Situated in the beautiful Eastern Algarve, the city of Tavira is one in which Bronze Age and Roman roots are beautifully combined with a modern, tourist-friendly ambience to create the perfect place to take a break from it all. As quickly as you see historic churches and statues, you will also spot innovative architecture used in the homes and buildings, all while still retaining that distinctive whitewashed Portuguese style
The city’s blending of the historic with the modern is partly down to the devastating earthquake of 1755. Known as the Lisbon Earthquake (much to the chagrin of locals, who will point out that the epicentre was closer to the Algarve), almost every building here was destroyed, with sites like the ruins of Tavira castle being rare visible insights of the area’s past.
With warm and sunny days all year round, holidaymakers can enjoy cheap Tavira holidays during all four seasons. Those looking to soak up the sun will mark their calendar somewhere in July or August, when rainfall is very low and temperatures average at 24°C.
Those going in the winter can still expect mild and sunny days, but rain is much more common, so it would be a good idea to plan some days around indoor events, like visiting local museums, spas, bars and restaurants. Spring is the ideal time to go if you’re looking for something in between the two.
One way to really make a full day of things is to enjoy a ferry trip to Tavira Island. It’s only a short journey and services are regular throughout the year, but those who do it are greeted by a huge stretch of gleaming sand. Sample the range of bars and restaurants here or keep things typically summery by enjoying a picnic on the golden beach.
Cheap Tavira holidays would not be complete without a mooch around the city itself either. In its main square, you can take plenty of churches and monuments, while the vast Ponte Romana bridge is worth a glimpse too.
Like anywhere in the Algarve, Tavira is a place not to leave without trying the fish and seafood. From familiar favourites like cod, to less familiar offerings like clams and octopus, the nearby water here serves up all sorts of wonders that local chefs are just waiting to dish up in unique Portuguese style. Other options here are Chinese or Italian restaurants, both of which are still likely to use local seafood. Even if you go for the home comforts of a pub meal, the battered fish on your plate might well have been in the Mediterranean Sea less than a day ago.
Eastern Algarve is generally one of the more laid back areas of the district, but nighttime revellers are still not likely to find themselves bored. With clubs open until the small hours of the morning especially in the summer, there are plenty of ways to take full advantage of the fine weather and the fun-loving nature of Tavira.