Tavira and around
Tavira, ~30km/20mi east of Faro, is one of the most beautiful towns in the Algarve
and a clear winner if you are looking to base your vacation in the Eastern Algarve.
The town straddles the broad Rio Gilão, a tidal estuary which is overlooked by balconied
houses and traversed by several bridges, one of Roman origin. Despite ever increasing
visitor numbers and ongoing tourist development, Tavira still makes a living as a
fishing port, an industry attested to by the many fine seafood restaurants along
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Going east toward the Spanish border (~20km/15mi from Tavira with no passport formalities), you come to several more excellent beaches; Manta Rota, Monte Gordo, Cacelha Velha, Fabrica are well worth a stop en route. The Ria Guadiana forms the border between Spain and Portugal. The river town of Villa Real do Santo Antonio is renowned for its many shops offering a fantastic variety of house wares. The scenic route following the river north takes you to the fortified towns of Castro Marim, Alcoutim, Mertola, etc. For the more adventurous, the sophisticated shopping, the bull ring and the equestrian activities of Seville are 90 minutes motorway drive from Tavira.
Seven golf courses lie within 5 to 25 minutes drive of Tavira – including Quinta da Cima, once rated as the best course in Portugal by the authoritative “PEUGEOT Guide”. Within an hour you can reach almost all of the well known Algarve courses – plus Islantilla and Isla da Canela just over the border in Spain. UK, France, Benelux, etc! For competitive airport car rental at Lisbon, Faro, Seville, Tavira, etc, click on the following link: http://www.cartrawler.com/affiliates/afullrequest.asp?client=60938.