Park: A Birdwatcher’s Paradise is a Self-Guided Tour with Car designed to discover the special and diverse ecosystems of this region, one of the most attractive birdwatching spots in Europe. The Algarve is a famous resort, but is also an amazing site for nature observation, being home for hundreds of endemic bird species, and a wintering and feeding station for many others, which thrive in its rich wetlands, saltmarshes, saltpans, and woods.
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  • 8 days
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The Ultimate Coastal Algarve Walk (Self-Guided)

The Ultimate Coastal Algarve Walk (Self-Guided)

The Ultimate Coastal Algarve Walk: From East to West Crossing Stunning Landscapes is a Self-Guided Walking Tour in some of the Algarve’s most spectacular coastal scenarios. You’ll see that are still places with more flamingos than tourists, and where centuries’ old traditions are part of the daily life. Tavira, Portimão and Lagos are the centres of our fantastic walking and sightseeing tour.
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