An important harbor city since the pre-Roman Era, the city of Tavira combines testimonies of distinct cultures; a maze of cobbled streets and white houses reflecting the intense light, with characteristic triangular roofs in four waters, the typical windows and doors, and platibandas. Its art and history, the castle, the steeples of its 21 churches, its squares and gardens, and the river running from the Barrocal and crossing the beautiful Ria Formosa, compose the uniqueness of Tavira. Quiet and serene, Tavira combines fantastic horizons of beach, sea, countryside and mountains.
A city worth visiting!
Ria Formosa is an amazing coastal lagoon that covers about 18,000 hectares of Natural Park. Its saltmarshes, labyrinthic shallow channels and barrier islands, create a unique environment of great ecological value. When hiking, biking, boating or sailing at Ria Formosa you can enjoy astonishing views and paradisiac spots. Bird-watching lovers find at Ria Formosa a unique ecosystem with several species of birds, some of them rare. Traditional economic activities such as manual salt extraction, coexist and can be observed in this environment.
In the core of the Ria Formosa Nature Park, the beaches of the barrier islands are the most beautiful in the Eastern Algarve. With large extensions of fine golden sand, the diversified offer includes the picturesque beach of Cabanas, the popular island of Tavira, the well-known beach of Barril, with its anchor cemetery – testimony of the old traditional tuna fishery; and the charming and quieter Praia da Terra Estreita, the pearl of this barrier island, which still maintains the wild groove.