Our Algarve tour reaches Day 25, we remain in the eastern Algarve, and travel west along the coast for our Tavira 2 day tour. Welcome to Tavira, a land of churches and island beaches. Tavira has churches from all eras and is blessed with a long coastline of secluded beaches.
Leaving the Guadiana river behind, I continued driving along the south coast of the Algarve until I reached the town of Tavira.
I started my tour at the Mercado da Ribeira, an old market set along the riverfront, where the food stalls have been replaced by small shops and cafés. There were a couple of free tables outside, so I decided to grab a cup of coffee here before moving on.
Right in front of the market, I found a garden surrounded by palm trees and red-wooden benches leading the way to a gorgeous bandstand.
From here, I walked to the Tavira Municipal Museum, where I saw a variety of artefacts that were discovered in the region and a photo exhibition showcasing the fishing traditions of Tavira.
Before heading to the Castle of Tavira, I made a quick stop for lunch at Restaurante Avenida. The restaurant was tiny, but the food was absolutely delicious. I ordered the seafood rice and ate it, spoon by spoon, until the pot was nearly empty, leaving a bit of room for dessert.
It was easy to spot the castle on my way out, as its walls started to emerge amidst the whitewashed buildings. I went inside and from the top of its walls, I could see the whole town - the river, the houses and the church towers standing out against the terracotta roofs.
A few steps away from the castle, I stumbled upon one of the many churches of Tavira, Igreja de Santa Maria do Castelo. The church had a beautiful tower featuring a clock with black pointers and a yellow rim on each of the sides.
After visiting the church, I went to the Tower of Tavira, which was just across the road. It seemed like an ordinary water tower from the outside, but inside there was actually a camera obscura providing a 360-degree projection of Tavira.
For dinner, I crossed the Roman bridge and headed to the other side of the river to eat at D’gusta. D’gusta is specialised in Portuguese tapas, so I had the chance to try a variety of dishes, from tuna tartar to octopus and sautéed mushrooms, plus a glass of sangria to wash it all down.
The team of Iberian Escapes booked me two nights at Pensão Agrícola, an old farmhouse that has been converted into a charming guesthouse. From the minute I arrived, it felt like I was home. The interior was warm and cosy and there were only a few other guests staying there, so it was the perfect place to relax.
Tomorrow, I’m going to explore the fishing villages around Tavira and visit the beaches along the coast.