The historic fishing town of Tavira, which was the most important trading port in the Algarve during the 16th to the 18th century, is located just 6 km from Casa Verdazul is. Tavira is fortunately not yet affected by mass tourism, and today it is still a historic and lively city with a lot of charm. The Moorish influences are clearly visible and visitors can enjoy the picturesque surroundings next to the Gilão river. The Roman Tavira bridge with seven arches, spans the river and you can look down and see the fishermen in the shallow waters looking for cockles.
Venice of the Algarve
Not for nothing is Tavira called the “Venice of the Algarve”! There is a lot to discover around the river in the old town: architecture, authentic Portuguese tiled ‘city houses’, delightful narrow streets, shops, beautiful gardens and squares and of course many restaurants, wine bars and cafes.
Enjoy the Tavira photo gallery below. Most of the photos were taken by our Dutch house photographer Ron Isarin. He has a lovely shop called Blossom, opposite the old market hall on the river in Tavira. You can go there to flavour the charming atmosphere of Tavira and Portugal in photo form. The photos are printed on various beautiful materials and you can buy them on the spot or have them delivered to your home address.
Be sure to take a look at the colourful and fragrant fresh market of Tavira. The fishermen and local farmers sell their fresh goods daily (with the exception of Sunday when they are closed and on Monday when there is no fresh fish). In the outdoor kitchen of Casa Verdazul you can prepare your purchases on the barbecue!
Tip: take a ride in one of the TukTuks and let yourself be driven around by the experienced driver; he is happy to show you the sights!
There are many wonderful places to explore
In the east of Tavira, going in the direction of Spain, you will find the coastal towns of Cabanas, Cacela Velha, Altura, Manta Rota, Monte Gordo, Vila Real de Santo Antonio and Castro Marim, just to name a few. The view over the sheltered lagoon of the Ria Formosa to the Ilha beach is idyllic and there is nothing more relaxing than sitting on one of the terraces along the waterfront with a good glass of wine!